Muslims believe that health is a blessing from Allah that they should preserve and be grateful for.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) instructed Muslims to seek medical treatments: “Make use of medical treatment, for Allah has not made a disease without appointing a remedy for it.” (Abu Dawud)
Birmingham’s landmark Green Lane Masjid and Community Center has issued a new statement to clear skepticism surrounding COVID vaccine and urge Muslims to seek medical advice.
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“As a leading UK mosque, we urge the Muslim community to follow the advice of medical experts and professionals as we continue to fight this virus,” GLMCC Executive Editor Nusaybah Naeem said, Birmingham Mail reported.
“As Muslims, it is part of our faith to make fact-based decisions based on the guidance we are given by leading experts. We remind our community of the sanctity of human life, and the responsibility we hold to act in a way that is safe, sensible and protective to society as a whole.”
The statement follows a recent spike in the number of people who tested positive for COVID-19.
“In the last 24 hours over 22,000 people have tested positive for Covid-19, over 600 people have died and over 3500 people have been admitted into hospital due to the virus in the UK,” the statement read.
“The situation is dire, and the NHS is cracking under pressure. Doctors nationwide are emphasizing the life-threatening nature of the new strains of the virus, and strongly urge individuals to take all government and medical guidance seriously.
“As a masjid, we hold a position of responsibility when it comes to providing our community with sound Islamic guidance.
“We have witnessed the brutality of this virus in the number of Covid-19 funerals we managed over the first lockdown last year, and now worry as we witness the number of funerals begin to increase once again.
“We remain in close contact with key medical professionals, public health officials and other mosques on a weekly basis to monitor the situation and provide guidance to our community.
The statement continued: “We are not in a position to instruct individuals on personal decisions they choose to make in relation to their health.
“However, it is our duty to ensure that our community are acting in a way that is mature, responsible and in line with the teachings of the Salaf (our rightly guided predecessors).”