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Attacking of polio workers was declared as an attack on humanity.— File Photo
Attacking of polio workers was declared as an attack on humanity.— File Photo

LAHORE:The Sunni Ittehad Council issued a fatwa (decree) on Wednesday in favour of anti-polio campaigns and said that the vaccination drops were not a Haraam (forbidden) substance.

The fatwa also deplored attacks on anti-polio workers and said that as far as religion and Shariah were concerned there was no harm in the administration of polio drops.

Muftis and ulemas (clerics) belonging to the sunni sect gathered on an appeal by the chief of the SIC, Sahibzada Hamid Raza and SIC General Secretary Haji Muhammad Hanif Tayyab, to issue a collective fatwa in favor of polio immunisation after conducting research and verifying facts over the issue.

The edict also said that not only were polio drops safe but it was the duty of every parent to administer polio drops to their children.

It added that hindering anti-polio campaigns was one of the worst sins. Attacking of polio workers was declared as an attack on humanity.

Moreover the decree added that some people wrongly use the name of religion while propagating false information regarding polio drops which was a deplorable act.

The fatwa clarified that polio drop never caused any handicap but in-fact prevented it from occurring.


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Ali Vaqar Awan Jul 03, 2013 10:24pm

Nice step taken by Sunni Itehad Council to issue fatwa in favour of polio drops. Its human right of children to recieve polio drops so they do not face disablitiy problem later on. Even in Islam giving polio drops is not forbidden. Shame on those who prevent children from having polio drops. Attack against polio workers is equal to attack against humanity. Wish Sunni Ittehad Council can also issue fatwa against extremism and terrorism too as they are the problems effecting our nation.

BRR Jul 03, 2013 10:49pm

Looks like anyone can produce a fatwa on anything from a hat. It is time people stopped issuing any fatwa, and started living a normal life with freedom and tolerance. Fatwa one way or the other is coercive, and essentially is a force against someone else. It can cut both ways. Please stop all these hundreds of fatwas spit out every year. Use reason and commonsense instead.

SK Jul 03, 2013 10:59pm

This took long time coming but should nevertheless be encouraged for the braveness and courage it shows against. It is obvious that the brutality and savagery of the taliban have turned off even its worst detractors. The taliban are for the first time rightly identified by a religious group as what they really are i.e. the khariji fitna. This fitna should be crushed the same way that it was in the early days of Islam. The tipping scale finally appears to have been reached within the religious community.

Parvez Jul 03, 2013 11:53pm

Excellent news........well done. Credit needs to be given where it is deserved and it is well deserved here.

MM Jul 04, 2013 05:33am

What any religion has to do with medical cure?