The Kerala High Court (India) recently overturned a decades-long precedent that had prohibited Muslim women from divorcing their husbands without judicial intervention. In its new decision, the Court noted that judicial intervention was warranted only in faskh cases that involved the intervention of an Islamic judge, thereby recognizing the right of Muslim women to dissolve … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
In his recent virtual remarks, King Salman of Saudi Arabia offered well wishes for Ramadan, instructing that pilgrims be given the best possible services as permitted by current coronavirus restrictions. The Turkish government issued stricter coronavirus measures for Ramadan that impose a curfew of 7 pm during weekdays and a lockdown during the weekends, subject … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
As Ramadan approaches, countries have turned to data generated by astronomers and local moon sighters to determine the exact beginning of the holy month. S&P's 2021 edition of Islamic Finance Outlook discusses financial data to asses how Islamic financial markets have performed in a year that continues to be impacted by the pandemic.
Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced in a statement that only "immunized people" will be allowed to perform the umrah (year-round pilgrimage) and the hajj (pilgrimage). Egypt announced that only designated mosques will be open during Ramadan for the additional Ramadan prayer (ṣalāt al-tarāwīḥ), not to exceed half an hour.
Saudi Arabia announced that a coronavirus vaccine would be mandatory in order to participate in this year's pilgrimage (hajj). The Muslim Council of Britain recently issued its latest coronavirus best practices, including Ramadan safety guidance. In an attempt to tighten its COVID restrictions, Turkey announced that communal means during Ramadan would be prohibited.
Dar-al-Aftah of Pakistan, in consultation with other Islamic scholars, announced in its fatwā that the COVID-19 vaccine is permissible under Islamic law. AstraZeneca recently responded to concerns from the Muslim world and especially from Indonesia that its COVID-19 vaccine contains ingredients whose consumption is prohibited by Islam, stating that the vaccine does not contain any … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
A plan by the Sri Lankan government to bury Muslim coronavirus victims on a remote islet sparked international outcry. The Sri Lankan government's ban on burials and its mandate that all coronavirus victims be cremated, which had sparked outrage by Muslims within and outside of the nation, is revoked following a visit to the country … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
On February 27, 2021, Malaysia received its first batch of the CoronaVac Covid-19 vaccine.
Sadakat Kadri argues in the opinion piece entitled "For Muslims wary of the Covid vaccine: there's every religious reason not to be" (The Guardian, February 18, 2021) that "[s]uspicion of authority and worries about what is halal must be balanced by the fact that protecting others is an obligation."
Egypt's Dar al-Ifta recently issued a fatwā, announcing that the use of zakāh (almsgiving) funds to buy the coronavirus vaccine was permissible under Islamic law, as it served the higher objective of "preservation of the self." Hashem Ahmad Alshilleh, who helped to bury a generation of Muslims in Southern California in accordance with Islamic law, … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup