Islamic Law in the News Roundup


  • Some pundits have argued that the recent presidential campaign in France, and the candidates’ statements about Islam “that seek[] to protect laïcité and regulate Islam contradictorily entangle[] state and religion ever closer.”
  • Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayyeb announced that congratulating Christians on holidays is not out of courtesy or formalities but rather ‘comes from our understanding of the teachings of our true religion.'”
  • Alaafin Adeyemi, the Permanent Chairman of Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs (Nigeria), passed away and a burial ceremony was conducted in accordance with Islamic law.
  • Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob of Malaysia stated that he wants the federal government to implement the Islamic law principle of maslaha in every policy.
  • The Supreme Court of India refused to consider a petition challenging the constitutionality of The Waqf Act, 1995.
  • The Taliban recently ordered a ban on TikTok and PUBG, stating that the two social media platforms were leading Afghan youth “astray.” For more content and context on the recent developments in Afghanistan, consult our Editor-in-Chief, Professor Intisar Rabb’s “Resource Roundup: Afghanistan, the Taliban, and Islamic Law.


  • UAE authorities asked mosque officials throughout the country to restrict Ramadan prayers to 45 minutes due to ongoing concerns about the pandemic.
  • Following the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah‘s announcement lifting restrictions of Muslim pilgrims to the Muslim holy sites, Mecca and Medina’s economy has witnessed a significant boost.


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