BARMM health official says COVID vaccine is okay for Islam

BARMM health official says COVID vaccine is okay for Islam

May 8, 2021 4 By The Sun Monitor
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COTABATO CITY – The regional health minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) dismissed as “baseless” the insinuations that COVID-19 vaccines are forbidden in Islam.

Dr. Bashary Latiph, BARMM Health Minister, urged the region’s residents to listen to experts and ignore the fallacies and misinformation proliferating in social media.

Latiph, who hails from Lanao del Sur, got his first dose of Sinovac vaccine on Thursday. Medical workers from the Integrated Provincial Health Office-Maguindanao administered the COVID jab.

The health minister reiterated his appeal to  residents to have the jab.

It is not haram, meaning Islam does not forbid it, he asserted.

“Listen only to BARMM’s Health Ministry, to the Department of Health and to health workers in provinces and in cities in the Bangsamoro region,” Latiph said, after he got the jab.

Some radical clerics identified with local terror groups operating in the region have overtly opposed the government’s anti-coronavirus vaccination campaign.

Even Sheik Abu Huraira Udasan of the Darul Iftah (House of Opinions) said there is nothing wrong with the vaccine.

He had repeatedly announced via mainstream media that it is alright for Muslims to get the jab.

He said vaccines are “halal,” something that Islam does not forbid. Halal, an Arabic word, means lawful.

Huraira had earlier said preservation in Islam is paramount, a duty of every Muslim.

The Darul Iftah is a bloc of Islamic theologians, among them graduates of religious schools in the Middle East and North Africa. These Islamic theologians help BARMM’s chief minister, Hadji Ahod Ebrahim, in managing the Bangsamoro regional government in an advisory capacity.

Employees of IPHO-Maguindanao, led by physician Elizabeth Samama, are in the forefront of BARMM’s war versus COVID-19.

PHOTO: The Bangsamoro regional government aims to have all physically-fit constituents vaccinated against COVID-19.

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