Coronavirus Tests Don’t Break Your Fast in Ramadan: Fatwa

Ramadan is just around the corner, but Muslims around the world are unsure whether or not they should get tested for the novel coronavirus during the holy month.

The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Fatwa Council has issued a clear guideline in this regard. The council has declared that Muslims should not refrain from getting tested for COVID-19 during the fasting month as it does not affect their fast.

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The council further highlighted that the health workers should use a nasal swab to collect a sample for the test.

The council has further issued a series of guidelines on Ramadan fasting during a pandemic.


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The council has declared that COVID-19 patients, symptomatic or asymptomatic, doctors and medical staff fighting on the frontline against the virus may choose not to fast during the holy month.

The Fatwa Council has also issued a helpline (8002422 or +97122052555 from outside the UAE) for any queries pertaining to Ramadan.



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