COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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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.

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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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.

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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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 and Islamic Law Roundup

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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.

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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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.

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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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.

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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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

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Commenting on their use of applications to track those entering and exiting Mecca and Medina, the two holy cities in Islam,  the spokesperson for the presidency responsible for managing the holy sites, Hani Haider (Saudi Arabia), stated that they have developed the Eatmarna and the Tawakkalna apps to monitor the movement of visitors. The General … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "Pirates and Pilgrims: The Plunder of the Ganj-i Sawai, the Hajj, and a Mughal Captain’s Perspective" (Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 64, no. 1-2 (2021)), Tyler Joseph Kynn (University of Memphis), using literature on "[t]he pirate attack by Henry Every in 1695 on a Mughal ship" carrying travelers from … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup