Cases and Fatwās Roundup

 “A local leadership of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) in Kerala has issued a fatwa to its women cadre prohibiting them from attending roadshows[.]”

Cases and Fatwās Roundup

 “[A]n Islamic seminary in Lucknow [India] has issued a fatwa (an edict by a recognised religious authority on a point of Islamic law) asking people not to cut trees and burn crops as part of initiatives to curb global warming.” After “[t]he Madhya Pradesh High Court [India] delivered a complex judgment on inter-faith marriage [i]n… CONTINUE READING

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“Kuwait has issued a new fatwa (a ruling from the point of Islamic law given by a recognized authority) that will prohibit companies and banks from marketing their products in mosques.” “The Madhya Pradesh High Court [India] has delivered a complex judgment on inter-faith marriage. In a case involving a Hindu woman and a Muslim… CONTINUE READING

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In Pakistan, “[a] writ petition has been filed in the Federal Shariat Court’s Lahore Registry challenging Section 9 of the Muslim Family Law Ordinance, 1961, which requires a man to obtain the consent of his first wife before contracting a second marriage.”

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“A Federal Court [in Malaysia] judge has rejected the notion that shariah courts are ‘inferior’ to civil courts. In a supporting judgment issued in a case which saw the apex court dismiss a woman’s challenge to her religious status as a Muslim earlier this month, Justice Abu Bakar Jais said: ‘I am aware there are… CONTINUE READING

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“Top clergy [in Indonesia] have issued fatwas, or edicts, on how to rein in climate change. Neighborhood activists are beseeching friends, family and neighbors that environmentalism is embedded in the Quran.” “For those planning to perform Haj[j] this upcoming season, a fatwa has been issued that bans performing the holy pilgrimage without an official permit.… CONTINUE READING

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“[A] Kerala-based woman [in India], who said she, though born a Muslim, is now a non-believer, and should be governed by the secular statutes rather than the Sharia law,” petitioned the Supreme Court of India. “The Lahore High Court (LHC) [in Pakistan] has ruled that a man cannot marry the sister of his former wife… CONTINUE READING

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“In a rare verdict that highlights the complexity of Pakistani law, a sessions court in Malir recently sentenced one Fareed Qadir to 80 lashes for the grave offence of qazf [i.e., false accusation of adultery].” “Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti, Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Sheikh, has highlighted the adaptability of Islamic law in addressing contemporary issues and stressed… CONTINUE READING

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“The [United Arab] Emirates Council for Sharia Fatwa has confirmed the permissibility of paying Zakat Al-Fitr in cash.”

Cases and Fatwās Roundup

“Rohit De’s article,  Mumtaz Bibi’s Broken Heart: The Many Lives of the Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act, 1939” 46:1 Indian Economic and Social History Review ( 2009) pp.105-130, was cited by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in Ibrahim Khan v. Saima Khan, a case about the rights of Muslim women to seek a judicial dissolution of marriage. Justice Ayesha Malik, the first… CONTINUE READING