Dar-ul-Ifta Pakistan, has declared vaccination against the novel coronavirus ‘legal’ and ‘permissible’ under the Islamic shariah, or jurisprudence.
In a joint press conference at the Muttahida Ulema Board’s office on Monday, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s aide on religious harmony, Maulana Tahir Ashrafi, announced a fatwa, or religious decree, under which getting vaccinated against coronavirus was needed to prevent the ongoing pandemic.
The fatwa, Ashrafi added, was issued with the consent and consultation of ulema, muftis, and leading religious scholars of the Dar-ul-Ifta Pakistan. It asks the country’s philanthropists to use zakat, or alms, to help provide the coronavirus vaccine to the needy.
According to the fatwa, it is every individual’s responsibility to administer vaccination against coronavirus since the Islamic law orders people to protect themselves and others from harm but refrains them from spreading rumours.
Leading religious institutions in the Islamic world — including Dar al-Ifta al-Misriyyah and Saudi Arabia’s Majma al-Fiqh al-Islami (Muslim World League) — have declared administering coronavirus vaccine as an obligation under shariah so that people could ensure their safety, as well as of others.