Ibrahim Abdo, an Australian Muslim, reported that his relatives in Gaza were wearing "their best clothes" before going to bed so that if their house is blown up they can be buried with those clothes, as the bodies of martyrs are not washed under Islamic law. The Oklahoma Muslim Women for Humanity conducted its annual … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
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
As Somalia continues to debate over what to include in its new constitution and when to hold a referendum on it, women's rights have emerged as a divisive point of discussion among the country's politicians. A former member of the Central Bank of Nigeria has urged the institution to establish a special tribunal to resolve … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
This Ramadan, because the duration of the fast varies from city to city based on dawn-to-dust time, the Russian city of Murmansk has the longest fasting time - a total of 18 hours. Standard Bank announced that it launched its first shar'īa discretionary trust offering. Legal experts from the UAE recently stated that a person … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
Muslims began fasting during the holy month of Ramadan under the shadow of the pandemic - for a second time. Commenting on the suggestion to livestream prayers, Mansour Ali, lecturer in Islamic studies at Cardiff University, noted that a majority of scholars denied the concept of "virtual congregational prayers." Ahmed Al-Mandhari, the World Health Organization’s … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
The Kerala High Court (India) recently overturned a decades-long precedent that had prohibited Muslim women from divorcing their husbands without judicial intervention. In its new decision, the Court noted that judicial intervention was warranted only in faskh cases that involved the intervention of an Islamic judge, thereby recognizing the right of Muslim women to dissolve … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
In his recent virtual remarks, King Salman of Saudi Arabia offered well wishes for Ramadan, instructing that pilgrims be given the best possible services as permitted by current coronavirus restrictions. The Turkish government issued stricter coronavirus measures for Ramadan that impose a curfew of 7 pm during weekdays and a lockdown during the weekends, subject … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
As Ramadan approaches, countries have turned to data generated by astronomers and local moon sighters to determine the exact beginning of the holy month. S&P's 2021 edition of Islamic Finance Outlook discusses financial data to asses how Islamic financial markets have performed in a year that continues to be impacted by the pandemic.
Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced in a statement that only "immunized people" will be allowed to perform the umrah (year-round pilgrimage) and the hajj (pilgrimage). Egypt announced that only designated mosques will be open during Ramadan for the additional Ramadan prayer (ṣalāt al-tarāwīḥ), not to exceed half an hour.
Saudi Arabia announced that a coronavirus vaccine would be mandatory in order to participate in this year's pilgrimage (hajj). The Muslim Council of Britain recently issued its latest coronavirus best practices, including Ramadan safety guidance. In an attempt to tighten its COVID restrictions, Turkey announced that communal means during Ramadan would be prohibited.