COVID is deadly
It should not be forgotten that COVID is a deadly and highly contagious virus, which has already taken the lives of many in the community and caused significant economic harm to people’s livelihoods. Dealing with this is imperative from a moral and material point of view.

What’s the current situation in Australia?
Out of 37M tests, there were 97,500 cases and 1,231 deaths. In the last 24 hours, 1045 cases of COVID was found, 19944 active cases and 1493 are currently hospitalised. Visit health.gov.au for regular updates

I’m Scared. What do I do?
In our age of social media, a huge amount of lies and misinformation are spread for reasons of profit or to deliberately harm social cohesion. Both muslim doctors, and muslims in general, are required by our religion to verify important information and assess the reliability of sources of knowledge. We must trust in the recommendations of experts who also have a reputation for telling the truth, and avoid the opinions of non-experts or those whose character cannot be verified.

What’s in the Pfizer vaccine?
There’s nothing to be worried about. The vaccine contains Oil, Sugar, Water, Salt and mRNA. That doesn’t sound scary, does it? Wait, but what is mRNA?! This is the active ingredient. The only active ingredient, actually. This is where a code for part of the genetic material for the virus is stored. The mRNA will assist in teaching your own body how to develop an immune response to the COVID19 virus. But rest assured, it’s not a live part of the virus. It’s more like a set of instructions. That’s it! There’s nothing else that is scary, haram or harmful.

Is the Vaccine Safe?
Vaccines are among the most utilised medications in the world, ranking alongside tablets like Paracetamol. This is because so many people have taken them that any problems would have become apparent long ago.

What does Islam say about this?

One of the highest objectives of Islamic law is to preserve and protect human life. We consider every human life a precious creation of God Almighty. Saving lives is an act of worship.

Muslims have done preventive medicine throughout history, and Muslims are among the first people to believe in the idea of vaccination. But the idea of preventing harm comes from the Prophet Muhammad (s) who said, if there’s any contagious disease in a city, you should not enter that city or leave it. If you contract that sickness, you should not go on to spread it. This is the theological foundation for vaccination.

Medication is a religious issue and concern, as mentioned by the Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him) “Make use of medical treatment, for Allah has not made a disease without appointing a remedy for it.” [Sunan Abi Dawud 3855]

Abu Darda reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, Allah sent down the disease and the cure, and for every disease he made a cure. Seek treatment, but do not seek treatment by the unlawful.” Source: Sunan Abī Dāwūd 3874 Grade: Sahih li ghayrihi (authentic due to external evidence).

Usamah ibn Sharik reported: A bedouin said, “O Messenger of Allah, shall we not seek treatment?” The Prophet said, “Yes, O servants of Allah, seek treatment. Verily, Allah did not place a disease but that he also placed its treatment or cure, except for one ailment.” They said, “O Messenger of Allah, what is it?” The Prophet said, “Old age.” Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2038, Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Tirmidhi

Is the vaccine halal?
“Based on what was conveyed by the trusted Muslim doctors and medical experts, the vaccine for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is permissible according to the Islamic law as there is no known religious harm attributed to being vaccinated nor does it contain any forbidden substances. The vaccine will be considered necessary if there is any possible risk of harm to other humans due to non-vaccination. There is a religious obligation to preserve human life that has been honoured by Allah the Almighty. And Allah Knows better.” – Australian National Imams Council

Do the vaccines contain any haram products or foetal cells?
None of the currently available vaccines contain gelatine or any animal products. This has been independently verified by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. No vaccine contains foetal cells – this is simply an incorrect statement. Most vaccines need to be carried into the body using a harmless virus. These carrier viruses for vaccines need to grow in cells – whether animal or human: this is part of the process of their production. However, a cell is hundreds of times the size of a virus, so it is impossible for a cell to be in a virus. In the final production of the vaccine, there are no cells of any kind remaining.

Do the COVID-19 vaccines contain aborted fetal cells? Why is this a rumour?
No, the COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any aborted fetal cells. However, fetal cell lines – cells grown in a laboratory based on aborted fetal cells collected generations ago – were used in testing during research and development of the mRNA vaccines, and during production of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Does Astrazenica cause blood clots?
There has been a link established between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a very rare but serious side effect called thrombosis in combination with thrombocytopenia. Experts actively monitor cases of this syndrome. They have considered the risk of this rare side effect against the benefits of vaccination for different age groups. They have noticed higher rates of this rare condition in people aged 50-59 years and recommend the Comirnaty (Pfizer) vaccine as the preferred vaccine for people under the age of 60.

Does the vaccine cause infertility? !!!
The theory that COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility is based on the disproven idea that one of the spike proteins in COVID-19 and the Syncytin-1 protein (which help placenta development) are the same. They are not. There is currently no evidence that antibodies formed from COVID-19 vaccination cause any problems with pregnancy, including the development of the placenta. In addition, there is no evidence suggesting that fertility problems are a side effect of ANY vaccine.

