An Islamic Perspective on Taking the COVID-19 Vaccine
By: Imam Talha Lasania
Assalamua Alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakaatuhu!
I hope this message finds you in the best of health and prosperity inshaAllah. The following message has been written with the intention of highlighting the Islamic emphasis on being well-informed before formulating any conclusions as well as the personal, communal, and spiritual benefits of taking the COVID-19 vaccine.
In Islam, the aspect of authenticity is an integral part of the religion. The Ahkaam (legal aspects) of Shariah from the Qur’an and Sunnah have reached us through authentic sources. As Muslims, we are encouraged to have our lives guided by authorities that are verified and authentic. Rasullulah (SAW) warns against spreading false claims without verifying them first. He mentions in a Hadith; “For a person to be classified as a liar it is sufficient that he says everything he hears.” (Muslim) This Hadith commands the Ummah to verify and authenticate information before passing it on to others.
Unfortunately, with the accessibility and influence of social media, it is very easy for anyone online to make claims and spread falsehood without backing their claims with substantial evidence. The same is the case with the COVID-19 vaccines. There is a lot of misinformation and false rumors being spread online, discouraging people from taking the COVID-19 vaccines. Majority of these claims are from people who have no qualifications to speak on the matter. Most health care providers around the world, including Muslim health care providers and even Muslim scholars, have advocated that the vaccine be taken to aid in the prevention of contracting the COVID-19 virus. If you have questions or concerns about taking the COVID-19 vaccine for yourself, please contact a health care professional that you trust.
With regards to the permissibility of taking the vaccines based on the ingredients they contain, you can read this article from Dr. Mateen Khan MD, an Emergency Medicine doctor and Muslim scholar who has personally verified with the pharmaceutical companies developing the vaccines that they do not contain any haraam ingredients.
As for the personal and communal benefits, we know that by taking the halal and available COVID-19 vaccines, one can be satisfied that they are taking every reasonable precaution to not only keep themselves safe, but also their loved ones and their communities safe from potential harm. If one was to contract the COVID-19 virus, they may have to miss work, quarantine themselves, and face many other unpleasant disruptions in their already disrupted routine. Other people in direct contact with them would also have to face many disruptions in their life. Failing to take available precautions would be inconsiderate to one’s self, their family, and their community. Sayyiduna Abu Darda (RA) reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, Allah sent down the disease and the cure, and for every disease he made a cure. Seek treatment, but do not seek treatment by the unlawful.” From this Hadith, we know that if there is a halal and appropriate cure available to help alleviate or prevent any potential illnesses, they should be taken.
With the aforementioned being said, I am not a medical professional and hence I cannot speak on the medical benefits and potential consequences of taking the vaccine. For that, you should consult a health care provider you trust. However, I am linking a beneficial presentation I have heard from Dr. Mateen Khan MD (cited above) a Muslim medical doctor and Islamic scholar who explains exactly how the vaccine works as well as the benefits of taking it. He also addresses the common concerns and hesitations people may have regarding the vaccine. This is the link to the video, and the part of the presentation that discusses the vaccine starts around the 38th minute of the video.
If you have any questions regarding the Islamic perspective and/or permissibility of the vaccine, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JazakAllah Khairan for reading. May Allah swt remove this virus, and restore our lives back to normalcy and prosperity! Ameen
Imam Talha Lasania