Islamic Law and COVID-19 Roundup

  • Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah declares that the country will imposes strict limits on this year’s hajj, only allowing Saudi pilgrims and those from other countries already inside the kingdom.
  • The Chief Imam of Lagos, Nigeria,Sheikh Sulaimon Oluwatoyin Abou-Nolla, urged mosques in the state to remain closed, noting that safety of lives is paramount in Islam.
  • Iranian jurists issued statements that signal an acceptance of lockdown, which other commentators have noted as being key to Islamic republic’s battle against pandemic.
  • After consulting with Islamic scholars, Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari of the historic Jama Masjid in India announces that the masjid will be closed for congregational namaz until June 30th in light of COVID-19 surge in Delhi.
  • Egypt’s Dar Al-Iftaa urges recovered COVID-19 patients to donate blood plasma stressing that treating the sick, rescuing injured, and relieving the distressed are all basic duties under Sharia.

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