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Top clerics have said that getting the coronavirus vaccine does not invalidate a fast, but local community leaders are working hard to reassure Muslims and promote vaccinations.

As Islam's holy month of Ramadan approaches, Muslim organisations have urged Muslims to exercise caution as the pandemic remains a threat.

Coronavirus surges across Arab world despite vaccine progress

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Coronavirus surges across Arab world despite vaccine progress

Health authorities across the Arab world are reporting an alarming rise in coronavirus infections as the fasting month of Ramadan approaches.

Ramadan: Mecca mosque to be sanitised 10 times daily

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Ramadan: Mecca mosque to be sanitised 10 times daily

The new measures were announced as Muslims prepare to begin the fasting month in mid-April.

Yemen pilgrimage draws crowds despite war, coronavirus

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Yemen pilgrimage draws crowds despite war, coronavirus

A large number of worshippers are doing the pilgrimage to the tomb of Prophet Hud in Yemen despite the war and the pandemic.

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Lebanon announces 24-hour curfew over Easter

Lebanese authorities announced a three-day lockdown over Easter weekend in April to try to avoid another surge in coronavirus cases.

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Indonesia bans Ramadan exodus over Covid-19 fears

Indonesia banned Mudik, an annual exodus that sees millions travel across the vast nation to mark the end of Ramadan, to prevent spikes in ...

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Muslims mourn and raise money for Colorado shooting victims

The Islamic Center of Boulder has launched a national fund-raising initiative to help the victims’ families under the slogan 'Muslims unite for ...

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Coronavirus vaccine does not break fast: Kuwaiti fatwa

Taking the coronavirus vaccine does not break the fast, Kuwait's Dar Al Iftaa announced.

Eid al-Fitr becomes vacation day for Pittsburgh schools

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Eid al-Fitr becomes vacation day for Pittsburgh schools

The Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr will be a vacation in all schools in the US city of Pittsburgh, the local school district has announced.

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Covid vaccine 'doesn't break Ramadan fast': British Muslim doctors

The British Islamic Medical Association says religious scholars have offered the opinion that vaccinations do not break the fast.

Jordan make-up artist lightens lockdown with celebrity impressions

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Jordan make-up artist lightens lockdown with celebrity impressions

Alaa Bliha, 27, rose to fame with videos of herself imitating famous figures from across the Arab world and beyond.

Apple supplier 'using forced Uighur labour': report

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Apple supplier 'using forced Uighur labour': report

Apple has denied any role or connection to forced labour practices in China following the release of a report by the Tech Transparency Project.

How capitalism is enabling China's Uighur repression

Malia Bouattia

How capitalism is enabling China's Uighur repression

Comment: China is couching Uighur exploitation in Xinjiang's cotton fields in the language of counter-terrorism. Everyone in the supply chain ...

570,000 Uighurs 'forced into China cotton picking camps': report

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570,000 Uighurs 'forced into China cotton picking camps': report

Researchers believe that the actual number of Uighurs suspected of being forced into the cotton picking industry could be hundreds of thousands ...

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ICC requests more evidence for Uighur genocide allegations

Lawyers have reportedly been briefed that the ICC will decide there is still not enough evidence for a full-scale investigation.

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Australian Uighur family reunited after leaving Xinjiang

Sadam Abudusalamu met his three-year-old son for the first time on Thursday when the family were reunited at Sydney airport.

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'EU fighting coronavirus with Chinese thermal cameras oppressing Uighurs'

Thermal cameras manufactured by Hikvision, a firm blacklisted by the US for alleged links to Chinese Uighur surveillance, are reportedly being ...

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Lil Mix singer Jade Thirlwall embraces Arab identity

Jade Thirlwall says she embraces her Arab identity and wants to become more vocal about her heritage as Lil Mix continue to rise.

Pope kisses Lebanese flag in solidarity over Beirut blast

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Pope kisses Lebanese flag in solidarity over Beirut blast

"A month after the tragedy... my thoughts are still with dear Lebanon and its particularly hard-pressed population," Francis said during his ...

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Turkish lawyer dies on hunger strike demanding fair trial

Ebru Timtik died in an Istanbul hospital late Thursday, and she had been fasting for 238 days.

Three Saudi men arrested over tweets mourning late dissident

Danya Hajjaji

Three Saudi men arrested over tweets mourning late dissident

Three men were arrested in Saudi Arabia after posting tweets mourning activist Abdullah Al-Hamid, who died in detention in April.

Iran arrests charity workers for 'highlighting country's problems': report

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Iran arrests charity workers for 'highlighting country's problems': report

An Iranian newspaper has claimed the arrest of three members of a student charity is due to the group 'portraying the justice and human rights ...

Iraqis seek herbal remedies amid feared second coronavirus wave

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Iraqis seek herbal remedies amid feared second coronavirus wave

Since the start of Iraq’s Covid-19 outbreak, locals have been flocking to alternative pharmacies in search of more natural remedies.

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