Coronavirus: Muslim family prays at home after mosques close in Gaza | AFP

The Shtaiwi family holds Friday prayers at home, with the family’s women, and men, young and old worshipping together after the Gaza Strip authorities closed all mosques in the Palestinian enclave as a measure to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Coronavirus: Gaza mosques close over virus measures | AFP

Mosques lie empty of Muslim worshippers after the Gaza Strip authorities closed all mosques in the Palestinian enclave as a measure to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The health ministry reported on Thursday seven new cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed infections in the enclave to nine.

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How China Targets Muslims for ‘Re-Education’ Camps — and Spies on Their Families

The goal of China’s so-called re-education camps in the region of Xinjiang is to assimilate long-marginalized Muslim minorities, mostly Uighurs and Kazakhs, into Han Chinese culture. The government says the centers have expanded development and helped prevent terrorism. But the internee records reviewed by VICE News reveal that the vast majority of people sent to the camps were detained for mundane and legal behavior, including wearing a hijab, having “thick beards,” visiting a foreign website, applying for a passport, traveling abroad to a “sensitive country” or having family members living in one, or being part of a “religious family.”

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Is India becoming a Hindu nation? | AFP

On 11 December 2019, India’s Parliament approved a controversial law, making it easier for persecuted religious minorities from three neighbouring countries to obtain citizenship, but not if they are Muslim. Since the vote, hundreds of thousands have rallied across the country challenging the bill. This legislation is the latest in a series of moves by the government that have stoked fears that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to remould the world’s largest democracy as a Hindu nation.

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Muslim women protest India’s new citizenship law

In New Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh neighborhood, beside open sewers and electric wires dangling dangerously, a group of Muslim women in colorful headscarves sit in resistance to a new citizenship law that has unleashed protests across the country. (Jan. 24)

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Indonesia’s ‘mosque hunters’ count them up one at a time | AFP

A government team of some 1,000 mosque hunters have spent years visiting every corner of the 5,000 kilometre long archipelago of Indonesia to answer one question: how many mosques are there in the world’s biggest Muslim majority nation?

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Chaos at Hong Kong rally for China’s Uighurs | AFP

Hong Kong riot police break up a solidarity rally for China’s Uighurs — with one officer drawing a pistol — as the city’s pro-democracy movement liken their plight to that of the oppressed Muslim minority.

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Demonstrations in Guwahati against controversial citizenship law | AFP

Hundreds gather in Guwahati, in the Indian state of Assam to protest against the controversial Indian citizenship law deemed as anti-muslim. The law — making it easier for persecuted minorities from three neighbouring countries to gain citizenship, but not if they are Muslim — has stoked fears Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to remould the world’s biggest democracy India as a Hindu nation, which he denies. IMAGES

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Islamic leaders gather for summit shunned by Saudi Arabia | AFP

Leaders of Muslim nations, including Saudi rivals Iran, Turkey and Qatar, attend a summit in Kuala Lumpur, which analysts say is aimed at rivalling the OIC, a 57-member pan-Islamic body headquartered in the Saudi city of Jeddah. The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday mounted a veiled attack on the summit, saying such gatherings would weaken Islam. IMAGES

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India passes contentious citizenship bill amid violent protests | AFP

India’s parliament pass a contentious bill that seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants from some countries, as hundreds of troops are deployed in the northeast to control violent protests. The bill will let the Indian government grant citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants who entered India from three neighbouring countries before 2015 — but not if they are Muslim.

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Myanmar town offers glimmer of hope for Muslims enduring ‘apartheid’ | AFP

In the town of Kyaukphy in western Myanmar, Buddhists and Muslims used to live side by side as neighbours. But since 2012, when inter-communal unrest swept through swathes of western Myanmar, the town’s Muslim population has been confined to a muddy camp. Some, however, still try to reach across the religious divide, raising hopes that old communal bonds may not be completely severed.

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15 killed in suspected rebel attacks in Thailand’s south: army | AFP

Members of a bomb squad inspect the site of an attack by suspected Muslim militants in Yala province. At least fifteen people were killed and another four injured in attacks by suspected Muslim militants in Thailand’s violence-wracked south, an army spokesman said on November 6, the largest death toll in years. IMAGES

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Hong Kong leader visits mosque sprayed by police watercannon | AFP

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam walks out of the city’s largest mosque after meeting with Muslim leaders. The entrance to the mosque was bathed in blue liquid on Sunday when police water cannon blasted a handful of people outside the building. Hong Kong Police say hitting the mosque was an accident. IMAGES

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The Muslim man looking after a Hindu shrine in India | AFP

Even in the diverse world of Indian religion, Motibar Rahman stands out as a Muslim looking after a Hindu shrine in Assam state, as his family has done for centuries.

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India tightens Kashmir lockdown over Muslim processions | AFP

Authorities tighten a month-long security lockdown in Indian Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar after breaking up religious processions by Shiite Muslims who defied a ban.

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Students ‘humiliated’ after Catholic school in Dakar refuses to admit veiled students | AFP

Students and parents react after a renowned Catholic school in Dakar refused to admit Muslim students wearing a headscarf to class under a new controversial regulation in the overwhelmingly Muslim country renowned for its religious tolerance. The school management did not wish to speak in front of the cameras. from students and parents

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