ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS
- Research and Markets has published its South East Asia Halal Skincare Market report, which notes that “[t]he demand for halal skincare and cosmetics products among consumers is surging, but the development of halal cosmetics and the assessment of their product performance are still in their infancy[.]”
- A conservative political block in Jordan, including some prominent Muslim clerics in the country, have voiced their opposition against a Children’s Rights Bill, which some clerics have described to be in contravention of Islamic law because, among other things, it defines a child not according to puberty but rather based on whether a person has reached the age of 18.
- According to a recent survey conducted by Wunderman Thompson Intelligence and VMLY&R Malaysia, “[o]ne in three Muslims in Southeast Asia consider themselves more religious than their parents were at their age, with their faith informing decisions around personal spending, fashion, banking, travel and education.”
- According to the 14th Annual ASDA’A BCW Arab Youth Survey, nearly two-thirds of all Arabs have stated that “their legal structures should be based on Sharia Law.”
- “Australian-based crypto platform MRHB.Network [stated] there has been a strong take-up of [h]alal-approved cryptocurrency products on its platform, with aims to release a suite of new products which align with Islamic law by the end of 2022.” For more content and context on Islamic debates over the permissibility of using cryptocurrencies, consult the contributions by our Research Editor Raha Rafii here and here.
- “A Sudanese court recently dismissed apostasy charges against four Christians who had been threatened with the death penalty unless they recanted their faith, according to sources.”
- “The death of a young woman, Mahsa Amini, in the custody of Iran‘s morality police in Tehran has ignited nationwide anger,” prompting renewed interest in the place and utility of the morality place in the Iranian law enforcement system.
- “A housewife in Kwara State [Nigeria], Awawu Haruna, and two others, have been remanded for allegedly marrying another man while in a subsisting relationship.”
ON COVID-19 AND ISLAMIC LAW
- Islamic organizations have continued to promote COVID-19 vaccinations in Indonesia, at times also aiding the government in vaccine administration.