COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

  • Vice President Maruf Amin of Indonesia confirmed President Joko Widodo’s view that COVID-19 vaccines should receive a ḥalāl certification to render their use permissible under Islamic law.
  • Harvard University’s Center for African Studies will host an online lecture on November 12, 2020, titled “Legal Regulation of Faith: The Limits of Religious Freedom and the Challenge of COVID-19 in Africa.”
  • Legal and Islamic scholars have argued that Sri Lanka‘s “Quarantine and Prevention of Diseases Ordinance,” which provides for obligatory cremations of bodies under certain circumstances, is contrary to Islamic law and the country’s constitution.
  • Recent news stories have speculated that the Malaysian government is considering declaring a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which, according to the Malaysian Constitution, can only be issued by the monarch on the recommendation of either the prime minister or the cabinet.

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