COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

  • As companies continue to develop vaccines against COVID-19, questions about whether these vaccines contain pork-derived ingredients continue to occupy the minds of many Muslims.
  • Salman Waqar from the British Islamic Medical Association stated that “[t]he ḥalāl aspect of it [the Pfizer vaccine] has been noted by several scholars, from Sunnī and Shī’a backgrounds in the U.K. and internationally as well.”
  • Khaled Emran, the Secretary General of Egypt’s Dar al-Iftaa, the government’s fatwā issuing institution, stated that Covid-19 vaccines are permissible according to Islamic law, even if they contain pork-derived ingredients, because those ingredients undergo chemical treatment, resulting in their cleansing or istiḥāla.
  • The UAE‘s fatwā council issued an opinion legalizing the administration of Covid-19 vaccines, opining that the vaccines are compliant with the objectives of sharī’a, particularly the protection of human life.

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