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Turkey claims a healthcare transformation helped suppress coronavirus cases.

Last year around 2.5 million faithful travelled to Saudi Arabia from across the world to take part in the "hajj", which Muslims must perform at least once in their life.

Saudi Arabia to enforce round-the-clock coronavirus curfew on Eid

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Saudi Arabia to enforce round-the-clock coronavirus curfew on Eid

Saudi Arabia will reimpose a full lockdown around the country during the five-day Eid al-Fitr holiday later this month.

Saudi triples VAT, suspends handouts in virus-led austerity drive

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Saudi triples VAT, suspends handouts in virus-led austerity drive

Saudi Arabia's finance minister said the kingdom will triple its Value Added Tax and halt monthly handout payments to citizens in new austerity ...

Saudi Arabia installs self-sterilisation gates in Mecca, Medina

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Saudi Arabia installs self-sterilisation gates in Mecca, Medina

Saudi Arabia has installed self-sterilisation gates at the entrances of Islam's two holiest sites in Mecca and Medina.

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China, Saudi Arabia cut $265 million coronavirus equipment deal

China will provide Saudi Arabia with medical experts and testing kits as part of a multi-million dollar deal cut between the two states.

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Saudi Arabia relaxes coronavirus lockdown except in hotspot Mecca

Authorities in Saudi Arabia announced a partial ease of 1 24-hour curfew to help stem the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Egypt arrests group for 'making mock Umrah in Alexandria'

Videos that emerged on social media on Friday showed dozens of Egyptians circling the streets of Alexandria with a model of the holy Kaaba, ...

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Watch: Saudi cleric's emotional recitation of Ramadan night prayer

Saudi Sheikh Saud al Shuraim held back tears as he recited the opening chapter of the Qur'an on the first night of Mecca's taraweeh prayers.

How coronavirus has changed the way Muslims celebrate Ramadan

Austin Bodetti

How coronavirus has changed the way Muslims celebrate Ramadan

This year, Ramadan will bear little resemblance to the celebrations that have coloured Islam's history for centuries.

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Ramadan begins under the shadow of coronavirus

Many Muslim-majority states have cancelled communal prayers and cautioned against gathering for fast-breaking meals during the holy month.

Ramadan, fasting and Covid-19: Your medical questions answered

Sarah Khalil

Ramadan, fasting and Covid-19: Your medical questions answered

Dr Milad Hilli speaks to The New Arab to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about the effects of fasting during Ramadan amid the ...

Saudi Arabia suspends congregational Ramadan prayers in Mecca, Medina

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Saudi Arabia suspends congregational Ramadan prayers in Mecca, Medina

Islam’s two holiest sites will not host public nightly prayers this Ramadan, Saudi Arabia said on Monday, cancelling this year’s itikaf and ...

Middle East braces for grim Ramadan amid coronavirus threat

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Middle East braces for grim Ramadan amid coronavirus threat

People across the Middle East are looking forward to a bleak Ramadan as social activities, communal prayers, and nightly get-togethers are ...

Islam's Prophet Muhammad's pandemic advice goes viral in 2020

Sana Uqba

Islam's Prophet Muhammad's pandemic advice goes viral in 2020

Advice given more than 1,400 years by Islam's Prophet Muhammad has gone viral in 2020, as the world grapples with the coronavirus outbreak.

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UAE declares congregational Ramadan prayers 'haram' amid coronavirus pandemic

Congregating to pray during Ramadan would endanger the lives of millions of people, the UAE said, during an announcement instructing Muslims to make supplications at home.

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Ramadan prayers to be done from home: Saudi Mufti

Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti said that Muslims must perform Ramadan's 'Taraweeh' and Eid prayers from home.

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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 ...

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Algerian politician urges not fasting to halt coronavirus spread

Algerian politician Noureddine Boukrouh urged Muslims to skip fasting this Ramadan.

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

IMF is providing Yemen immediate debt relief in bid to fight coronavirus, Mossad admits to stealing face masks amid a global shortage of PPE, ...

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Egypt religious authority advises pilgrims to donate Umrah funds

Egypt's official Islamic authority has invited Egyptians to donate funds they would have spent on their Umrah pilgrimage towards ...

Up to 150 Saudi royals have coronavirus: report

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Up to 150 Saudi royals have coronavirus: report

Prince Faisal bin Bandar Abdulaziz Al-Saud, governor of Riyadh and nephew of King Salman, is currently in ICU care after being infected.

Are religious groups undermining Pakistan's fight against Covid-19?

Syed Fazl-e-Haider

Are religious groups undermining Pakistan's fight against Covid-19?

A large gathering held last month by the Tablighi Jamaat movement, together with lockdown violations by clerics and government incompetence, are ...

Saudi expects Covid-19 cases to spike to 200,000

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Saudi expects Covid-19 cases to spike to 200,000

Saudi Arabia's health minister warned that coronavirus cases in the kingdom may spike to up to 200,000 within weeks.

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