Muslims perform socially distanced Eid prayers at German IKEA parking lot | AFP

Hundreds of Muslims gather at an IKEA parking lot in the German city of Wetzlar for socially distanced Eid al-Fitr prayers, to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

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Ramadan during the COVID-19 pandemic | AFP

Ramadan is typically a period of both worship and socialising, but this year strict lockdowns have limited gatherings for iftar meals at dusk when the fast is broken — a centrepiece of Ramadan. For millions of Muslims around the world, this Ramadan is unlike any other, with closed mosques and family gatherings forbidden.

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Ramadan under lockdown: how has the pandemic changed this holy month? | AFP

Ramadan is typically a period of both worship and socialising, but this year strict lockdowns have limited gatherings for iftar meals at dusk when the fast is broken — a centrepiece of Ramadan. For Muslims around the world, this Ramadan is unlike any other, with closed mosques and family gatherings forbidden.

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Keeping the beat: Traditional Ramadan drummers walk Bahrain streets | AFP

Ramadan drummers known as the Musaharati perform as they walk the streets of Bilad al-Qadeem in Manama to awaken Muslims for the pre-dawn traditional meal.

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Virus-era Ramadan brings obstacles, opportunities

For Muslims in the US, there is no other time more centered around community than the holy month of Ramadan. But this year, Muslims are being forced to mark the month amid a pandemic in less communal and sometimes more challenging ways. (May 1)

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Driving through old quarters of Delhi under lockdown | AFP

The streets are empty in the old quarters of Delhi as the coronavirus lockdown continues. Muslims here, like in many parts of the world, will be marking the start of the holy month of Ramadan amid unprecedented bans on family gatherings and mass prayers, in place to stem the COVID-19 pandemic. IMAGES

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Muezzins voices echo in the Middle East as they call the faithful to pray | AFP

As the rising sun gently begins to illuminate, the hypnotic voices of muezzins calling to prayer echo softly in several cities around the Middle East. However, as Muslims prepare for the start of the holy month of Ramadan, the sound of muezzins calling the faithful to prayer, resonates even louder from the minarets above empty streets, while people remain in confinement to battle the COVID-19 virus.

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The five pillars of Islam | AFP Animé

From cancelled iftar feasts to suspended mosque prayers, Muslims across the Middle East are bracing for a bleak month of Ramadan fasting as the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic lingers. Videographic on the five pillars of Islam. VIDEOGRAPHIC

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India Burning (Clip) | VICE on SHO

India has been engulfed in riots after the world’s biggest democracy suddenly stripped nearly two million people of their citizenship. As the nation’s leaders ramp up Hindu nationalist rhetoric, a newly-enacted law has signaled to India’s 200 million Muslims that they are the true target. This could mean that they end up in one of the brand-new detention camps quietly being constructed across the country.

VICE’s Isobel Yeung investigates the growing fear that Hindu supremacism may undermine secularism and relegate India’s Muslims into second-class citizens.

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India Burning & Russia’s Fight Factory | VICE on SHOWTIME

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With India’s leaders ramping up Hindu nationalist rhetoric, VICE’s Isobel Yeung investigates the growing fear that the nation’s 200 million Muslims are being systematically targeted.

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VICE Correspondent Alzo Slade heads to Dagestan to explore how this tiny Russian Republic with a turbulent history became a modern day fight factory, producing some of the world’s top wrestlers and MMA fighters.

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Clean-up operation underway in New Delhi after deadly riots | AFP

Government officials clear debris from the streets in New Delhi following deadly sectarian riots that broke out on Monday. Meanwhile, Muslims in the affected neighbourhoods take shelter after fleeing their homes and attend Friday prayers.

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Parts of Delhi resemble war zone aftermath after deadly riots | AFP

Delhi’s worst sectarian violence in decades with deadly battles between Hindus and Muslims has left parts of the Indian capital looking like a war zone.

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Today in History for February 14th

Highlights of this day in history: The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre; Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini calls on Muslims to kill author Salman Rushdie; Slobodan Milosevic begins his defense against war crimes charges; Dolly the cloned sheep dies. (Feb. 14)

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Slovenia’s first mosque opens after 50 years | AFP

Slovenia’s first mosque opens in the capital Ljubljana after surmounting financial hurdles and right-wing opposition, 50 years after the initial request to build was made. Muslims in the predominantly Catholic Alpine country first filed a request to build a mosque in the late 1960s while Slovenia was still part of the former Communist Yugoslavia. The community finally received permission 15 years ago, but ran into opposition from right-wing politicians and groups, as well as financial troubles.

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Suu Kyi denies Myanmar genocide allegations at top UN court

Myanmar’s former pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has denied that her country’s armed forces committed genocide against the Rohingya minority, telling the United Nation’s top court that the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Muslims was the unfortunate result of a battle with insurgents.

Vehement protests over Indian nationality bill | AFP

Protests have been raging in the north-east of India as MPs debate legislation that stands to give citizenship to religious minorities from neighbouring countries, but not Muslims.

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Pompeo blasts China on abuses; talks Ukraine probe

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says a cache of leaked documents proves that Chinese authorities are engaged in massive and systemic repression of Muslims and other minorities in western China. (Nov. 26)

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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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March against Islamophobia held in Paris | AFP

In Paris, the Collective against Islamophobia in France (CCIF)organised a march to call a halt to discrimination and aggression against Muslims across the country. It comes just a couple of weeks after two people were seriously wounded during a shooting at a mosque by an alleged far-right extremist. The attack further unsettled France, already engulfed in a sometimes bitter debate about the observance of Islam in the secular country.

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