The National Muslim Task Force on Covid-19 (NMTF) and the National Black Muslim Covid Coalition (NBMCC) have urged Muslims around the world to embrace and continue vaccinations through the holy month of Ramadan.
A lot of Muslims and Muslim groups across the globe have raised concerns about the Covid-19 vaccine. Especially when authorities have not opened up whether the vaccines were Halal or Haram.
In reaction to the controversies, the Fiqh Council of North America together with the Assembly of Muslim Jurist of America and other notable Muslim Scholars have announced the vaccines were indeed halal and will not invalidate ones fast. ‘the three available vaccines, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna- are halal and will not break your fast’ the joint statement confirmed.
The statement noted again that the Pfizer/BioNtech and Moderna vaccines did not contain pork neither did it contain alcohol and were not made using aborted fetal stem cells. Johnson & Johnson vaccine, however, has been found to use cell lines from aborted fetal stem cells but scores of Islamic leaders have permitted its use ‘given the societal and individual health needs to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus’
Sharing his thought on the issue, Dr. Hassan Sanawani, the President of the American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP), prayed all Muslims not to delay their vaccinations even if they believed it will break their fast. He said ‘if you still feel the vaccine will invalidate you fast still get the vaccine and then make up that lost day after Ramadan’
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