ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS "Malaysia's new prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim, will be contending in parliament with a strengthened Islamist party that espouses a stricter interpretation of [...] Islamic law, a challenge to Anwar's vision of an inclusive society." "Three women and 11 men were flogged [recently] on the orders of an Afghan court after they … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Borno State Governor (Nigeria), Professor Babagana Zulum, urged the Nigerian "government to establish an institutional framework that would guide the conduct of fatwa." As Saudi Arabia is debating amending its blood money law, some sources have reported that the Shoura Council considering the amendments declined to discuss inserting the following … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Muslim cryptocurrency enthusiasts in Indonesia have found a way around the recent fatwā issued by the nation's Ulama Council, ruling that cryptocurrency is forbidden under to Islamic law. The Bangladesh House Building Finance Corporation (BHBFC) stated that it has started sharī'a-based financing in the housing sector. The Taliban's implementation of … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
"Despite the emergency situation facing Iraq due to the coronavirus pandemic, the people's faith in Imam Hussein means they are not afraid" said one pilgrim in Karbala (Iraq) who had travelled there to commemorate the martyrdom of Hussein, the grandchild of the Prophet, on the day of 'Āshūrā - a commemorative event for Shī'ī Muslims … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
Saudi Arabia recently stated that it had begun to allow vaccinated foreigners to visit Mecca and Medina to perform the Umrah pilgrimage. Hefazat-e-Islam (Bangladesh) leaders, who had previously refused to be vaccinated on religious grounds, reversed course and received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Ahmadullah, a prominent Muslim cleric from Bangladesh, issued a fatwā stating that using the laughing emoji to mock people is forbidden under Islamic law. Muslim women in Kenya have lobbied the government to ensure that a woman is appointed to the top Kadhi court adjudicating Islamic law matters. A new Pew Research study found that … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
In "Bangladesh: Religious Intolerance in Bangladesh" (Religious Intolerance in South Asia, ed. Farahnaz Ispahani (forthcoming 2021)), using a unique and nationally representative dataset from 2017, C. Christine Fair and Parina Patel (Georgetown University) discuss their findings regarding support for sharī'a among Bangladeshi voters in addition to levels of communal and sectarian intolerance.
Citing coronavirus concerns, Bangladesh recently blocked access to refugee camps hosting around 740,000 Rohingya Muslims. As the pandemic continues to hit India, a Hindu nurse reciting Islamic prayers to her suffering Muslim patient made headlines in the country.
We've compiled a list of news sources that show how countries and communities are using Islamic law to respond to COVID-19 (coronavirus).