COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

  • Rida Hesti Ratnassari, an Indonesian scholar, documented in a journal article that the country’s handling of the pandemic has not been fully compliant with maqāsid al-sharī’a, the main objectives of Islamic law.
  • Volunteer Muslims in Myanmar have been helping the Muslim community so that they can burry their deceased relatives in accordance with Islamic law, in an attempt to avoid cremation, which is the default practice in the Buddhist-majority country.
  • Sri Lanka announced that it would cremate the bodies of all Covid-19 victims, prompting frustration among the nation’s Muslim population who deem the practice forbidden under Islam.

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