COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

  • President Rateb Jneid of Australia‘s Federation of Islamic Councils announces concerns over the use of fetal tissue in COVID-19 vaccine development.
  • As the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt businesses in Kenya, Islamic financing experts urge the government to offer loans compliant with Islamic law.
  • The College of Islamic Studies in Qatar collaborates with Belgium‘s Kotholieke Universiteit to deliver a virtual summer school and international conference titled “Islamic Ethics and the Covid-19 Pandemic”.
  • Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani of Iraq calls for Muharram celebrations to be broadcast on TV to avoid crowds due to COVID-19. Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar and includes celebrations for the annual festival of Ashura, which marks the death of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson.
  • Clerics in Iran debate over how to hold the Muharram festival given the coronavirus pandemic.  

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