Can the vaccine change my DNA or allow tracking?
The idea of introducing genetic material to the body might sound strange, but it is a fact of human life that we are exposed to RNA and DNA from foreign bodies all the time – viruses, other pathogens and even the food we eat. Neither vaccine type appears to affect the DNA inside our cells, nor have any vaccines (which have been around for decades) been shown to affect human DNA.

Do I have a responsibility to others to take the vaccine? 

The more people who are vaccinated, the better control we will have over the epidemic. This way, we take good care of each other and of people who are at a higher risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19.

Are their Side effects to the vaccine?

All vaccines cause side effects, including the vaccines against COVID-19. They generally cause mild and moderate discomfort which gets better or disappears after a few days. The most common side effects include:

  • Pain and swelling where you were given the jab
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Chills
  • Light fever

Why did the vaccine get made so quickly?
The COVID19 vaccines, of course, have been produced in record time (months rather than years). Because of this, it is understandable that there is concern about their safety. However, there are a number of reasons for this which have nothing to do with ‘cutting corners’. These include unprecedented funding due to the severity of the pandemic, technological advances (e.g. in genetic sequencing of the virus and repurposing of existing vaccines), and the cutting of bureaucracy and politics which has allowed international collaboration to start and run trials more efficiently.

What’s the difference between Pfizer and Astrazenica?
The Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines each work in different ways. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine uses mRNA technology, while the AstraZeneca vaccine uses an adenovirus vector.

Can I catch COVID even after vaccination? 
“Yes, you can still catch COVID-19, but your chances of getting infected is lower regardless of which vaccine you’ve received. In a large outbreak, vaccinated individuals can still catch COVID-19, but you’re most likely to experience only mild symptoms. The vaccine does reduce a person’s chances of being hospitalized, which health experts say is the most important thing.”

Do all medical professionals share the same opinion about the vaccine? 
Vaccines have prevented over ten million deaths since the 1960’s alone, and are among the safest of all medications ever produced. Most doctors are not specialists in vaccines, and take their medical information from trusted experts and evidence in the medical literature to decide whether a new medication has benefits which outweigh its possible risks. In the context of COVID-19 vaccinations, medical experts in virology and vaccines, and who are involved in COVID-19 research, have clearly stated that the benefits of these vaccinations far outweigh their risks.

Why do some doctors go against the vaccine?
It is important to note that the small number of medical professionals who have expressed anti-vaccine sentiments are neither experts in vaccination nor involved in COVID-19 research, and often express belief in conspiracy theories or opinions which cannot be verified.

Are people taking the vaccine?
In Australia, 10.5M people, 41.5% of the population are fully vaccinated, 26.4M doses are given. Many have taken the first dose and now are set to take the second dose. Soon everyone will be vaccinated, so get onto it.

What are the benefits of the vaccine? 
“protecting yourself against severe illness and death from COVID-19. preventing complications such as ‘long COVID’ protecting people who can’t be vaccinated due to medical conditions. protecting children while research continues to test the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in people under the age of 12.”
What do I get out of being vaccinated?
You can attend small events in person
You can travel
You can reconnect with loved ones and coworkers
You could see immediate health benefits

What are the Government Restrictions?
“Australia’s borders are currently closed and entry to Australia remains strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Travel to Australia is only available if you are exempt or you have been granted an individual exemption. Travel restrictions are subject to change in response to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19. You can stay informed with the latest updates by checking this page regularly. If you are transiting through Australia further information can be found on the Transiting Australia webpage.”

What are the Lockdown Rules?
You must stay home and only leave for a reasonable excuse: getting food, essential work, getting medical care, emergencies, to escape harm, are a few reasons.
Exercise – If you live in Greater Sydney you can leave your home to engage in exercise or outdoor recreation within your local government area or within 5km of your home.
If you are fully vaccinated, you can attend an outdoor gathering in a public space of up to 5 people for exercise or outdoor recreation so long as all those at the gathering aged 16 years or over are fully vaccinated:
“You must have proof of your vaccination with you at all times. You must show a Police Officer your proof of vaccination if its requested.  Fully vaccinated means you have had 2 doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccination or have a medical contraindication certificate issued to you.  The 5 person limit on these gatherings does not include children aged 12 or under. You are not prevented from attending more than one such gathering in a day. ”
If you are not fully vaccinated:
You can attend an outdoor gathering in a public space with 1 other person that you do not live with, or your nominated visitor (“singles bubble”), for exercise or outdoor recreation.
If you live with more than 2 other people, you can all exercise and engage in outdoor recreation together.
There are many other rules, please read them at ww.nsw.gov.au