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Taking the vaccine is not against Islam. Imam Ashraf from Port Talbot Mosque said:

“The vaccines currently being used in the UK, Oxford AstraZeneca and Pfizer, are permissible from an Islamic point of view.

“I had the vaccine a few weeks ago and have had no side effects, I am feeling well. If anyone were to ask me would I recommend it, then I would recommend it widely, to the Muslim community and to everyone."


British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) has published position statements on the vaccines available in the UK, the summaries for these statements say:

  • Oxford / AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine
    "We recommend the Oxford AstraZenica Covid-19 vaccine for eligible individuals in Muslim communities."
    Read the summary statement on the BIMA website
  • Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine
    "We recommend the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for eligible at-risk individuals in Muslim communities."
    Read the summary statement on the BIMA website

Islamic Council of Wales has also stated:

"According to the information on the UK GOV website, both the Pfizer/BioNTech and the Moderna Vaccine have no ingredients which are deemed impermissible. As for the Oxford/AstraZenica vaccine, the UK GOV website states: "This medicine ontains a very small amount of alcohol (0.002g of alcohol (ethanol) per dose of 0.5ml). This is not enough to cause any noticeable effects." This is an insignificant amount which does not cause any intoxication.

"Therefore, it will be permissible to use the three vaccines which have been approved by the government.

"Please note that this statement is regarding the permissibility of using the vaccines. As for taking the vaccine, then this is a personal decision. Further advice regarding whether to take the vaccine may be sought from ones GP. Furthermore this statement is based on the information available as of 24/01/2021. Should there be any changes to the information regarding the vaccines then this statement may be reviewed."

According to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

The Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine
The MHRA can confirm that the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca does not contain any components of animal origin. Read more HERE 

Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
The MHRA can confirm that the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine does not contain any components of animal origin. Read more HERE 


The vaccine does not include any means of tracking people or having any remote influence over them in the future. This technology does not exist. 

Guidance published by the Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists and the British Fertility Society, says there is “absolutely no evidence” that covid-19 vaccines can affect the fertility of women or men.

You can read more in the BMJ (often referred to as the British Medical Journal) HERE

Dr. Amer Hamed, Cardiology Consultant, British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) Founding Member and BIMA Welsh Lead, explains why simply waiting for herd immunity to Covid-19 isn’t an option.

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