Islamic Law in the News Roundup

  • The rejected plan for the Muslim call to prayer to be broadcast via loudspeakers from Peterborough‘s (UK) mosque will be reconsidered, after it was revealed that the city council website had published a different application on its website when it announced the rejection.
  • 14-year-old volleyball player Najah Aqeel, who had been denied from competing in a junior varsity game because of her hijāb, successfully challenged the rule established by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) that barred athletes from wearing “hair devices” more than three inches wide.
  • A platform designed to be the “Uber for imāms,” ImamConnect, offers Muslims virtual khutbahs.
  • Sheikh Ahmed Karima, a professor of comparative jurisprudence at the Al-Azhar, recently stated that it was against Islam to excavate and display mummies.
  • City Bank issued a sharī’a-compliant letter of credit on Contour‘s blockchain network.
  • Saudi Arabia‘s Justice Department announced that the number of female lawyers increased by 66% in 2020 as compared to 2019, from 618 to 1,029 lawyers.
  • The Supreme Sharia Council of Gaza‘s edict, giving parents and guardians the right to prohibit their adult children and dependents from traveling, will be reviewed by judicial authorities.
  • A Kadhi court in Kenya ruled that, although the Children’s Act states that parents are legally obliged to look after their children until the age of 18, under Islamic law, that obligation extended to unmarried daughters in need of support after the age of 18.

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