Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulchre fails to reopen Sunday as planned

Two months after it was closed as part of anti-coronavirus precautions, Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre remained closed to the public on Sunday, despite an earlier official announcement of its reopening. Located in the walled Old City of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, most Christian

Berlin church hosts Muslims for Friday prayers

A Berlin church is hosting Muslims who are unable to fit into their mosque for Friday prayers because of social distancing guidelines. The Dar Assalam mosque in the Neukölln district normally welcomes hundreds of Muslims to its Friday services. But it can currently only accommodate 50 people a

What is Laylat al-Qadr, the holiest night in Ramadan?

Laylat al-Qadr, or the night of power, is considered by Muslims to be the holiest night of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. The exact date of Laylat al-Qadr is unspecified, but it is believed to occur on one of the last 10 days of the month. Many Muslims believe it is either the night o

Social Distancing: The Power of Solitude in Islam

With the Coronavirus pandemic and the call for social distancing, many of us are not happy with the increased solitude, the feeling of being cut off from the outside world, and the loss of our usual social interactions. And while it is great that we have the blessing of technology to virtually conn

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