The shrines of Imam Husayn and his brother Aba Fadl Abbas in Karbala, Iraq, 2022.

‘I can get close to God’: Millions from around the globe participate in religious Arbaeen walk in Iraq

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The walk culminates in the city of Karbala to remember the legacy of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Husayn.

Clothes are on display at the Mar Design tailor shop in central St. Louis in northern Senegal.

Muslims in Senegal prepare for Eid al-Adha celebrations

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This year's Eid stamp design released by Canada Post.

Canada unveils a first-of-a-kind Eid stamp this year

Lifestyle & Belief
The ambiance of the Bab al-Yemen restaurant in Boston adds to a unique dining experience for customers, Apr. 12, 2023.

At Boston’s first Yemeni restaurant, food, community and tradition are on the menu this Ramadan

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A Virgin Mary statue in a public square in France

The state of religion in France

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Students gather to take a group picture during the library repat the University of Mosul in front of the theatre on Feb. 19, 2022.

After years of conflict and rebuilding, Mosul University’s Central Library marks new beginning  


The library’s reopening on Feb. 19 represents a significant milestone in the return of arts and literature to a city whose culture became a target of the militants. 

A semazen leans his head back while turning during a sema ritual at the Irfan Civilization Research and Culture Center in Konya, Turkey.

Turkey’s ‘whirling dervishes’ strive to keep the practice sacred amid tourist demand

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In the city of Konya, adherents of a Sufi ritual meditation are torn between commercialism and tradition.

Two rows of wooden pews are shown with several people standing while a priest is at the front of the church.

Two years after revolution, Christians in Sudan evaluate gains

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Sudan’s new government is working to provide protections for religious minorities. Sudanese Christians are trying to figure out what it means for them. 

A large crowd od people are shown outside of the tan-colored Grand Mosque with a man selling beaded jewelry in the nearground.

After the revolution, a secular Sudan?

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The Nuba rebels of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) are negotiating with the transitional government, and reviving an age-old issue in Sudan: secularism, or the separation between religion and the state.

Muslims pray in a mosque during celebrations of Eid al-Fitr holiday, a feast celebrated by Muslims worldwide, in Grozny, Russia, on Thursday, May 13, 2021.

The world celebrates Eid — including some of The World’s listeners


We asked The World’s listeners to share what Eid al-Fitr means to them and their families. Here’s what they told us.