STRICT MEASURES IN PLACE AS MOSQUES REOPEN ACROSS SAUDI ARABIA (PHOTOS+VIDEOS)

Sun 31 May 2020: Mosques across Saudi Arabia reopened for prayers on Sunday, for the first time in more than two months due to the outbreak of coronavirus. #فيديو | التزام المصلين بالإجراءات الاحترازية المتبعة للوقاية من #كورونا خلال أدائهم #صلاة_الفجر في #المسجد_النبوي. #نعود_بحذر #واس_عام pic.twitter.com/dZ7vyTUIkT — واس العام (@SPAregions) May 31, 2020 Worshipers were […]

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PROPHET’S MOSQUE IN MEDINA OPEN FOR WORSHIPPERS FROM MAY 31

Sat 30 May 2020: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz approved on Friday opening the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina to the public starting from Sunday, May 31, as part of the government’s plan to ease coronavirus restrictions and re-open the Kingdom. Worshippers will be able to enter the Prophet’s Mosque for group prayers, with a limit […]

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AUSTRALIAN MEDIA TO BE TRIED FOR CONTEMPT OVER PELL REPORTING

Tue 26 May 2020: (AFP) Dozens of Australian journalists and news organisations will go on trial in November for allegedly violating a gag order barring coverage of Cardinal George Pell’s sex crimes case, a judge said Tuesday. Rupert Murdoch’s Nationwide News and the former Fairfax group, now owned by broadcaster Nine, are among 12 companies […]

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BERLIN CHURCH HOSTS MUSLIM PRAYER IN ‘AMAZING SIGN OF SOLIDARITY’

Sat 23 May 2020: (Reuters) A church in Germany’s capital, Berlin, has helped a nearby mosque comply with physical distancing guidelines by hosting Friday prayers, in a move hailed as “an amazing sign of solidarity”. Places of worship reopened in the country earlier this month, but worshippers must maintain a minimum distance from one another […]

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TURKEY TO PARTIALLY ALLOW COLLECTIVE PRAYERS ON MAY 29

Sat 23 May 2020: 2 out of 5 daily prayers, also Friday prayers to be allowed in mosques, prayer rooms in country’s 81 provinces Congregational prayer gatherings in Turkey will be partially allowed starting May 29, the country’s Interior Ministry said in a statement on Friday.  Two out of five daily prayers, as well as […]

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FREDDIE OUMAR KANOUTE RAISES $1M TO BUILD SEVILLE’S FIRST MOSQUE IN 700 YEARS

Fri 22 May 2020: Former football star Fred Oumar Kanoute has raised $1m in an online crowdfunding campaign to build the first purpose-built mosque and cultural centre in Seville, Spain, in over 700 years. Kanoute, a French-born Muslim with a Malian background who previously played for Sevilla FC, started the campaign a year ago on LaunchGood, a crowdfunding […]

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MUSLIM SCHOLAR GROUP URGES STAND AGAINST ISRAELI PLANS

Sun 17 May 2020: International Union for Muslim Scholars holds US responsible for implications of approving Israeli annex plans The International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) on Saturday urged the Islamic world and all countries to stand against Israel’s plans to annex the occupied Palestinian territories. Secretary General of the IUMS, Ali al-Qaradaghi, accused Israel […]

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POLISH ARCHBISHOP REFERS CHILD ABUSE NEGLIGENCE CASE TO VATICAN

Sun 17 May 2020: (Reuters) The Polish Catholic Church’s most senior archbishop notified the Vatican on Saturday of a Polish bishop accused of shielding priests known to have sexually abused children. The referral, unprecedented in the deeply religious country, will test procedures introduced by the Vatican last year to hold to account bishops accused of […]

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SALMAN AL-OUDA SPEAKS TO HIS FAMILY FROM HIS CELL IN SAUDI

Fri 15 May 2020: Detained Saudi cleric, Sheikh Salman Al-Ouda, has contacted his family with recordings of the calls being shared on social media. Prisoners of Conscience Twitter account, which is concerned with the rights of political detainees in Saudi Arabia, shared the phone call between Al-Ouda and his mother. He could be heard reassuring […]

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