Coronavirus Changes How Muslims WorshipAl Jazeera
Muslims worldwide are adapting their worship as more mosques continue to close over coronavirus fears.
Coronavirus Fear Cripples Refugees Living in Unsanitary CampsTRT World
For the displaced living in crowded camps, social distancing and regular hand-washing is not an option.
These Are the Faces of Muslim Women Throughout HistoryThe New York Times
Thomas Roe, Britain’s envoy in India during the 1620s, wrote of Empress Nur Jehan’s power over her husband, the Mughal emperor Jehangir, that she “governs him, and wynds him up at her pleasure”.
Anti-Muslim Talk in the Era of CoronavirusIslamophobia and Documentation project
The global coronavirus pandemic theoretically gives human kind, and especially those in positions of responsibility, a chance to rethink life. Rethink what is important and what is less important. And it forces each and every one of the human family to focus on those things that are of value to us.
Scooping Low: World Media Uses the Coronavirus to Fuel Islamophobic TropesTRT World
From prominent London-based publications like The Economist to the cartoonist of India’s left-leaning newspaper The Hindu, the editorial judgments reek of anti-Muslim hatred.
What the ‘War on Terror’ Can Teach Us About the Fight Against COVID-19Open Democracy
‘Extremism’ must not be cast as an epidemic. But we can learn relevant lessons from the problems created in countering it.
From Xinjiang to Germany: How Did Islamophobia Become a Global Phenomenon?The Guardian
The term itself was coined in the 1990s, an era defined by the end of the cold war and triumph of capitalist globalization.
Islamophobia Is Holding Muslim Women Back in the Workplace. Employers Should Be Doing MoreThe New Arab
Nearly half of Muslim women encounter Islamophobia and discrimination at work. Sami Rahman looks deeper into why, and what companies can do to empower their Muslim employees.
I Was Taught to Stand up to Islamophobia as It’s Just Like the Anti-Semitism I FaceMetro
I was educated at a typical Jewish faith school. I sang Jewish prayers, learned Hebrew and celebrated Jewish festivals. But what made it unique, and still does to this day, is that three-quarters of the students are practicing Muslims.
Coronavirus 'Forced Cremation' Fear Sparks Concern Among City Muslim and Jewish CommunitiesBirmingham Live
The emergency Coronavirus Bill includes a section giving councils the right to cremate its dead, even if not in line with the family’s wishes.
Coronavirus: Muslims Repeat Calls for Mosque ClosuresBBC News
Muslim groups have repeated calls for mosques to close during the coronavirus crisis after some held Friday prayers.
UK Government Amends Emergency Coronavirus Bill to Ensure Jewish and Muslim Burial Practices Are RespectedThe Algemeiner
The British government on Monday amended a bill granting emergency powers to combat the coronavirus pandemic so as to safeguard religious burial practices, drawing praise from both Jews and Muslims.
Why Are Mosques Under Attack in Europe? Why Do the British Fear Muslims?Daily Sabah
Anti-Islam sentiment is growing in Europe, and Western media is responsible.
Sinéad O'Connor on Religion, Dealing With Pain and the Right to Be ForgottenIndependent
Sinéad O’Connor’s office is a glass, pentagon-shaped porch that’s also the entryway to her house. Most days, before the sun rises over the Irish Sea, she’ll be sitting there, smoking a cigarette, nursing a sugary cup of coffee or shuffling through her iPad. She may even pick up a guitar.
The Rise of Sweden Democrats: Islam, Populism and the End of Swedish ExceptionalismBrookings
This working paper is part of a multi-year Brookings project—”The One Percent Problem: Muslims in the West and the Rise of the New Populists.”
Somalis Over-Represented Among Coronavirus Victims in Stockholm, as COVID-19 Reaches Blighted AreasSputnik News
Members of the Somali community complained that the authorities’ information about the spread of coronavirus was insufficient and came too late. To rectify this, materials in 15 languages are now being distributed.
Fact-Check: After 500 Years, Azaan Echoes in SpainThe Siasat Daily
The coronavirus death toll in Spain is soaring past 2,000.
White France? Yes, It Is Still SupportedDaily Sabah
The ethnic stereotype factor complicates the integration and post-integration process for both parties in the adopter/adopted equation. The French essayist, political journalist and the darling boy of Marineland, Eric Zemmour’s comments often make headlines.
Turkish President Marks Muslim Holy Night of MirajAnadolu Agency
Lailat al Miraj marks Prophet Muhammad’s nighttime journey from Mecca to Jerusalem from where he ascended into heaven.
Lgbt+ Acceptance in Turkey, Where a Majority of the Population Is Muslim, Is at an All-Time HighPink News
Almost half of people in Turkey think that LGBT+ people should have equal rights, nine percent more than last year, according to a survey.
