Tag: Mosques

Turkish Court Clears Way for Hagia Sophia to Be Used as a Mosque Again

ISTANBUL — A Turkish court opened the way on Friday for Hagia Sophia to be restored as a mosque, threatening to set off an international furor around a World Heritage Site cherished by Christians and Muslims alike for its religious significance, stunning structure and as a symbol of conquest. Originally built in the sixth century […]

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Erdogan Talks of Making Hagia Sophia a Mosque Again, to International Dismay

ISTANBUL — Since it was built in the sixth century, changing hands from empire to empire, Hagia Sophia has been a Byzantine cathedral, a mosque under the Ottomans and finally a museum, making it one of the world’s most potent symbols of Christian-Muslim rivalry and of Turkey’s more recent devotion to secularism. Now President Recep […]

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The Pandemic Upends Islam’s Holiest Month

Ali Mamun, a Bangladeshi immigrant who worked as a psychiatrist in Brooklyn, contracted the coronavirus in March and died three weeks later, just days before the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. He was buried in New Jersey, more than an hour from his home in New York, because the number of dead […]

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Why the Call to Prayer Made Me Cry This Ramadan

The call to prayer rang on a recent afternoon from Jamia Mosque, a landmark in downtown Nairobi with green and silver domes and multiple minarets. There should be worshipers converging there during this sacred month of Ramadan, but the mosque’s doors remained shut, its prayer halls empty since closing in March because of the coronavirus […]

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Firing a Salvo in Culture Wars, Trump Pushes for Churches to Reopen

WASHINGTON — President Trump may not consider church essential to his personal life, but it may be to his political future. And so he waded into the culture wars on Friday by demanding that states allow places of worship to reopen “right away” and threatening to overrule any that defy him. Marching into the White […]

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Trump Orders States to Allow Places of Worship to Open, Though He Has No Authority To

WASHINGTON — President Trump may not consider church essential to his personal life, but it may be to his political future. And so he waded into the culture wars on Friday by demanding that states allow places of worship to reopen “right away” and threatening to overrule any that defy him. Marching into the White […]

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In U.K., Hard-Hit Minority Communities Struggle to Bury the Dead

BIRMINGHAM, England — Normally, the mosque, one of England’s largest, would be filled with thousands of worshipers during the holy month of Ramadan, but now it is mostly empty, except for stacks of coffins. Every few hours a van pulls up in front of the white marquee of the Central Jamia Mosque Ghamkol Sharif, its […]

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Ramadan Worldwide: Pakistan, India, Indonesia, US, Egypt

ImageJERUSALEM Praying on a rooftop on Friday, the first day of Ramadan.Credit…Dan Balilty for The New York Times By Ben Hubbard Photographs by The New York Times BEIRUT, Lebanon — Sprawling banquets that convened crowds of relatives have shrunk to modest meals for immediate family. Imams who led prayers in packed mosques have been addressing […]

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Islamic Center Damaged in ‘Suspicious’ Fire on First Day of Ramadan

The authorities said they were investigating a fire that significantly damaged an Islamic center in Missouri on Friday, the first day of fasting in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, as possible arson. The Cape Girardeau, Mo., police said they were pursuing leads about the fire, at the Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau. Shortly before […]

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Ramadan Amid the Coronavirus: ‘We Will Make the Best Out of It’

The Prophet Muhammad once told his followers never to enter or leave a town that has the plague, to avoid spreading the disease. That advice seems timely for this year’s Ramadan. The annual Islamic holy month is upon us, during which Muslims fast from food, drink (Not even water? No, not even water) and sex […]

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Pakistan Coronavirus Lockdown Is Thwarted by Imams as Ramadan Nears

Ramadan, which begins in Pakistan later this week, is the holy month in which Muslims crowd into mosques and fast all day, holding feasts after sundown with family and friends. Those are ripe conditions for the coronavirus to spread, and imams around the world are asking people to stay home. But in Pakistan, pandemic or […]

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‘God Created the Virus. But Now He Has Lost Control.’

KARACHI, Pakistan — Is the coronavirus an expression of God’s wrath, a punishment for our sins or, as some of us believers like to think, merely another sign that He is testing us? I’ll address later the godless anthem that insists this epidemic is about nature healing itself, because matters of God are urgent and […]

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‘None of Us Have a Fear of Corona’: The Faithful at an Outbreak’s Center

BANGKOK — The faithful prayed by the thousands, hands and faces washed at communal taps to signify their purity. They crowded around platters on the floor, scooping up coconut rice with their right hands in the traditional way. And they slept in the mosque or in tents set up in the religious compound, rows of […]

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Inside Hifter’s Libya: A Police State With an Islamist Twist

BENGHAZI, Libya — The field marshal stares from billboards into the wreckage of the Libyan city of Benghazi. His uniform is festooned with epaulets and honors, even as the civil war he is waging has stalled into a bloody stalemate. His plainclothes security agents loiter and listen in cafes and hotel lobbies. He has handed […]

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Battered but Resilient After China’s Crackdown

YARKAND, China — The winding, crowded lanes of old Yarkand, an ancient Silk Road town, preserve patterns of life that go back centuries. On a recent morning, smoke wafted from sputtering grills of lamb and ovens lined with baking flatbread. Clangs rang from a coppersmith shaping bowls with a hammer. Twangs from a dutar, a […]

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