Darul Ifta Pakistan issued a fatwa (religious decree) on Monday in which vaccination against the coronavirus is legal and permitted under Sharia law. This is necessary to prevent the pandemic.
During a press conference at the office of the Muttahida Ulema Board, the Prime Minister’s Special Assistant for Religious Harmony and the Middle East, Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi, announced this Fatwa.
Ashrafi, flanked by dozens of ulema, all representing opinions, said: “This Fatwa is issued with the consent and consultation of ulema, muftis and leading religious scholars from Darul Ifta Pakistan.”
Fatwa says it is everyone’s responsibility to get vaccinated and adds that vaccination is allowed under Sharia law.
It also encourages philanthropists to come forward and help those who cannot buy it, even with zakat.
The fatwa was issued after a series of meetings chaired by Imam-i-Kaaba-Sheikh Saleh bin Hameed in Jeddah, which operates under the auspices of the OIC.
Hafiz Ashrafi also states that eminent scholars such as Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, Mufti-e-Azam from Saudi Arabia, the President of Palestine and other important Muslim leaders have been vaccinated.
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He said the delivery of vaccines to Haj and Umrah pilgrims would be assured according to instructions from the Saudi government.
He says Darul Ifta supports and supports Mufti-e-Azam Saudi Arabia’s fatwa by fasting vaccination
and according to Islamic law, vaccination does not break the fast. Ashrafi said there was no proposal to close mosques during or before Ramazan was considered.