Canadian Imams Urge Muslim Community To Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19
Canadian Imams are urging members of the Muslim community to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.
Twenty-five religious leaders issued a joint statement highlighting “overwhelming and undeniable scientific evidence” of vaccine protection while a fourth wave primarily targets unvaccinated people.
The group claims that delaying or avoiding vaccination – except under the advice of a medical expert – puts lives at risk, which goes against the teachings of Islam.
He says COVID-19 and its more contagious variants are contributing to an increase in cases and deaths, so getting the vaccine is more crucial than ever.
The Supreme Islamic Council of Canada runs its own lottery to encourage vaccination.
Any Canadian Muslim who receives both doses between August 1 and October 31 will be eligible for a draw for two pilgrimage tickets to the holy city of Mecca.
“We strongly urge unvaccinated Canadian Muslims (if any remain) to get vaccinated,” the imams said in the statement. “It will definitely help save lives.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 25, 2021.