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
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.
Iran's Guardian Council, the 12-member entity tasked with, among other things, ensuring the compatibility of legislation with Iran's Constitution, launched its English website. The UAE authorities announced a new rule that makes it mandatory for companies listed on any UAE stock exchange to have at least one woman on their board of directors. Saudi Arabia … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
In "Cell-based influenza vaccine: current production, halal status assessment, and recommendations towards Islamic-compliant manufacturing" (Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics (2020)) Nurul Nadiah Zulkarnain (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia) and others "review and recommend some alternatives appropriate for manufacturing cell-based influenza vaccine which comply with Islamic laws and consumers’ needs." "Based on 21 cases derived from media reports and face-to-face … Continue reading Islam and Data Science Roundup
The rejected plan for the Muslim call to prayer to be broadcast via loudspeakers from Peterborough's (UK) mosque will be reconsidered, after it was revealed that the city council website had published a different application on its website when it announced the rejection. 14-year-old volleyball player Najah Aqeel, who had been denied from competing in … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
The Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation's futuristic design of the new Ayodha Mosque, planned to be built on the site of the Babri Masjid that was demolished in 1992, sparked debate in the country. An amendment to Saudi Arabia's harassment law that will enable the "naming and shaming" of convicted offenders was approved by the country's cabinet.
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. Russia’s Spiritual Administration of Muslims stated in a ruling that interfaith marriages between Muslim men and non-Muslim … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
In a recent statement, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced that it would start receiving pilgrims from outside the country, as the Kingdom resumes its pilgrimage services in Mecca and Medina. The Ministry announced that during the first phase of reopening it would only admit pilgrims between the ages of 18 and 50 … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
Saudi Arabia, as part of its first phase of reopening, started to allow a maximum number of 6,000 pilgrims - for now only Saudi citizens and residents - to enter the Grand Mosque in Mecca for a maximum duration of three hours. The Middle East Studies Association convened a panel titled "Middle East Studies and … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup