KOTA BAHARU – Islam allows the use of vaccine although it contain haram substances (forbidden in Islam) when there is no other medicine available.
Kelantan Mufti Datuk Mohamad Shukri Mohamad said Islam stresses on the wellbeing of its followers in terms of faith, life, mind, lineage and wealth, as such the vaccine injection is permissible in Islam.
“This vaccine is required in Islam as it a part of ‘al-Wiqoyah’, namely a method of healthcare in Islam,” he said.
He told this to Bernama after opening a Fatwa Education Dialogue programme that was also attended by the Fatwa Management Division, Department of Islamic Development director Mazlan Abdullah, at Kota Darul Naim Complex, here Monday.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam reportedly said the outbreak of measles and rashes has increased following an anti-vaccine movement that rejected vaccine injection for fear it contained pig DNA.
Mohamad Shukri said although there were claims the injected vaccine contained prohibited substances, it is allowed if the government has no other choice.
“If the claims are true and the government has no other choice, then the vaccine injection is permissible in Islam, and is considered an emergency.
“I advise Muslims to take this injection for our immunity. We have been taking it for some time and should not pose a problem,” he said.