A Decision on Emergency Vaccine Use
Officials of the Indonesia Ulama Council (MUI) were not unanimous in their religious fatwa (ruling) on the permissibility of the measles-rubella vaccine. Some of them did not agree that the injection be allowed.
A hearing of the MUI’s Fatwa Commission held on the third Monday of last August was not going smoothly. Some of its participants questioned the side effects of the measles-rubella (MR) vaccine. They were there to decide if the injection was allowable on religious grounds according to juristic reasoning.
Vice Secretary of MUI’s Fatwa Commission, Abdurrahman Dahlan, for instance, was concerned that the vaccine could result in some deat...