In Egypt’s Big Ramadan TV Drama, the President Is the Hero

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi says “The Choice” tells the truth about his rise. Critics say it’s a rewriting of recent history from an industry increasingly cowed under his rule.

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Why Ramadan Generates Millions in Charitable Giving Every Year

During the Muslim holy month, there is a strong focus on helping others.

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Love Songs and Tear Gas in a Tense Sudan Ramadan

“We come to forget it all,” one young musician said during the daily end of the fast. “The heat, the electricity cuts, the protests. Here, at least, we can sing.”

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Rare Overlap of Holy Days Shows Jerusalem’s Promise and Problems

In its Old City, a Christian, a Jew and a Muslim marked Easter, Passover and Ramadan. To some, it’s a “symphony.” To others, a reminder of division.

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Subway Shooting Victim Recounts a Routine Commute Before the Chaos

Houari Benkada was fasting for Ramadan and had woken up for a pre-dawn meal with his mother before setting off for work at the New Yorker Hotel. He is recovering from a gunshot wound.

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Clashes Erupt at Jerusalem Holy Site on Day With Overlapping Holidays

Calm returned after more than 150 people were injured and hundreds were arrested by the Israeli police on Friday, when Ramadan, Easter and Passover coincided for the first time in thirty years.

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Israeli-Palestinian Clashes Erupt in Jerusalem as Holidays Converge

The violence broke out at the Aqsa Mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, on the first day of a rare concurrence of Ramadan, Passover and Easter.

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Wave of Terrorism in Israel Defies a Simple Narrative

Four recent deadly attacks have highlighted Palestinian anger over vanishing prospects of a Palestinian state, but the assailants’ diverse backgrounds have left many questions unanswered.

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15 Recipes for Observing Ramadan

As a month of fasting begins, these flavorful dishes will enliven suhoor meals and iftar celebrations.

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Where Breaking the Ramadan Fast Includes Caribou

At America’s northernmost mosque, in Anchorage, nightly potlucks will let Muslims celebrate iftar together over foods from around the globe.

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Qatayef, a Dessert That Sweetens Ramadan

The arrival of qatayef, sweet stuffed pancakes, means Ramadan isn’t far behind.

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Mideast Feels the Pinch of Rising Food Prices as Ramadan Nears

Russia’s war on Ukraine has driven up the prices of staple foods and energy across the Middle East and North Africa ahead of the Muslim holy month of daytime fasting and nighttime feasting.

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Four Killed in Southern Israel in Latest in Spate of Attacks

The attacks have heightened fears of further violence in April, when the convergence of three religious holidays has leaders on edge.

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After Years of Quiet, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Exploded. Why Now?

A little-noticed police action in Jerusalem last month was one of several incidents that led to the current crisis.

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A Ramadan Closer to Normal for 2021

Compared with last year, when mosques around the world were closed because of the coronavirus, this Holy Month has limits, but friends and family, too.

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Sugared and Spiced, This Creamy Porridge Comforts

Kunun gyada, a subtly sweet West African blend of rice and peanuts, is a dish you want for iftar — and all year round.

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The Easiest Way to Make Crispy Homemade Samosas

Keep a stash, made from scratch, in the freezer, and fry them up as a quick snack to break fast, to host surprise guests or to just feed yourself.

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How to Celebrate the Spring Holidays Safely With Your Family

Easter, Passover and Ramadan will be a little less lonely this year as more people get vaccinated. But experts say we can’t let down our guard just yet.

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‘It’s Too Late’: In Sprawling Indonesia, Coronavirus Surges

A random sampling of thousands found that one in 10 had antibodies for the coronavirus, an alarming glimpse at what could be runaway transmission.

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The Pandemic Upends Islam’s Holiest Month

Zoom calls and socially distant food drives have replaced family gatherings and community prayers.

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Afghan Sides Agree to a Rare Cease-Fire During Eid al-Fitr

The Taliban’s announcement of a three-day cessation of violence, after months of intensifying attacks, was welcomed by President Ashraf Ghani.

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Why the Call to Prayer Made Me Cry This Ramadan

Abdi Latif Dahir, a New York Times reporter based in Nairobi, reflects on how the pandemic’s “gift of loneliness” reshaped the holy month.

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Iran Sees New Surge in Virus Cases After Reopening Country

Health experts say the government did not heed the warnings about easing restrictions too soon. Cases spike in eight provinces.

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The Silver Lining of Being Quarantined During Ramadan

Being at home with family has made observing Islam’s holiest month a richer and deeper spiritual experience.

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In Jerusalem, Ramadan Restrictions Last Seen During the Crusades Return

A pandemic has transformed how Muslims in Israel and the Palestinian Territories are experiencing Ramadan.

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Breaking the Ramadan Fast in Quarantine

The evening meal is usually a time for community, but this year, Muslims have to adapt.

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

The coronavirus outbreak has disproportionately affected some areas of Britain. A Birmingham mosque’s car park has been transformed into a makeshift mortuary to handle the influx of bodies.

#birmingham-england, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #funerals-and-memorials, #minorities, #mosques, #muslims-and-islam, #ramadan

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Um Haroun’ Ignites Arab Debate on Jews and Israel

Fans have praised a hit TV series for promoting religious diversity. Critics say it encourages “normalization” with Israel and betrays the Palestinian cause.

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Man Charged With Hate Crime in Suspected Arson at Islamic Center

Nicholas Proffitt pleaded guilty to a hate crime after throwing rocks at the Islamic center in Cape Girardeau, Mo., in 2009. Eleven years later he returned to set the building on fire, the police say.

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

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing Muslims to adapt, observing the holy month more at home than in the mosque, more online than in person, and with greater uncertainty about the future.

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As Ramadan Begins, Muslims (Mostly) Accede to Pandemic Orders

Islam’s most sacred sites were largely deserted as the holy month started, but Muslims in some places were resisting in ways that could spread the coronavirus.

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

Some Muslim doctors are saving lives while fasting. For the rest of us, this holy month won’t be heroic but it will be enough.

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Pakistan Coronavirus Lockdown Is Thwarted by Imams as Ramadan Nears

The government gave in to clerics’ demands that mosques be allowed to stay open during the Islamic holy month. Now critics are asking who’s in charge.

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Why I’m Letting My 7-Year-Old Fast During Ramadan

I’m choosing to nurture her nascent spirituality, but will monitor her closely.

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Coronavrus Dims Ramadan Celebrations

The holiest month in the Islamic calendar promises this year to be the strangest ever for the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims. In Cairo, known as the city of a thousand minarets, the coronavirus has cast a long shadow.

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