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On Sunday (November 5), the Ṣūfī orders are marking the anniversary of the arrival of the head of the Prophet Muḥammad’s grandson, Imām al-Ḥusayn, in Egypt. The al-Rifāʿīya Order followers will be holding their annual celebrations at the headquarters of the General Sheikhdom of Ṣūfī Orders.
In light of the restrictions preventing gatherings, the spread of the Coronavirus has resulted in the cancellation of religious celebrations and festivals [mawlid], including seven major Islamic ones and nine well-known Christian ones.
The tenth day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic Hijrī calendar is known as ‘Āshūrā’. This day, is a sacred day celebrated by both Sunnīs and Shī’ah Muslims alike albeit for different reasons. Despite sharing this day in common, it highlights differences and brings memories of unjustified...
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