Malaysia's Minister of Religious Affairs Datuk Seri Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri announced that the country's National Fatwā Council would soon issue its ruling concerning the permissibility of the COVID-19 vaccine from an Islamic law prespective. While Muslim religious authorities in Malaysia have previously exempted vaccines from ḥalāl labeling, concerns about the contents of the shots continue, … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
Malaysia’s Minister of Religious Affairs, Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri, stated that the country’s National Fatwā Council would study the vaccine and its permissibility at length at a conference with state muftīs, scholars, and health experts. Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of Malaysia, Ahmad Amzad Hashim, announced that about 30% of Malaysians … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
The pandemic has served as a catalyst for Gulf countries in their bid to adopt Western norms and policies, as declining oil prices, due to the pandemic, has underlined the need for attracting more foreign talent and investment. News of the Covid-19 vaccine prompted Indonesian politicians to call for a halal vaccine, given that back … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
The muftī of Pahang (Malaysia) stated that he hopes the Covid-19 vaccines currently being worked on are ḥalāl, that is, permissible under Islamic law. The Wall Street Journal reported that the coronavirus and the related drop in oil prices have forced Gulf countries to adopt more Western norms in an attempt to attract foreign talent and … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
Bahrain's state news agency reported that the government granted emergency approval for the use of a vaccine on frontline workers. The vaccine is reportedly developed through the collaboration between a Chinese biotech company and an Abu Dhabi-based technology company.
Vice President Maruf Amin of Indonesia confirmed President Joko Widodo’s view that COVID-19 vaccines should receive a ḥalāl certification to render their use permissible under Islamic law. Harvard University's Center for African Studies will host an online lecture on November 12, 2020, titled "Legal Regulation of Faith: The Limits of Religious Freedom and the Challenge … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
In a recent statement, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced that it would start receiving pilgrims from outside the country, as the Kingdom resumes its pilgrimage services in Mecca and Medina. The Ministry announced that during the first phase of reopening it would only admit pilgrims between the ages of 18 and 50 … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
Indonesia's president Joko Widodo warned his ministers not to rush the development of a Covid vaccine, stating that any vaccine developed would need to be ḥalāl.
Saudi Arabia, as part of its first phase of reopening, started to allow a maximum number of 6,000 pilgrims - for now only Saudi citizens and residents - to enter the Grand Mosque in Mecca for a maximum duration of three hours. The Middle East Studies Association convened a panel titled "Middle East Studies and … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced that it began receiving applications for 'umrah, a pilgrimage to Mecca, Islam's holy site, that is typically shorter than the annual hajj gathering. The applications are currently open to Saudi citizens and residents, and around 6,000 people can currently perform the 'umrah daily, while the government also … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup