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With rituals and sweets, Muslims mark Prophet Muhammad (SAWW)’s birth

From sufis in Iraqi Kurdistan, to Libyan children receiving toys and Egyptians swapping sweets -- Muslims across the world celebrated Prophet Mohammed (SAWW)'s birthday on Tuesday. Nearly 1,450 years after the Prophet Mohammed (SAWW) was born at Mecca in modern-day Saudi Arabia, Muslims marked the anniversary with ancestral customs and new traditions on Tuesday. In the Libyan city of Benghazi, the celebration has been under way since late Monday with children unpacking new clothes and plastic toys under strings of…

Namaz reduces back pain and increases joint elasticity: study

The repetitive physical movements of Namaz (prayer) rituals can reduce chances of lower back pain if performed properly, according to new research. The study found that not only does quiet prayer eliminate physical anxiety, but that proper knee and back angles can be an effective clinical treatment. Roughly 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide bow, kneel and place their foreheads to the ground in the direction of Makkah up to five times a day for Namaz. “One way to think about the movements is that they are similar to…