ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS "This [past] weekend, Muslims in the United States and around the world celebrate[d] Eid al-Adha, which translates literally to holiday of the sacrifice." "Western pilgrims using the Saudi-backed Motawif portal" have expressed frustration about double bookings and the conditions of hotel rooms. "The costs of performing the hajj have risen … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Some pundits have argued that the recent presidential campaign in France, and the candidates' statements about Islam "that seek to protect laïcité and regulate Islam contradictorily entangle state and religion ever closer." "Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayyeb announced that congratulating Christians on holidays is not out of courtesy or formalities … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS "Malaysia ranked first among 81 countries and regions in the Global Islamic Economy Indicator for the ninth straight year." Zuha Siddiqui traced the history of America's oldest surviving mosque in Williamsburg for Bedword and Bowery. Muslim children who chose to fast during Ramadan have been balancing fasting and school. The … 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.
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
Covid-19 has delayed hope of pilgrimage to Mecca for millions of Muslims for a second year. In a recent sermon, the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, called for a science-led approach to Christianity and Islam in combatting the coronavirus.
The President of the Malaysian Islamic Party, Abdul Hadi Awang, stated in a public message that the COVID-19 pandemic is a test from Allāh. Because of the recent COVID-19 curbs on pilgrimage to Muslim holy sites by non-Saudi Muslims, many have used and continue to direct their funds to local charities.
Indonesian Islamic cleric Rizieq Shihab, the leader of the now-banned Islam Defenders Front, was sentenced to four years of imprisonment for concealing his COVID-19 test result. Rises in prices for this year's pilgrimage (hajj) have been attributed to additional costs associated with measures against COVID-19.
Indonesian authorities sentenced Islamic cleric Habib Rizieq to eight months of imprisonment for encouraging people to attend mass gatherings amid the pandemic. The Indonesian government, citing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, announced that it was cancelling all pilgrimages to Mecca for the second year in a row. Saudi Arabian authorities announced that during this year's … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup