Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri says in a recent video sermon that a series of conspiracy theories circulating on social media is leading to COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Muslim populations, which goes against the tenets of Islam.
“Saving lives is an act of worship. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Muslims around the world were among those in the forefront”, he says.
Canadian-based Shaykh Tahir-ul-Qadri seeks to reassure his three million followers on social media, in an effort to counter the spread of fake news about the COVID-19 vaccines. “They put their maximum efforts into saving lives, providing people with food and every kind of necessary support. In the same way, they should come forward now.”
Some experts from his address are as follows:
“Some people are saying that there is alcohol in it, or pork or other things forbidden (in Islam). Some say these vaccines may affect certain parts of the brain. What can I say? These are totally baseless claims.”
“This is a matter of medicinal development, of life, and it is just the same as when we take paracetamol, antibiotics, or aspirins despite their side effects.
“Believing in the medical process is one of the basic teachings of Islam. Islam and the teachings of the Koran the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, is focused on reason, intelligence, scientific research, and intellectual development.”