I want to know the guidance on the COVID-19 vaccination. There are some vaccinations which consist of non-permissible ingredients, especially the cell lining taken from the human fetus. So, what is the guidance on taking the vaccination provided the fact that a person does not have a choice to select a vaccination because I think they administer whichever vaccine is present at the time of one's appointment. Please guide which vaccine is fine for Muslims and which isn't so that we can select the right one if given the choice. Also, please guide if there is no choice and if somehow one is presented with a non-permissible vaccine then one takes it or opts out of vaccine?
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
As of March 19, 2021, there are three available vaccines in North America—Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson/Janssen. All the afore-mentioned vaccines are permissible to use for Muslims living in North America.
It is prohibited to derive benefit from any portion of a human being because Allah (SWT) has honored the children of Adam (A.S.). People are mainly concerned with the J&J vaccine because it was manufactured using fetal cells. Nevertheless, the vaccine itself does not contain any fetal cells on account of the vaccine going through extensive processing. As a result, no trace of the fetal cells remains.
Biochemists play a significant role in the development of vaccines. I personally spoke with one regarding this matter, and he confirmed that there are no fetal cells in the J&J vaccine. In addition, I have attached an email from J&J regarding the ingredients of the vaccine.
Fatawa Hindiya: v. 1, p. 50 (DKI); Raddul Muhtar: v. 4, p. 397 (Maktaba Imdadia)
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Written by Maulana Mohammad Ahsan Osmani
Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham