COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

  • Indonesia‘s Ulema Council issues a fatwā allowing Muslims to perform Eid al-Fitr prayers at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Indonesia‘s Chairman of the Fatwā Board, Hasanuddin, announces stipulations for Eid al-Fitr prayers, where there should be a congregation of at least four people, where one acts as an imam or the worship leader, and the other three are the followers.
  • Indonesian mosques announce that they will allow group prayer for Eid al-Fitr.
  • Malaysian authorities announce that they will allow some group prayer and enforce a 20-person limit on gatherings with the army.
  • International community of Muslim scholars issues guidance on how to participate in Eid prayers during lockdown.
  • Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh issues edict instructing Muslims to conduct Eid prayers at home.

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