The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa takes note of the current measles outbreak in Gauteng, and understands the potential harm to the general population through the spread of measles.
Ibn Abbas radhiyallahu anhu narrated that the Nabi Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam said: ‘There should be neither harming, nor reciprocating harm.” [Ahmad]
The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa therefore supports the use of vaccines to prevent the spread of this virus and to minimise the harm it can cause. As Muslims, we are duty bound to protect ourselves and the communities around us from harm, and vaccination is one method of preventing the spread of the virus.
In the Light of this, we recommend:
1. Discuss the vaccination with your doctor or with a healthcare worker.
2. Choose such vaccines that are free of any Haraam (impermissible) ingredients.
3. In the event of such a vaccine being not available or financially unbearable, there would be Leeway to use vaccines that contain Haraam (impermissible) ingredients.
4. Always place your trust in Allah Almighty and make du’aa for protection from all forms of illness and harm.