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On Tuesday the Coptic Orthodox Church celebrated the 51th anniversary of the Virgin Mary's appearance, according to Christian belief, on the domes of the church that bears her name in the al-Zaytūn area of Cairo.
Upper Egypt is associated with habits and customs that do not always change as time goes by, especially when it comes to the burial of the dead and rituals following the burial.  
Preface by Cornelis Hulsman: In 1997 I started making press overviews on issues related to Muslim-Christian relations and founded the Religious News Service from the Arab World which later was renamed Arab-West Report. Between June 13, 1997 and July 11, 1998 I collected articles from al-Muslimoon...
Mehmet Görmez, head of Presidency of Religious Affairs, the highest Islamic authority in Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, said that celebrations of Christmas and New Year is idolatry and heretic. 
All three heavenly faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – agree that the Prophet Abraham is their father and all agree that Abraham’s faith was tested to the utmost level when was ordered to slay his own son.
While the UK celebrates the ‘Feast of St. George’, many Palestinians also celebrate the feast and look upon him as a national hero. The flag of Saint George, waving on top one of the Churches in the West Bank is very similar to the UK flag.
Major General Hāshim Āmna visited Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawāḍrūs II, Pope of the Church of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Holy See of St. Marc – at the Monastery of Saint Bīshūy in Wādi al-Naṭrūn. The Governor presented the Beheira Governorate shield to the Pope and expressed his congratulatory...
Since the Roman massacre against them in the 3rd century AD, Christians in Egypt have tattooed the cross to manifest their faith. Despite the tortures they endured before they were finally killed, Copts etched the cross on the wrists of their children in very early age, fearing for their children...
Shalawlaw is one of the primary foods found on the Coptic table during the Fast of the Virgin Mary, which began yesterday and lasts for 15 days.  It is believed that Mary was the first to make this dish when the Holy Family came to Egypt, and that she taught it to the Egyptians.
Copts celebrated on March 19 the Feast of the Cross, which is the first of the Coptic feasts during the big fast in preparation for Easter.  Pope Tawadros II will lead the mass in the St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Abāssiyah. Churches in Egypt, and the cathedral will undergo intense...
The Azhar and Dār al-Iftā’ will not stipulate a specific form of takbīr (the exclamation ‘Allahu Akbar’), according to puresunnah during ‘Īd al-Fitr, and in a fatwá stated that the form of takbīr used by Egyptians for a long time, as opposed to that used by the Companions of the Prophet, was...
Sheikh Sharīf al-Hawārī, member of the al- Da'wah al- Salafīah  shūra “advisory” council, announced his support for the police reports filed against outspoken non-observers of Ramadan.
The Papal Council for Religious Dialogue at the Vatican congratulated Muslims for the upcoming ‘Īd al-Fitr, marking the end of the month of Ramadān of fasting, prayer, and charity work.
A Salafī leader announced that the sheikhs of his organization would not be observing any of the Ministry of Endowments’ rules regarding i’tikāf . The source affirmed that none of the Salafi sheikhs or youth have registered for i’tikāf , as per the new laws, and that they will all embark on this...
 Today the Copts start the “big fast” that lasts for 55 days and will end on Easter on the 20th of April (Girgis Fikrī, al- Shurūq, Feb. 24, p. 1). Read original text in Arabic.   
Salafī coalitions have warned Shī’ah Muslims against holding any celebrations on the occasion of the birth of al- Hussayn. A number of Salafī coalitions have announced that they are organizing stands in front of al- Hussayn mosque in Cairo starting today in order to stop the Shī’ah from holding any...
Dr. Ahmad al- Tayyib, the Azhar Shaykh requested each Egyptian house to be moderate in spending and avoiding excessive spending, stating  that Ramadan is a month of prayer and asceticism and not one of pleasure, or having fun. 
 The Office of the Chief Justice in Palestine has forbidden divorce in the month of Ramadan, unless circumstances deem it absolutely necessary. 
After having temporarily calmed down, relations between the Ministry of Endowments and the Salafīs have ignited once again, this time regarding i’itikāf. Sheikh Muhamad ‘abd el-Rāzik, representative of the Ministry of Endowments for Quranic and Mosque matters, stated, “i’itikaaf is a tradition that...

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