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How the coronavirus pandemic has impacted faith

Religions without crowds of believers — this is how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting faith around the world.

Coronavirus: religion around the world

Islam

Instead of calling people to pray in the mosque, this muezzin in Kuwait is calling for people to pray at home. In predominantly Muslim countries, there are 5 calls to prayer each day. Normally, the muezzin is heard saying “come to prayer.” Islam’s holiest site, the Kaaba inside Mecca’s Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia, was briefly closed off for sterilization over fears of the coronavirus. Saudi Arabia has banned overseas visitors and suspended the Umrah pilgrimage, which Muslims are normally allowed to take any time of the year. In Iran, Shiite Muslims stormed a holy shrine in protest of its closure. The country closed down 2 popular shrines in the holy cities of Mashhad and Qom on March 16, 2020. Crowds usually pray there around the clock, touching and kissing the shrine. Despite having one of the highest death tolls outside China, Iran has not imposed any lockdowns. “Unnecessary” travel has been prohibited, Friday prayers have been cancelled but pilgrimages are still possible under these restrictions.

Catholicism

The Angelus prayer, traditionally recited every Sunday at noon by Pope Francis to crowds of people gathered on St. Peter’s Square, was instead live streamed on 4 massive screens. “Dear brothers and sisters, good morning. It's a bit strange this Angelus prayer today with the pope caged in the library but I see you and I am close to you. I am close in prayer to the people who are suffering because of the current coronavirus epidemic as well as to all those who are taking care of them.”, they prayed. Italy is on lockdown and the Vatican is now closed. But that didn’t stop the Pope from waving from his window. The Vatican has cancelled public participation for Easter events. And for the first time ever, this Christian holy site, Our Lady of Lourdes sanctuary, in France has closed. It’s usually a place of prayer for and with the sick, and has a water spring said to have miraculous healing properties.

Judaism

Jews wishing to visit relatives in Israel or take a pilgrimage to Israel for Passover, a major 7-day holiday starting on April 8, 2020, may find their entry to the country barred. Gatherings of more than 5,000 people in the country were banned on March 4, 2020. 1 week later, the number was reduced to 100, and plummeted down to 10 only 4 days after. Before the restrictions were put in place, a mass prayer took place at the Western Wall — the holiest site for Jews to keep the virus at bay.

Buddhism

In Taiwan, Buddhist worships and lectures are still taking place… online. The country has suspended all public gatherings at its temples.

Brut.

03/25/2020 1:00 PM
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12 comments

  • Thomas S.
    3 days

    So religious people have to stay indoors? You could say that's a......god send. They'll all have to update their holy books now to pretend the coronavirus was predicted.

  • Shirish R.
    3 days

    What about Hinduism? More than 1.3 Billion people are Hindus, mainly in India and Nepal.

  • Ariel B.
    3 days

    Dios..bedigar

  • Murad G.
    4 days

    It's not impacting faith, we will always have faith in God, But God gave us a brain to think and take decisions. And if you're using yours, you will understand what I'm saying.

  • Carlos B.
    4 days

    God doesn't exist. Viruses yes 🤷‍♂️

  • Angel C.
    4 days

    Why are they afraid if the bible clearly says god will protect them deep inside they know its all bs

  • Miguel R.
    4 days

    The two most profitable business in the world ever were, are and will be religion and politics. The fanatism for this two is beyond comprehension.

  • Ghassan Z.
    4 days

    science 1 religion 0 🤣🤣🤣

  • Despina M.
    4 days

    Faith is in your heart and soul!

  • Kenneth H.
    4 days

    Go ahead and gather together. Please. One get it they all get.

  • Shujah A.
    4 days

    Now anyone saying " God couldn't protect his followers" are pure ignorant. Once the Prophet Muhammad ( Peace be upon him) said to a man to tie his camel, he replied I trust in God. The Prophet ( Peace be upon him) replied, First tie your camel than believe in God. Although the act of closing down the Kabba completely is wrong but the Prophet (Peace be upon him ) ordered us to take preventive measures against Plague.

  • Gabriel B.
    4 days

    Yes it. Soon no one will go at the church or mosque as for muslim