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Taking Vaccines Against Diseases. by Taamas111 (m): 5:19pm on January 11
Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

Are vaccines allowed in Islam? Some scholars
in Pakistan are inciting the people against
getting their children vaccinated for polio.
They say that according to the Shariah we
are commanded not to go to a place where
disease exists and quote evidence from the
Hadeeth "Flee from the leper as you would
flee the lion", but are not allowed to use
medicine before an ailment has occurred.
Many people accept their verdict and this is
affecting the eradication of polio from
Pakistan, as parents no longer allow the
government sent doctors to vaccinate their
children. Please give a clear verdict on this.

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the
Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that Muhammad is
His slave and Messenger.

It is permissible to take vaccinations against
diseases and that it is a kind of seeking
treatment. Going to vaccination places is not
exposing oneself to contagious diseases and
this is not contradicting the Prophetic
narration which reads: " Run away from the
leprous as you run from the lion." [Al-
Bukhari] Rather, the narration proves that
seeking protection against the disease is
legislated. Ibn Al-Qayyim said: "The Prophet
permitted seeking protection against
contagious diseases. "
Vaccinating against some diseases is seeking
protection against them, so it is permissible.

Therefore, one should not refrain from
vaccinating unless it is proven by
trustworthy doctors that a given vaccination
has more disadvantages than benefits, as in
this case it is not permissible to vaccinate
because the Prophet said: " There should be
no harm and no reciprocal harm." [Ahmad
and Ibn Maajah]
Allah Knows best.


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