Muslim and Jewish Paramedics Pause to Pray Together. One of Many Inspiring Moments in the Coronavirus CrisisCNN
There was barely any time to pause.
Coronavirus: Rights Groups to Hold Virtual Rally to Demand End of Gaza SiegeMiddle East Eye
Israeli government pressed to lift its 13-year blockade on Gaza as a number of cases rise in besieged enclaves.
'Butchered': The Kenyan FGM Clinic Serving EuropeansAl Jazeera
Kenya banned FGM in 2011, but Europeans still bring their daughters to underground clinics there to be cut.
Tanzanian President Criticized for Refusing to Close Places of WorshipVoice of America
Opposition leaders in Tanzania are criticizing the government’s response to the coronavirus, after President John Magufuli said he would never close down places of worship.
Sa Faith Communities and COVID-19: Between Religious Belief and Political IdiocyMaverick Citizen
Politicians, religious leaders and prominent figures in civil society must not play with fire in a situation of mass social unease.
Council of Muslim Theologians Urge South Africans to Take Lockdown SeriouslyEye Witness News
Secretary-general Moulana Ebrahim Bham said that the national lockdown required each and every South African to respect the measures taken by President Cyril Ramaphosa to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
Christchurch Mosque Attacks: Gunman Changes Plea to GuiltyAl Jazeera
Brenton Tarrant, an Australian white supremacist, is accused of killing 51 people at two mosques in New Zealand in 2019.
“With the Death of an Innocent, Humanity Dies Too”Youth Ki Awaaz
With the death of an innocent, humanity dies too.
From Ola to Zomato to Social Media, I Now Hide My Muslim Identity EverywhereThe Print
Dear liberal Indians, I consciously try not to sound or look like a Muslim around you because of your Islamophobia.
The Destruction of India’s Judicial Independence Is Almost CompleteThe Washington Post
Last week, as India rolled out plans to deal with the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Supreme Court quashed the bail petition of Anand Teltumbde, one of India’s leading scholars, and asked him to surrender to the police in the second week of April.
Pakistani Clerics Insist on Keeping Mosques OpenVoice of America News
Several of Pakistan’s senior religious leaders announced Wednesday that they will keep mosques open for group prayers, on a day when the country’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 crossed the 1,000 mark, and most of the country is under lockdown.
Around 10,000 Muslims, Christians Gather for Events in Indonesia During Coronavirus OutbreakFox News
Around 10,000 Muslims and Christians amassed at a pair of religious gatherings in Indonesia Thursday as officials in the island nation are struggling to keep people separated during the coronavirus outbreak.
Muslim Group Agrees to Disperse Mass Gathering in IndonesiaVoice of America
Organizers of a Muslim missionary event in Indonesia on Wednesday agreed to disperse more than 8,000 attendees who had gathered for a five-day event even as governments worldwide attempted to slow the spread of the coronavirus by limiting the size of public gatherings or canceling them.
Coronavirus: White Supremacists Planned to Use Virus as a BioweaponIndependent
‘Racially motivated violent extremists’ expressed ‘obligation’ to spread virus should they be infected.
A Muslim Candidate Responded to a Man's Islamophobic Tweet by Donating to His Medical Fund - and Spurred a FriendshipCNN
Qasim Rashid has spent much of his life fighting for and defending human rights, first as a lawyer, then as a spokesman for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA.
“Muslim Women Banned for No Legitimate Reason”: Containing COVID-19 Is Not an Excuse for SexismMs.
To slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the U.S., mosques—like other houses of worship—have adhered to Centers for Disease Control protocols and made the difficult decision to limit prayer services.
Muslim Teens Love Surveillance Memes That Give Them a Subversive Way to CopeTeen Vogue
“The message is, ‘I know you’re watching me.'”
Samantha Power: Idealism in Service of EmpireMiddle East Eye
Power’s new memoir proves that a life inside the pro-imperialist, pro-corporate Obama administration was always likely to be an exercise in selective morality.
Coronavirus in Us: With Mosques Shut, Muslims Turn to Technology for Their Spiritual NeedsMiddle East Eye
As concerns over Covid-19 grow, scholars and imams have begun using digital platforms to disseminate their message.
Why Some Muslims Are Engaging With New Age Spirituality: Interview With Muslim Practitioners of Energy HealingMuslim Link
“There was so much grief, pain, and loss of identity,” Mehreen Nasser recalls when she first embarked on a healing journey with the Grassy Narrows First Nation community, a community that resides near the border between Ontario and Manitoba.
A Ban on Religious Garb in PublicThe New York Times
The nonprofit Becket — Religious Liberty for All discusses the Quebec case and its American counterpart. Also: Two stories about birthdays.
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