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Muslim communities across Preston reminded that Covid vaccination is halal

Posted on - 16th February, 2021 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Health, Politics, Preston News
Qari Asim, one of the UK’s leading Imams

Muslim communities across Preston are being urged to take up the offer of the Covid-19 vaccination.

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Qari Asim MBE, one of the UK’s leading Imams and trustee of the Light Foundation, has been helping to dispel any myths regarding the vaccine, encouraging Muslim communities to get vaccinated.

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He said: “At the Light Foundation, we are promoting the take up of the vaccine. Like all faith leaders, I want to stress that taking the vaccine is a vital part of the solution to break the cycles of lockdown to be with our loved ones again.

“There is no religious reason for you not to take the vaccine. The covid vaccines administered in the UK are halal, permissible from Islamic perspective, and there should be no hesitation in taking them from a moral perspective.

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“MINAB is advocating this position through its proactive endeavour for the BAME communities to be vaccinated, as BAME communities are at very high risk of being infected by this lethal virus.  

“My message to Muslim communities is to make an informed choice and take up the offer when their turn for being vaccinated comes. Don’t miss the opportunity by believing in ‘fake news’ about the vaccines.

“It is our ethical duty to protect ourselves and others from potential harm. By taking the vaccine, we are protecting ourselves and others from being infected by this deadly virus that is sweeping through our country and potentially saving lives.

“It is really important that we all contribute to the effort to fight this cruel pandemic that has impacted every single one of us.’By having the vaccine when you are invited, you will be playing your part in protecting lives. 

“Equally, if you can volunteer at any of the vaccination sites, please do take up the opportunity; by volunteering, you will be helping the NHS and your community.

“At Light Foundation we have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic to raise the awareness and importance of the vaccine, such as recently organising an online webinar with faith and medical experts to ensure that people feel safe and comfortable.”

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