COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

  • Jammu and Kashmir’s Grand Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam announces that there is no substitute to sacrificing animals on the eve of Eid al-Adha. He says that people intending to sacrifice animals must follow proper guidelines and, due to the prevailing pandemic, the sacrificial meat should only be distributed within the vicinity while maintaining the highest level of hygiene.
  • Saudi Arabia‘s Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah, and Guidance declares that only mosques that can ensure strict measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus would host the Eid al-Adha prayers. Their Ministry of Interior also  announces steep fines for those who enter the holy sites during this Hajj season without a permit.
  • A couple marries via Zoom during the coronavirus pandemic after consulting advice from scholars in Australia and Indonesia on long-distance marriages according to Islamic law.
  • Bangladesh‘s Ministry of public administration orders employees of all public, private, and autonomous organizations to stay in their places of work during the Eid al-Adha holidays.
  • A judicial official in Iran says that knowingly spreading the coronavirus should be punishable by death, based on the Islamic principle of an eye for an eye.

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