Scholars of Mauritania Issue Fatwa Against Forced Vaccinations-Translated by Dr. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali
More countries and governments, including Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, are taking drastic steps to force and compel people to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Do Muslims have any recourse in Islamic law to oppose forced vaccinations?
A qualified team of Muslim scholars from Mauritania teamed up to provide a compelling argument against forced vaccinations. This fatwa has been translated with additional explanatory notes by Dr. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali, the Founding Director of the Lamppost Education Initiative and an Associate Professor of Islamic Law at Zaytuna College.
Special Note: The translation of this fatwa is not intended to oppose or discourage anyone from taking the COVID-19 vaccination. The Lamppost Education Initiative does not endorse nor oppose COVID-19 vaccinations.
Do you need a written religious exemption from the vaccine for your work. Please click below for First Liberty’s “Religious Liberty Protection Kit”. This document contains a written exemption by Dr. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali. Go to page 20 of this document for the Religious Exemption Request for Muslims. This document along with the translated fatwa are helpful tools for anyone seeking religious exemption from mandates forcing vaccination in your work or travel.
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Dr. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali
He holds a Ph.D. in Cultural and Historical Studies in Religion (2016) and an M.A. in Ethics and Social Theory (2012) from the Graduate Theological Union. He obtained his B.A. (ijaza ‘ulya) in Islamic Law (Shariah) from the prestigious Al-Qarawiyin University of Fes, Morocco in 2001. He served as full time Islamic chaplain at the State Correctional Institute of Chester, PA from 2002-2007, and is the founding director of the Lamppost Education Initiative. He currently serves as an Associate Professor of Islamic law and Prophetic Tradition at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California. His research interests include the interconnection between law and identity formation, comparative Islamic law, and Islam’s role in the modern world.
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