Egypt’s Dar al-Iftaa debates pig derivatives within the COVID-19 vaccine

Khaled Emran, the secretary-general for fatwa in Dar al-Iftaa, Egypt, the government’s main Islamic legal institution for issuing fatwas (religious opinions), gave the institution permission for Muslims to use COVID-19 vaccines, even if they did Formula of a vaccine containing pig derivatives.

Emran’s testimony came in an interview on the al-Mehwar satellite channel Monday while commenting on reports that some coronavirus vaccines allegedly contain pig derivatives and obtaining them may be contrary to Sharia law (Islamic law).

“The world wants to get out of the problem. Dar al-Iftaa has long said that derivatives of pigs can undergo chemical treatments and receive what is called istihala in Islamic jurisprudence, ”he said.

According to the Egyptian Dar al-Iftaa, Istihala means the chemical conversion of the properties of a substance, which leads to the elimination of its impure nature.

Emran added that the majority of Hanafi and Maliki scholars as well as Imam Ahmed in one of his views proclaimed that Istihala makes any impure substance pure.

He went on to explain: “The identity and chemical composition of the product are transformed into a different state, and therefore there is no judgment on the contamination that it once was. This matter has helped resolve many problems in the past, especially with many pharmaceuticals. “

Pork has been considered unclean by many religions, and eating pork is prohibited in Islam.

Despite the global launch of several coronavirus vaccines, some leaders from predominantly Muslim countries are reluctant to board immediately, citing concerns that the vaccines may not be certified as halal or allowed under Islamic law.

Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca spokesmen have stated that pork products are not part of their COVID-19 vaccines.

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