Hajj – the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca – has begun, but under dramatically different circumstances due to the coronavirus outbreak. One of the five pillars of Islam, the Hajj is required for all Muslims who are physically or financially capable of undertaking it at least once in their lifetime and is usually one of the world’s largest religious gatherings.
In a huge step for Muslim women’s rights, on Tuesday, the Supreme Court in India officially banned “instant divorce.” In India, Muslim men who wanted to end their marriages could do so by saying “talaq”, the Arabic word for divorce, three times whether it be in person, by letter or on the phone. Men who did this often left their wives without any financial support or alimony. Muslim women in India now do not have to live with the constant threat of instant divorce as they had for centuries.