Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Ramadan is an unusual one for the Muslim community who are used to gathering together to pray and share meals as a community. Mosques around the world, including the holy sites in Mecca and Medina, have also been closed. These are a few of the reasons why this year's Ramadan is looking very different for adherents Islam around the world.
Slovenia's first mosque opens in the capital Ljubljana after surmounting financial hurdles and right-wing opposition, 50 years after the initial request to build was made. Muslims in the predominantly Catholic Alpine country first filed a request to build a mosque in the late 1960s while Slovenia was still part of the former Communist Yugoslavia. The community finally received permission 15 years ago, but ran into opposition from right-wing politicians and groups, as well as financial troubles.
In both Lebanon and Israel, Couples must marry in a mosque, church or synagogue. For couples of different religions, atheists or anyone who wants to see their union regulated by a civil code, there is only one solution: those who can afford it are left to wed abroad.