In the north of England, Qari Asim, imam of the Leeds mosque leading the National Advisory Council of Mosques and Imams (MINAB), assured that anti-Covid-19 vaccines are “halal”. Information disseminated by a hundred mosques, especially during Friday prayers.
Being one of the countries most affected by the virus with nearly 95,000 deaths, the United Kingdom is counting on the vaccine to eradicate the scourge and get out of the current containment. Nevertheless, an assessment of the scientific committee advising the government, highlighted a great suspicion both among minorities and the white population. Thus, among the most incredulous, 72% are blacks, from Pakistan or Bangladesh. In addition, nearly 2.8 million Muslims in the UK doubt the vaccine’s content of porcine gelatin or alcohol, which is prohibited by Islam.
To better convince the populations, Nighat Arif, a general practitioner based in Chescham, near London, disseminated the image of her vaccination in her hijab on social networks. Same reaction from Samara Afzal, doctor in Dudley, in the West Midlands, and Imam Nuru Mohammed, Imam of the Birmingham Mosque.
Even though around 5 million people, especially the elderly and caregivers have already received the first dose of the vaccine in the UK, “there is a lot of work going on to translate information and make sure it is reaching the populations that need it. count, ”Dr. Harpreet Sood, who is leading this campaign against misinformation for the NHS, told the BBC, having set up a vaccination center in the Birmingham mosque. Moreover, “in this pandemic, no one should play the scapegoat,” said Imam Qari Asim.