Last Wednesday, Indonesia's president, Joko Widodo, received an injection of the Chinese-made coronavirus vaccine. Johor (Malaysian state) ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar imposed new restrictions under the Movement Control Order. The Order, among other things, limits daily and Fridays prayers to a congregation of twelve people at most.
The Indonesian Ulema Council, the country's highest Islamic authority, announced that China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines are permissible under Islamic law.
President of the Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind and Principal of Darul Uloom Deoband, Arshad Madani, among the leading Islamic scholars in India, stated that the COVID-19 vaccine is permissible under Islamic law. Raza Academy in India, an organization of Sufi Muslims, wrote to the World Health Organization, requesting information about the contents of the various vaccines against … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
The Special Muzakarah Committee of the National Council for Malaysian Islamic Affairs announced that Covid-19 vaccines are permissible and, for some, even obligatory under Islamic law. Relatedly, Malaysia's Religious Affairs Minister Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri stated that the vaccine was permissible under Islamic law, urging Muslims to cooperate with the government in administering the vaccines.
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 … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
Rida Hesti Ratnassari, an Indonesian scholar, documented in a journal article that the country's handling of the pandemic has not been fully compliant with maqāsid al-sharī'a, the main objectives of Islamic law. Volunteer Muslims in Myanmar have been helping the Muslim community so that they can burry their deceased relatives in accordance with Islamic law, … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
Malaysia's Minister of Religious Affairs Datuk Seri Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri announced that the country's National Fatwā Council would soon issue its ruling concerning the permissibility of the COVID-19 vaccine from an Islamic law prespective. While Muslim religious authorities in Malaysia have previously exempted vaccines from ḥalāl labeling, concerns about the contents of the shots continue, … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
Malaysia’s Minister of Religious Affairs, Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri, stated that the country’s National Fatwā Council would study the vaccine and its permissibility at length at a conference with state muftīs, scholars, and health experts. Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of Malaysia, Ahmad Amzad Hashim, announced that about 30% of Malaysians … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
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. News of the Covid-19 vaccine prompted Indonesian politicians to call for a halal vaccine, given that back … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
The muftī of Pahang (Malaysia) stated that he hopes the Covid-19 vaccines currently being worked on are ḥalāl, that is, permissible under Islamic law. The Wall Street Journal reported that the coronavirus and the related drop in oil prices have forced Gulf countries to adopt more Western norms in an attempt to attract foreign talent and … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup