Fatwās on Cryptocurrency: Egypt’s Dār al-Iftāʾ

By Raha Rafii Grand Muftī Shawky Ibrahim Allam of Egypt’s Dār al-Iftāʾ issued a fatwā in December 2017[1] stating that any and all uses of cryptocurrency was ḥarām, or forbidden—including purchasing, selling, and leasing. The al-Azhar-affiliated Dār al-Iftāʾ was established in 1895 with the Grand Muftī as its head; throughout its history it served a … Continue reading Fatwās on Cryptocurrency: Egypt’s Dār al-Iftāʾ

Fatwās on Cryptocurrency: The Syrian Islamic Council and the International Union of Muslim Scholars’ al-Qaradaghi

By Raha Rafii Throughout the last few years, Muslim scholars have contested the validity of cryptocurrency in Islamic jurisprudence, particularly in light of its quick expansion in regions like the Gulf and Southeast Asia.[1] Cryptocurrency differs from standard forms of currency in that it exists only digitally and transactions are not processed through a central … Continue reading Fatwās on Cryptocurrency: The Syrian Islamic Council and the International Union of Muslim Scholars’ al-Qaradaghi

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "The Validity of Bitcoins According to the Islamic Law" (Law and Justice 6, no. 2 (2022)), Wardah Yuspin and Sakia Agia Salsabella (Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta) argue that "bitcoins produce more harm than good" and consequently that they are "prohibited by Islamic law." In "Legality of Immunisation in Islamic Law" … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Saudi Arabia has approved new personal status laws that aim to enhance the legal status of women and children by enhancing alimony rights of women for childcare, among other things.  The Saudi Crown Prince stated that the new laws are "comprehensive in addressing all the problems that the family and … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS An Islamic scholar, Irshad Ahmed Ijaz, stated at an Islamic seminar held in Pakistan that digital currencies should not be considered fictitious, but rather legitimate currencies amenable to regulation, according to Islamic law. Islamic scholars have urged Muslims to raise awareness to stop Russian hostilities in Ukraine, with one scholar, … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS The hijāb controversy in India, occasioned by a university administration refusing to admit some Muslim students wearing the Islamic veil, has been ongoing, with a court case regarding the matter still pending before Indian courts.  The Karnataka government, the Indian state in which the controversy has taken place, has so … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Jordan recently amended its constitution, which now includes the words "Jordan women" in the clause on equality. Secretary-General of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Dr. Ali Al-Qaradaghi, recently stated that cryptocurrencies are forbidden under Islamic law. Since the civil marriage reform in Abu Dhabi went into effect, courts in … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently published an informational pamphlet stressing "shared practices and beliefs" their faith community shares with Muslims, to which Luna Banuri, executive director of Utah Muslim Civic League, responded: "They did a very good job in presenting a holistic view of Islam that … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS The new leader of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama's new chairman Yahya Cholil Staquf, expressed his willingness to fight extremism by focusing on traditional Islamic legal doctrine, particularly on the issue of apostasy.  Recent surveys have suggested that roughly one out of five Muslims is in an interfaith marriage, … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Muslim cryptocurrency enthusiasts in Indonesia have found a way around the recent fatwā issued by the nation's Ulama Council, ruling that cryptocurrency is forbidden under to Islamic law. The Bangladesh House Building Finance Corporation (BHBFC) stated that it has started sharī'a-based financing in the housing sector. The Taliban's implementation of … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup