Muslim cleric declares jihad in response to polio vaccination campaign

Cleric says polio vaccination ‘un-islamic, warns of jihad against docs

A cleric in Pakistan’s Punjab province has warned that a jihad would be launched against polio vaccination teams at a time when the World Health Organisation has expressed concern at the emergence of new cases of the disease across the country.

Maulvi Ibrahim Chisti of Muzaffargarh district declared the anti-polio campaign as “un-Islamic” and announced at the local mosque that jihad (holy war) should be carried out against the polio vaccination team.

He warned that if the vaccination team forced anyone to participate in the campaign, then jihad was “the only option”.

As a result, the polio team returned to Muzaffargarh city without carrying out any immunisation and reported the matter to senior officials.

Tip: 21st Floor

It’s disturbing that the cleric would not only be against polio vaccination but is willing to kill people in order to prevent people from getting them. Behind the backlash is a conspiracy idea that the vaccines are not what they are said to be but a way to make people impotent.

Calling it un-Islamic and poison is disheartening considering that historically, the Muslim world were once in the forefront of many sciences, including medicine during their Golden Age. The turn backwards is sad.

  5 comments for “Muslim cleric declares jihad in response to polio vaccination campaign

  1. Divi Augusti
    June 13, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Just posting thia here as reference:

    Why the CIA’a Vaccine Ruse Is a Setback for Global Health

  2. nullius in verba
    June 13, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    This kind of behavior goes to show that these people are far from rational, in any definition, and need to be treated as dangerous and unstable. When any society allows that much control through their religion and religious leaders, that creates a very dangerous situation, as is exhibited on a regular basis in muslim societies.

  3. John
    June 13, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    This is offensive (to common civility, most of all), and hypocritical. Have you ever been to Kansas?

  4. June 13, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Phil Plait linked to that article about the potential reasons behind the vaccination mistrust. Thanks for posting it.

    Indeed, that was an incredibly STUPID thing for the CIA to do. They have created collateral damage and a monster.

  5. June 13, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Or seen the state of the state of Louisiana? However, the idea of vaccines being dangerous is also seen in the U.S. We have our extremists on this position as well.

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