COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Pilgrims began arriving in Mecca for the Hajj - the second one to be performed under pandemic restrictions. Thousands of face-masked pilgrims in Mecca prayed for a pandemic-free world. Saudi Arabia has severely limited the number of pilgrims who can perform the Hajj, to 60,000 residents in total this year, compared to 2.5 million in … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Covid-19 has delayed hope of pilgrimage to Mecca for millions of Muslims for a second year. In a recent sermon, the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, called for a science-led approach to Christianity and Islam in combatting the coronavirus.

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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The President of the Malaysian Islamic Party, Abdul Hadi Awang, stated in a public message that the COVID-19 pandemic is a test from Allāh. Because of the recent COVID-19 curbs on pilgrimage to Muslim holy sites by non-Saudi Muslims, many have used and continue to direct their funds to local charities.

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Indonesian Islamic cleric Rizieq Shihab, the leader of the now-banned Islam Defenders Front, was sentenced to four years of imprisonment for concealing his COVID-19 test result. Rises in prices for this year's pilgrimage (hajj) have been attributed to additional costs associated with measures against COVID-19.

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Indonesian authorities sentenced Islamic cleric Habib Rizieq to eight months of imprisonment for encouraging people to attend mass gatherings amid the pandemic. The Indonesian government, citing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, announced that it was cancelling all pilgrimages to Mecca for the second year in a row.  Saudi Arabian authorities announced that during this year's … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, Chairman of Pakistan's Ulema Council, stated that imāms across the country would advise their congregations during Friday prayers to receive the COVID vaccine. The Muftī of the Federal Territories of Malaysia issued a fatwā that permits the chemical preservation of corpses as a means of battling the pandemic - a practice that … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Saudi Arabia reopened more than 1,450 mosques in the country within around 115 days, following temporary evacuation and sterilization efforts. Renowned Indian scholar of Islamic law and peace activist, Wahiduddin Khan, died of COVID-19, having authored more than 200 books over the course of his life, including a two-volume commentary on the Qur'ān.

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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.

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A recent study by polling agency YouGov found that vaccine acceptance in Saudi Arabia and the UAE has increased over time. In a video message to German Muslims, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed regret that Muslims had to celebrate Eid under lockdown conditions and thanked them for their "discipline and understanding."