Islam and Data Science Roundup

In "Cell-based influenza vaccine: current production, halal status assessment, and recommendations towards Islamic-compliant manufacturing" (Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics (2020)) Nurul Nadiah Zulkarnain (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia) and others "review[] and recommend[] some alternatives appropriate for manufacturing cell-based influenza vaccine which comply with Islamic laws and consumers’ needs." "Based on 21 cases derived from media reports and face-to-face … Continue reading Islam and Data Science Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

The rejected plan for the Muslim call to prayer to be broadcast via loudspeakers from Peterborough's (UK) mosque will be reconsidered, after it was revealed that the city council website had published a different application on its website when it announced the rejection. 14-year-old volleyball player Najah Aqeel, who had been denied from competing in … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Saudi Arabia announced its intention to roll out judicial reforms aimed at codifying the country's fundamental laws. A city council in Peterborough (UK) rejected an application to broadcast the call to prayer three times a day via loudspeakers, holding that it would constitute "an unwelcome intrusion on the soundscape." Archaeologists discovered a Muslim necropolis in … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

The Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation's futuristic design of the new Ayodha Mosque, planned to be built on the site of the Babri Masjid that was demolished in 1992, sparked debate in the country. An amendment to Saudi Arabia's harassment law that will enable the "naming and shaming" of convicted offenders was approved by the country's cabinet.

Islamic Law in the News 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. Russia’s Spiritual Administration of Muslims stated in a ruling that interfaith marriages between Muslim men and non-Muslim … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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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

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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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

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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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

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

The Saudi Ministry of Interior announced that there is no list of specifically prohibited names, but that there are certain criteria “that must be taken into account when choosing the names of children,” providing as examples of prohibited names those that violate Islamic law such as Abd al-Rasool and Abd al-Lat. Bitcoin Association Ambassador for … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup