NAIROBI, Kenya

At the Kariobangi slums here in Kenya’s capital city, Abdirizak Noor just had a bath. 

There is no running water where he lives so he showers using a basin, brushes his teeth and prepares for Friday prayers.

Instead of going to the mosque, Noor lies a prayer mat on the floor of his one-roomed unit. Having prepared like he would on a normal Friday, he performs prayers following the guidance of an imam, or spiritual leader.

“Friday prayers are supposed to be congregational; I am alone but I am not,” Noor said, referring to a livestream video on

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