ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS The Department of Justice announced that Stafford County, Virginia recently repealed an ordinance that prevented the development of a cemetery for people of the Islamic faith. Stacker has compiled a list of abortion laws in 15 countries, including Saudi Arabia, where scholars comment it is easier to obtain an abortion … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
Egypt's fatwā authority, Dar Al-Ifta, issued a new edition of Insight magazine that it publishes in English, which discusses women's rights in Islam. In "What is and isnt' Shariah?," Ekrem Bugra Ekinci (Daily Sabah) states that sharī'a is ultimately an effort by scholars to identify and interpret divine rules, which allows for greater flexibility. UN … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
The Program in Islamic Law and the Library of Congress have announced a historic collaborative project whereby the official gazettes of Muslim countries will be identified and analyzed from a copyright perspective. Editor-in-Chief Professor Intisar Rabb commented that "these sources — combined with careful research and data science tools — will make for unparalleled research … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
At a press conference following the Taliban's capture of Kabul (Afghanistan), senior commander Waheedullah Hashimi commented that the country would be governed by sharī'a. The King Abdul Aziz Endowment of Ain Al-Aziziah installed four new drinking and wuḍūʾ (ablution necessary for prayer) stations in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia). Haruna Ibn-Sina, the head of the sharī'a police … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News 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.
Allan Goodson, a mechanic in southern Utah, alleged that he was harassed by his employer and fired from his job because he converted to Islam. News outlets in the Arab world, particularly in Egypt, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia, have portrayed the recent dismissal of the prime minister and closure of parliament by the Tunisian … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
Hundreds of Umrah agents, responsible for organizing the visa applications and travel arrangements of pilgrims headed to Mecca, have sued the Saudi government for the fines levied on them for breaking COVID-19 rules, after a court in Mecca cancelled a multi-million riyal fine issued against an agent.
Saudi Arabia arrested over 120 people who attempted to use fake "Covid green passes" to participate in the pilgrimage. Shaykh Jamal Said, head of a local mosque in Bridgeview (Illinois), warned that vaccine-hesitant members of the local Muslim congregation could be prevented from entering the mosque and its facilities.
Islamic Finance Guru, a UK-based Islamic finance platform, recently raised £3 million in investments. The Saudi Crown Prince's overhaul of the country's legal system and practices traditionally thought as being mandated by sharī'a has given rise to discontent among some of the population. Ahead of the national Islamophobia summit, the National Council of Canadian Muslims … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
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