OnSpec/Pandemic • Faith and Worship

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1 min readMar 31, 2020

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Worshipers at the Western Wall, Jerusalem. Photo: Umar Farooq

You might think you’re further away from the world, but in many ways the pandemic is bringing us together.

We begin with the religious, those who turn to faith and collective prayer in times of hardship. But they are not supposed to gather anymore in mosques, churches or synagogues. The entire concept of communal support in faith has been upended. Many groups are still resisting and continue to gather. But slowly, the choice is no longer available. It’s your life or place of worship. Journalist Umar Farooq talks to three people in Spain, Kashmir and the U.S., and how religious communities are finding ways to support each other without being together.

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