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Worshipers will be asked to keep their distance from one another and bring their own prayer rugs and copies of the Quran from home.

For Muslims around the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has put a damper on Eid Al-Fitr festivities.

Indian police beat man 'thinking he was Muslim'

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Indian police beat man 'thinking he was Muslim'

The police officers thought Deepak Bundele was Muslim because of his beard, officials allegedly told him.

Indonesia calls for Saudi decision on Mecca pilgrimage

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Indonesia calls for Saudi decision on Mecca pilgrimage

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 ...

Mapping China's Health Silk Road in the Middle East

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Mapping China's Health Silk Road in the Middle East

China is using medical diplomacy as a soft power tool in the Middle East.

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Iran reports 35 new virus deaths

Iran has reported 35 new coronavirus deaths on Saturday, the lowest number since March 7 despite a rise in infections.

Ali Bakeer

Saudi-Turkey media war reflects MBS's growing internal problems

The recent Saudi media escalation against Turkey coincides with a growing list of internal problems for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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Leading Pakistani cleric ridiculed for blaming coronavirus on women

Maulana Tariq Jameel, a senior member of the Tablighi Jamaat missionary group, has been criticized for saying women who dress immodestly are ...

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Pakistani medics wage hunger strike demanding virus protection equipment

Pakistan's health workers have complained for weeks about shortages of safety gear for frontline workers treating coronavirus patients.

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 ...

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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

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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.

UAE declares congregational Ramadan prayers 'haram' amid coronavirus pandemic

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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 ...

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

In today's roundup: Iran allows some shuttered Tehran businesses to reopen, Lebanon's Le Bristol hotel closes down and the 'Holy Fire' ceremony ...

'Holy Fire' ceremony held in empty Jerusalem church

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'Holy Fire' ceremony held in empty Jerusalem church

The ceremony, along with other events in the Holy Week leading up to Easter, was scaled back in line with a ban on public gatherings.

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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.

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 ...

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Algerian politician urges not fasting to halt coronavirus spread

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

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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, ...

Egypt religious authority advises <em>pilgrims</em> to donate Umrah funds

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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 coronavirus ...

Sebastian Castelier

Gulf hubs asphyxiated by coronavirus

Comment: The key role airlines play in Gulf development strategies implies a potentially profound knock-on effect, writes Sebastian Castelier.

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

Yemen reports its first case of coronavirus, Jordan imposes another full curfew and Iran announces a further 122 virus deaths in today's roundup.

Pakistan seeks extradition of IS leader from Afghanistan

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Pakistan seeks extradition of IS leader from Afghanistan

The Islamic State leader, Aslam Farooqi, has been wanted in connection to attacks in Pakistan last month that killed 25 worshippers.

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.

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