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Thousands of Iraqis gathered for socially distanced open-air prayers organised by firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in his east Baghdad stronghold, the first weekly prayers since mosques closed for the pandemic

Seven defendants were handed the death penalty and three others given 25-year prison terms after being convicted of killing seven people during Ashura in Saudi Arabia's Shia region

<em>Shia</em> muslims mark Ashura in Iraq's Karbala despite virus

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Shia muslims mark Ashura in Iraq's Karbala despite virus

Small clusters of pilgrims gathered outside the main mosque, wearing the customary black mourning clothes along with less traditional masks and gloves.

Sisi the so-called secularist sets his sights on Al-Azhar

Sam Hamad

Sisi the so-called secularist sets his sights on Al-Azhar

Comment: Not content with an already severely restricted public sphere, Sisi has moved to bring this 1,000-year-old Egyptian centre of learning ...

Saudi cleric ridiculed after tweeting 'erotic' poem after prayers

The New Arab Staff

Saudi cleric ridiculed after tweeting 'erotic' poem after prayers

Adil Al-Kalbani, former imam Mecca's Great Mosque, tweeted an 'erotic' poem about a woman biting her lip and eating berries.

The New Arab Staff

Dubai deputy police chief Dhahi Khalfan praises British colonialism

Dubai's controversial deputy police chief Dhahi Khalfan sparked an uproar on social media after he praised British colonialism.

Shahid Javed Burki

A tale of two Covid-19 responses

Comment: India and Pakistan's responses to the coronavirus lay bare the tradeoff between saving lives, and economic downturn, writes Shahid ...

Nazli Tarzi

Surrealist painter captures Iraq's descent into the abyss

Inside Karrar Sattar's work lives a distinctive darkness and haunting sadness that echoes the lived experiences of the nation at large.

Paul McLoughlin

How Iran's Quds Day propaganda pictures backfired

Iran's Quds Day propaganda has backfired, with Tehran's role in the Syria war brought to task.

Khamenei posts picture showing pro-Iran leaders praying in Jerusalem

The New Arab

Khamenei posts picture showing pro-Iran leaders praying in Jerusalem

Social media users were quick to ridicule Iran's latest propaganda content - a painting of an imagined gathering of Iran-backed leaders at the ...

The New Arab & agencies

Iran reopens key shrines after two-month coronavirus closure

A number of Shia Muslim shrines have reopened in Iran, with worshippers allowed to enter as long as they follow measures to prevent the ...

In pictures: Muslims celebrate Eid amid lockdowns, coronavirus fears

The New Arab & agencies

In pictures: Muslims celebrate Eid amid lockdowns, coronavirus fears

Traditional celebrations marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan have been dampened by the coronavirus pandemic, forcing many to ...

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

The New Arab

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

Sub-Saharan migrants in Morocco are trapped by coronavirus and poverty and Iran reopens mosques for holy Ramadan nights despite Covid-19. Here ...

Virus-hit Iran reopens mosques for holy Ramadan nights

The New Arab & agencies

Virus-hit Iran reopens mosques for holy Ramadan nights

Despite coronavirus fears, Iranians spilled into mosques for prayers after the Islamic Republic reopened them for two hours for Laylat Al-Qadr, ...

Germany paying 'debt' to Israel with Hezbollah ban: Iran

The New Arab & agencies

Germany paying 'debt' to Israel with Hezbollah ban: Iran

Iran argued Germany was motivated by the grim legacy of Nazi rule and its guilt over the Holocaust, the mass murder of six million European Jews ...

The New Arab & agencies

Germany bans Hezbollah, police raids mosques

Germany has banned domestic Hezbollah's activities, ordering police to raid mosques and associations linked to the Lebanese movement.

Nicholas Frakes

Lebanon prepares for muted Ramadan celebrations under coronavirus lockdown

Muslims in Lebanon are preparing for muted Ramadan celebrations amid a nationwide lockdown, but many are viewing it as an opportunity to get ...

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Coronavirus could make a mirage of Saudi's Vision 2030

Comment: Mohammed bin Salman's grand plans to diversify the economy and reduce its oil dependency could be one of coronavirus' biggest ...

The New Arab

Iraqi volunteers help needy families during virus crisis

Sensing that relying on authorities would be unwise, young activists, community figures and local religious leaders have come together to try to ...

Saudi deploys 'counter-insurgency force' to impose Riyadh coronavirus lockdown

The New Arab

Saudi deploys 'counter-insurgency force' to impose Riyadh coronavirus lockdown

The Rapid Response Force of the National Guard usually tasked with counter-insurgency has deployed armoured vehicles in the capital Riyadh to ...

The New Arab & agencies

Religion in conservative Mideast adapts to coronavirus

Leading Muslim clerics have widely backed scientifically-based measures to contain the virus, notably by supporting crowd size restrictions ...

Iraq's <em>Shia</em> defy curfews to commemorate revered imam

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq's Shia defy curfews to commemorate revered imam

There are worries coronavirus will spread further in Iraq as pilgrims flout distancing guidelines and attend the commemoration of a revered imam ...

Kuwait mosques tell believers to pray at home

The New Arab

Kuwait mosques tell believers to pray at home

Mosques in Kuwait have altered the call to prayer to include the words 'pray in your homes'.

How are Muslim authorities fighting against coronavirus?

Kamal Afzali

How are Muslim authorities fighting against coronavirus?

Imams are harnessing their powers of influence to raise awareness among Muslim masses and inculcate habits which could save lives.

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