religion in the East

Bleacher collapse in Jerusalem leaves 2 dead

At least two people were killed, including a child, and dozens were injured Sunday when a bleacher sitting people for Shavuot prayers collapsed in Jerusalem, authorities said. The incident is not connected with the ongoing fighting …

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Turkey declares partial lockdown during Ramadan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that a two-week partial lockdown will be imposed to help curb a recent rise in coronavirus cases. Speaking to reporters following a cabinet meeting, Erdogan said the new …

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UAE to open temple of three religions in Abu Dhabi

A temple of three Abrahamic religions will be erected in the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, in 2022, UAE ambassador to Russia Mohamed Ahmed bin Sultan Al Jaber said. "In 2022, it is planned to open a …

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Saudi Arabia issues coronavirus guidelines for pilgrimage

The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced that 70% of this year’s pilgrims for the Hajj - which will take place from July 28 to August 2 - will be expatriate residents while the remaining 30% are Saudis, the Saudi Press Agency …

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Iran offers temporary visa wavier to Iraqi nationals

Iran's embassy in Baghdad announced that the Iranian government has decided to offer temporary waiver visa fees for Iraqi national for a two month period. "The Iraqi nationals can travel to Iran without requiring a visa …

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Holy month of Ramadan begins

Muslims throughout the world are ready to welcome the holy month of Ramadan, which began on Sunday evening, May 5.  The tradition began in the seventh century and commemorates the month when the Prophet Mohammed retreated to a cave …

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Erdogan named world's most influential Muslim

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ranked first place in the 2019 edition of the World's 500 Most Influential Muslims. Prepared annually by the Jordan-based Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, the book notes …

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Muslims all over the world observe Laylat al-Qadr

Laylat al-Qadr — the 27th night of Ramazan — was observed all over the world Monday night. Laylat al-Qadr, also known as Shab-e-Qadr, Night of Decree, Night of Measures, is in Islamic belief the night when the first verses …

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Chechnya's Mufti meets with Saudi King

Chechnya's Mufti Salah-haji Mezhiev met with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud in Moscow. They discussed the cooperation between Chechnya and Saudi Arabia on religious issues …

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Turkey to build 80 mosques in four Syrian cities

President of the Turkish Presidency of Religious Affairs Mehmet Görmez said that the religious foundation of the country will build 80 mosques in four Syrian cities. According to him, the mosques will be built in Azaz, …

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