Egypt's fatwā authority, Dar Al-Ifta, issued a new edition of Insight magazine that it publishes in English, which discusses women's rights in Islam. In "What is and isnt' Shariah?," Ekrem Bugra Ekinci (Daily Sabah) states that sharī'a is ultimately an effort by scholars to identify and interpret divine rules, which allows for greater flexibility. UN … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
Al Sudais, the President of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques in Saudi Arabia, appointed two women, Dr. Fatima Al Rushood and Dr. Al Anoud Al Aboud, as his assistants, marking a first in the history of the administration of the Muslim holy sites. The Council of Islamic Ideology (Pakistan) … 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.
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.
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
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
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
Saudi Arabia announced its intention to roll out judicial reforms aimed at codifying the country's fundamental laws. A city council in Peterborough (UK) rejected an application to broadcast the call to prayer three times a day via loudspeakers, holding that it would constitute "an unwelcome intrusion on the soundscape." Archaeologists discovered a Muslim necropolis in … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup