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Muslims begin marking a subdued Ramadan under virus closures

Muslims worldwide began Ramadan on Friday with dawn-to-dusk fasting, but many will have to forgo the communal prayers and family gatherings that make the holy month special, as authorities maintain …


Mosques stay open in Pakistan even as virus death toll rises

Mosques were allowed to remain open in Pakistan on Friday, when Muslims gather for weekly prayers, even as the coronavirus pandemic spread and much of the country had shut down.


India’s leader defends new law as protests against it go on

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has used a rally for his Hindu nationalist party to defend a contentious new citizenship law, accusing the opposition of pushing the country into a …


Chinese TV pulls Arsenal game coverage after Ozil criticism

Chinese television pulled coverage of Arsenal’s Premier League match against Manchester City after Mesut Ozil criticized Beijing’s brutal mass crackdown on ethnic Muslims.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 10, 2019

Muslim hajj pilgrims ascend Mount Arafat for day of worship

More than 2 million Muslims are gathered at the sacred hill of Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia for an intense day of worship and reflection on what’s considered the climax …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019

Over 2 million Muslims in Mecca for start of hajj pilgrimage

More than 2 million Muslim pilgrims gather in holy Saudi city of Mecca to perform initial rites of hajj pilgrimage


Meme about Muslims leads to important dialogue

A Facebook meme I received about the growing population of Muslims in the U.S. reinforces a valuable lesson about the importance of engaging with each other.


Sri Lanka Muslims, refugees fear backlash from Easter attack

After fleeing their homes in Pakistan over militant attacks and government persecution, hundreds of Ahmadi Muslims felt they finally found peace in Sri Lanka as they sought resettlement across the …


Michael Gerson: Trump is a threat to religious freedom

Donald Trump’s perception of religious liberty as freedom only for the faiths he prefers is a potential threat to every religious group.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 19, 2018

Over 2 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimage

More than 2 million Muslims began the annual hajj pilgrimage at first light on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca that Islam’s faithful face five times …


Saudi Arabia prepares for annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage

Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday, as over 2 million Muslim faithful are ready to take part in the ultraconservative kingdom.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018

Idaho Republican candidate uses Muslim slur on social media

BOISE – A Republican candidate for the Idaho Statehouse defended the use of a Muslim slur on his public Facebook page by saying he likes to trigger debate by making …


Gaza residents pray near Israel, as Muslims mark major feast

Several thousand Gaza worshippers knelt on prayer rugs spread on sandy soil, near the perimeter fence with Israel, joining hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world Friday in marking …


UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018

Judge orders Washington prisons to provide Ramadan meals

A federal judge has ordered the Washington Department of Corrections to provide nighttime meals to Muslim inmates who have been fasting during the month of Ramadan, after several said prison …


UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018

Militia members accused of targeting Somalis to stand trial

Months before the 2016 general election, members of a Kansas militia group that prosecutors say came to be known as the “the Crusaders” met in an office to pick the …


Idaho House backs North Idaho rep’s anti-Sharia law bill

The Idaho House on Tuesday approved North Idaho Rep. Eric Redman’s anti-Sharia law bill by a nearly two-to-one margin, the furthest Redman has gotten with his proposal in three years …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018

Macy’s to launch a clothing line geared toward Muslims

The department store chain said it teamed up with a boutique called Verona Collection and plans to sell the collection of modest dresses, tops, cardigans and hijabs online. The clothing …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018

Man who drove van into Muslims in London convicted of murder

A man who steeped himself in far-right, anti-Muslim ideas before driving a van into a crowd of worshippers near a north London mosque was convicted Thursday of murder and attempted …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 19, 2018

Supreme Court to rule on Trump travel ban

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide the legality of the latest version of President Donald Trump’s ban on travel to the United States by residents of six majority-Muslim countries.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 23, 2017

Judge partially lifts Trump administration ban on refugees

A federal judge in Seattle on Saturday partially lifted a Trump administration ban on certain refugees after two groups argued that the policy prevented people from some mostly Muslim countries …


Christine M. Flowers: Trump’s tweets were un-Christian

The president of a country that has millions of Muslims who serve honorably in our armed services, who obey our laws and who honor our flag should not be tweeting …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 29, 2017

Trump stokes anti-Muslim sentiment; censured here and abroad

Stoking the same anti-Islam sentiments he fanned on the campaign trail, President Donald Trump on Wednesday retweeted a string of inflammatory videos from a fringe British political group purporting to …


Turkish leader Erdogan visits mostly Muslim Serbia region

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received a rousing welcome on Wednesday as he visited a predominantly Muslim region in southwestern Serbia.


Trump asks dismissal of travel ban case; opponents disagree

Opponents of the Trump administration travel ban are urging the Supreme Court to hear and decide a pending court challenge, despite a new travel policy that President Donald Trump announced …


Minorities say they’re sidelined by Sri Lanka’s Parliament

As lawmakers in Sri Lanka celebrate the 70th anniversary of the country’s parliamentary democracy, one of the oldest in Asia, minorities including Tamils, Christians and Muslims remain on the fringes …


Rights groups urge Egypt to halt crackdown on homosexuals

Two international rights groups called on Egyptian authorities on Saturday to halt their crackdown on people suspected of homosexuality following the waving of the LGBT rainbow flag at a recent …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 28, 2017

U.N. chief urges Myanmar to halt anti-Rohingya operations

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Myanmar’s authorities on Thursday to immediately end military operations that have sent over 500,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, calling the crisis “the world’s fastest developing …


U.N. agency: More reports of sexual violence against Rohingya

The head of the U.N.’s migration agency warned Wednesday about increasing reports of sexual violence directed at Rohingya Muslims, who have been fleeing violence in Myanmar in recent weeks.


Witnesses: Many Rohingya still trying to flee Myanmar

The massive exodus of Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar to escape brutal persecution appears to have slowed down, but several recent refugees say at least tens of thousands more are huddled …


Rohingya Muslims being wiped off Myanmar’s map

For generations, Rohingya Muslims have called Myanmar home. Now, in what appears to be a systematic purge, the minority ethnic group is being wiped off the map.