The government's reluctance to ban congregational prayers carries within it the fraught tensions of Pakistan's identity.
In light of the corona outbreak, several religious faiths have had to adjust and modify daily millennia-old rituals.
With its roots in colonial rule, anti-Muslim rhetoric is being used by French politicians to tap up potential voters.
The decision to suspend entry for foreign pilgrims in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak could hurt Saudi finances if it is a prolonged ban.
An eyewitness said around 100 worshippers were in the mosque hall at the time of the attack and roughly 20 people jumped on the assailant. "The incident is not being treated as terror related at this time," police said.
Rituals of Sufi orders worldwide are shaped by the environment in which they emerged. In Sudan, the Hamed el Nil is one of the most famous and well-attended rituals with people gathering from around the world to join this weekly ceremony.
The custodians of Islam’s two holiest sites have conveniently distanced themselves from many issues affecting Muslims.
The fighting began after traders in a mainly Muslim district called PK5 took up arms to oppose taxes levied by militia groups, an imam at a local mosque said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani are scheduled to deliver keynote addresses on Thursday.
The footballer wrote "East Turkistan: bleeding wound of Islamic Ummah”, calling Uighurs “warriors who resist persecution ... glorious believers who put up a fight alone against these who forcefully move people away from Islam”.
Middle Eastern governments have valid reasons to fear foreign conspiracies but deflecting blame on foreign hands instead of addressing citizens' grievances only weakens their own position.
French Defence Minister Florence Parly said an investigation has been opened to determine the exact circumstances of the accident.
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