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Are COVID-19 Vaccines Halal?

Breaking News – The UAE Fatwa Council has issued a fatwa allowing coronavirus vaccines to be used. (see below)

It is true that some Muslim clerics are concerned about whether or not COVID-19 vaccines are halal.

The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have very few ingredients.
The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have very few ingredients.

It is also true that there are no ingredients in any of the recently approved COVID-19 vaccines that should keep them from receiving halal certification.

Are COVID-19 Vaccines Halal?

Which ingredient might be an issue?

Some other vaccines use gelatin as a stabilizer. And the gelatin in those vaccines typically comes from pigs.

Again, the recently approved Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines do not contain gelatin.

“Transformation which means the conversion of a substance into another substance, different in characteristics, changes substances that are judicially impure or are found in an impure environment, into pure substances, and changes substances that are prohibited into lawful and permissible substances.”

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And even if some others did, many Islamic legal scholars would say that it still isn’t an issue, as “The gelatin formed as a result of the transformation of the bones, skin and tendons of a judicially impure animal is pure…”

“He went on to say that vaccine to be given to the public must obtain halal certificate from the authorized institution, in this case is MUI. “However, if the vaccines are not halal but there is no other solution than giving the vaccine, then in emergency situation, it can be given with the approval of the MUI,” he added.

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Most importantly, know that for many Muslims, considering how many people are suffering and dying from COVID-19, even non-halal vaccines would be considered permissible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The UAE Fatwa Council, under the chairmanship of Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah, has issued a ‘fatwa’ (Islamic ruling) allowing the coronavirus vaccines to be used in compliance with Islamic Sharia’s objectives on the protection of the human body and other relevant Islamic rulings.”

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And that position has been reinforced with a fatwa from the UAE Fatwa Council.

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