Last Wednesday, Indonesia's president, Joko Widodo, received an injection of the Chinese-made coronavirus vaccine. Johor (Malaysian state) ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar imposed new restrictions under the Movement Control Order. The Order, among other things, limits daily and Fridays prayers to a congregation of twelve people at most.
In "Institutional isomorphism and environmental sustainability: a new framework from the Shariah perspective" (Environment, Development and Sustainability (2021)), Norita Mohd Nasir, Mahendhiran Sanggaran Nair and Pervaiz K. Ahmed (Monash University Malaysia) investigate the role played by understandings of Islamic law on shaping corporate environmental sustainability initiatives. Using a data set on "the managers of public … Continue reading Islam and Data Science Roundup
The Special Muzakarah Committee of the National Council for Malaysian Islamic Affairs announced that Covid-19 vaccines are permissible and, for some, even obligatory under Islamic law. Relatedly, Malaysia's Religious Affairs Minister Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri stated that the vaccine was permissible under Islamic law, urging Muslims to cooperate with the government in administering the vaccines.
Malaysia's Minister of Religious Affairs Datuk Seri Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri announced that the country's National Fatwā Council would soon issue its ruling concerning the permissibility of the COVID-19 vaccine from an Islamic law prespective. While Muslim religious authorities in Malaysia have previously exempted vaccines from ḥalāl labeling, concerns about the contents of the shots continue, … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
Malaysia’s Minister of Religious Affairs, Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri, stated that the country’s National Fatwā Council would study the vaccine and its permissibility at length at a conference with state muftīs, scholars, and health experts. Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of Malaysia, Ahmad Amzad Hashim, announced that about 30% of Malaysians … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
In her book review for Reading Religion (November 19, 2020) of Tamir Moustafa’s (Simon Fraser University) Constituting Religion: Islam, Liberal Rights, and the Malaysian State (Cambridge University Press, 2018), Nurfadzilah Yahaya (National University of Singapore) argues that the book showcases how Islamic law is utilized by the country’s political elites “in the service of Malay … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup
The pandemic has served as a catalyst for Gulf countries in their bid to adopt Western norms and policies, as declining oil prices, due to the pandemic, has underlined the need for attracting more foreign talent and investment. News of the Covid-19 vaccine prompted Indonesian politicians to call for a halal vaccine, given that back … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
The muftī of Pahang (Malaysia) stated that he hopes the Covid-19 vaccines currently being worked on are ḥalāl, that is, permissible under Islamic law. The Wall Street Journal reported that the coronavirus and the related drop in oil prices have forced Gulf countries to adopt more Western norms in an attempt to attract foreign talent and … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
Vice President Maruf Amin of Indonesia confirmed President Joko Widodo’s view that COVID-19 vaccines should receive a ḥalāl certification to render their use permissible under Islamic law. Harvard University's Center for African Studies will host an online lecture on November 12, 2020, titled "Legal Regulation of Faith: The Limits of Religious Freedom and the Challenge … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
Datuk Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar, current chairman of the Malaysian Central Bank’s Shariah Advisory Council, declared that it is permissible for Muslims to trade and invest in cryptocurrencies.