LIVE: Middle East Prepares Further Lockdowns as Ramadan Nears EndArab News
Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday a 24-hour curfew will be imposed across the Kingdom during the five-day Eid Al-Fitr holiday (May 23 to 27).
Epidemics, War Have Impacted Muslim Worship Throughout HistoryAl Jazeera
Coronavirus affects Ramadan on an unprecedented scale, but it is not the first time Muslim traditions have had to adapt.
Disinformation: The Spreading Of Islamophobia – AnalysisEurasia Review
COVID-19-related disinformation campaigns designed to stoke Islamophobic sentiment are fuelling an uptick in hate attacks targeting Muslims in some countries. The unprecedented conditions created by the ongoing pandemic offer fresh opportunities for extremists to exploit, and require timely interventions.
As Mosques Reopen in West Africa, COVID-19 Fears GrowABC News
A growing number of mosques are reopening across West Africa as governments find it increasingly difficult to keep them closed during the holy month of Ramadan.
'Lockdown Made Everything Gloomy': Ramadan in Nigeria's KanoAl Jazeera
Residents are largely restricted to their homes, with mosques shut and festival marking the end of Ramadan likely canceled.
Poetry of Protest: The Award-Winning Photo That Captured Sudan's RevolutionMiddle East Eye
An image of Sudanese student Mohamed Youssef chanting revolutionary verse has become an iconic symbol of the country’s protest movement.
Somalia's Coronavirus Khat Bans Leaves Chewers in a StewBBC News
The stimulant is especially popular in the self-declared republic of Somaliland, where it has also been temporarily banned because of coronavirus. The authorities say it makes social distancing impossible and that they will reassess the situation after the Islamic holy month Ramadan.
Itkaaf: Muslim Tradition Erased by LockdownDaily Monitor
Itkaaf is only done at mosques, but Sheikh Yahya Kakungulu, director of Sharia at Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, advises Muwonge and others that if you cannot have something, do not lose it entirely. “If you can isolate yourself in a room at your home, do that, so that you don’t miss out on the immense rewards,” he says.
Tories Will Not Face Islamophobia Probe By Equalities WatchdogHuff Post
The Equality and Human Rights Commission will not investigate after the Conservative party launched its own independent probe.
Conservative Party Probe an Attempt to 'Deflect' Attention From Islamophobia: MCBMiddle East Eye
Tories will not face an investigation by the equalities watchdog after they launched their own independent examination.
Far Right ‘Posed as Journalists to Spread Anti-Muslim Lies’Arab News
Far-right activists in the UK are posing as journalists to spread fake news about Muslims breaking coronavirus lockdown restrictions during Ramadan, a prominent British imam has said.
UK Watchdog Drops Plan to Probe Conservative Party IslamophobiaAl Jazeera
Anti-racism and Muslim groups slam decision by Equality and Human Rights Commission to abandon inquiry.
UK Muslim Charity Calls for End to Inquiry After Police Return Seized FundsMiddle East Eye
Charity Commission asked to end the probe into Human Aid UK after donations seized by police are confirmed as legitimate.
Freed Italian Aid Worker Target of Hate Campaign After ConversionAl Jazeera
Aisha Romano, formerly known as Silvia, converted to Islam while held in captivity by al-Shabab in Somalia.
Italy Moves to Reopen Mosques After Historic DealArab News
The Italian government has signed a landmark agreement with leading Muslim organizations that will allow mosques and Islamic centers to reopen as part of an easing of the country’s coronavirus lockdown.
Kosovo Families Seek Answers 21 Years After Serb ConflictAP News
Halil Hasani is convinced his four sons are alive and imprisoned somewhere in Serbia more than two decades after police and paramilitary forces took them from a village in Kosovo.
A Ramadan and Eid in IsolationThe Atlantic
In this way, the days have passed, but I still haven’t let go of my dread, because I know my family will feel the disruption of this pandemic most acutely on Eid, the end-of-Ramadan celebration.
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Muslims Struggle to Honor Funeral Rituals During the Coronavirus CrisisHuff Post
Muslims are being forced to mourn alone as the pandemic upends the tradition of community funerals.
How National Black Muslim COVID Coalition Serves Communities During the PandemicThe Philadelphia Inquire
Margari Hill, co-director of National Black Muslim COVID Coalition, which hosted this talk Saturday afternoon, explained that at a time like this, it can be hard to plan for one’s wellness.
For Philadelphia-Area Muslims, Breaking their Daily Fast Brings a Mix of EmotionsThe Philadelphia Inquirer
There’s been a mix of emotions for many area Muslims. Some say, even through the pandemic’s limitations, it is still a time to reflect and give back, even if that means going without a community feast. Here are glimpses of what this Ramadan has been like for Muslim families in the Philadelphia area.
Opinion | The Silver Lining of Being Quarantined During RamadanThe New York Times
Being at home with the family has made observing Islam’s holiest month a richer and deeper spiritual experience.
Spirit of Generosity Guides Ramadan for Washington State’s Muslim Community, Despite Coronavirus LockdownThe Seattle Times
As the sun cast a soft glow over a mostly boarded-up mosque on a recent Thursday evening, Muslims observing Ramadan arrived to break theirs over 15-hour fast.
How Mosques—Usually Shoulder to Shoulder, Toe to Toe—Are Already ReopeningSlate
This article is part of Reopenings, a series about how businesses are operating during the pandemic.
How a U.S. Jewish Group’s Leadership Race Became Mired in Islamophobia+972 Magazine
An umbrella organization’s heated election shows how right-wing, bigoted assessments of ‘Jewishness’ are becoming normalized in our community.
‘Justice Is Indivisible’: Placing Palestine Back at the Center of Muslim Discourse in the WestCounter Punch
It was nearly twenty years ago at a Muslim conference in Washington D.C. that I heard the distressing argument that Palestine should not be made a central topic in the American Muslim political agenda.
Ramy Youssef Isn't JokingGQ
Ramy Youssef is a Muslim American stand-up comic with his own raunchy HBO special, a Golden Globe-winning TV show, and a new production deal with A24. And it turns out that the road to his barrier-shattering success all started with a surprising case of Bell’s palsy.
Anti-War Groups Press Joe Biden: Leverage Aid to Israel, End Yemen WarMiddle East Eye
More than 50 organizations call on presidential candidates to close Guantanamo, prioritize diplomacy and advance human rights.
Biden's Plan for Muslim Americans: A 'Good Start' but Missing Policy DetailsMiddle East Eye
Activists call for more specifics from Biden’s campaign and urge direct engagement with the Muslim community.
Senate Approves Uyghur Human Rights BillCNN
The Senate on Thursday afternoon approved a bill to sanction Chinese government officials responsible for forced labor camps in the region of Xinjiang, where up to 2 million ethnic Muslims have been forcibly detained, in the latest congressional move to strengthen the US stance toward China.
Islamic Call to Prayer is Being Heard for the First Time Across CanadaThe Globe and Mail
The Al Rashid Mosque has stood in Edmonton since 1938, but no one there today can remember ever hearing the daily call to prayer ring out through the loudspeakers.
The Fabricated Threat Driving Genocide in MyanmarArab News
When the most recent and dramatic stage of the genocide against the Rohingya started with Myanmar’s “clearance operations” in August 2017, the immediate trigger was an attack against a military border post by a previously insignificant insurgent group that called itself the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA).
Gujarat’s Muslims Fight Islamophobia, Hatemongers Amid COVID-19 LockdownTwo Circles Net
Amid the ongoing battle against the deadly COVID-19, Muslims in the state of Gujarat is not just fighting the disease but the rising hate and Islamophobia.
India Coronavirus: Pregnant Student Safoora Zargar at Risk in JailBBC
It was 2:30 in the afternoon when a group of policemen arrived at Safoora Zargar’s home in south-east Delhi.
Singapore's Muslims to Skip Hajj Pilgrimage this YearAnadolu Agency
Decision taken due to coronavirus pandemic, registration of 900 pilgrims deferred to 2021.
How Has Coronavirus Pandemic Affected China's Concentration Camps?Fox News
The coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 4.1 million people globally and killed some 285,500 people since it first emerged from the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.
Malaysia Urged to End Violent Threats Against Rohingya RefugeesAl Jazeera
Rights groups call on Malaysia to act after prominent Rohingya activists threatened with murder and sexual violence.
Indonesia, Australia Explore Solution to Rohingya Refugee Crisis Under Bali ProcessThe Jakarta Post
Amid pressure from humanitarian organizations, Indonesia and Australia have moved to follow-up talks under the Bali Process framework to prepare for the possibility of another refugee crisis in the Andaman Sea, where hundreds of asylum seekers died in 2015.
Sri Lanka: Muslims Face Extra Threat as Coronavirus Stirs HateAl Jazeera
Sri Lanka makes cremations compulsory for COVID-19 victims, but Muslims and activists urge authorities to allow burials.
Compulsory Cremation: A Nightmare for Sri Lanka's MuslimsTRT World
The World Health Organization says burials are safe for Covid-19 victims. So why is Sri Lanka’s government insisting on cremating all bodies?
Sri Lanka: Facebook Apologises for Role in 2018 Anti-Muslim RiotsAl Jazeera
An investigation found that incendiary content on the social media platform may have led to the deadly violence.
Prince William Reconnects with New Zealand Muslim Community a Year after Mosque AttacksSky News
The royal joins in on a video call with survivors he met when visiting New Zealand in the aftermath of the 2019 mosque attacks.
Saudi Arabia to Enforce Coronavirus Curfew During EidAl Jazeera
Nationwide 24-hour curfew will be imposed from May 23 to 27 following the end of Ramadan as COVID-19 cases rise.
Iran to Reopen Mosques on Tuesday Despite Uptick in Coronavirus CasesMiddle East Eye
Authorities say mosques will reopen for the last 10 days of Ramadan, despite new lockdown measures in Abadan county.
Tawakkol Karman Faces Targeted Gulf Criticism for New Facebook RoleMiddle East Eye
The Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize winner has recently been appointed to the social media giant’s oversight board to tackle hate speech.
Nakba Day: For Palestinians, not Just an Historical EventAl Jazeera
May 15, 1948, is a date inked in infamy for generations of Palestinians who know it as the Nakba, or “the catastrophe”, after the declaration of the state of Israel in Palestine.
In Jerusalem, Ramadan Restrictions Last Seen During the Crusades ReturnThe New York Times
The restricted entry to the compound is only one example of how the pandemic has radically transformed the way Muslims in Israel and the Palestinian territories have experienced the sacred fasting month of Ramadan as they cope with government social distancing measures.
Controversial Humour in Algerian TV: Ramadan Comedies and the Limits of LaughterJadaliyya
Ramadan in Algeria, like in most Arab countries, is more than a month of fasting and feasting. It is the prime season during which TV programmes compete and thrive. Each year, TV channels offer an abundance of exclusive and newly released programs.