Renowned Scholars Announce Whether Vaccination is Allowed During Fasting

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With the start of the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world are

questioning whether it is permitted to receive the COVID-19 vaccine while

keeping the fast. Coronavirus vaccination operations to fight the pandemic

are well undertaken in many countries including Muslim states. The uncertainty

surrounding the issue has forced Muslims to postpone getting the COVID-19

during the daytime till the end of Ramadan. However, Islamic scholars around

the world have ordered that COVID-19 vaccination while celebrating the fast

will not invalidate one’s fast. They are disseminating the ruling through face-

to-face discussions and social networking programs that it is permissible to

be vaccinated for the Coronavirus during daily fasting.

Here’s what top Islamic scholars have ruled concerning COVID-19 vaccination

and fasting. Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Sheikh, who also

oversees the kingdom’s Council of Senior Religious Scholars and its sub-

committee, the Permanent Committee for Islamic Research and Issuing Fatwas,

has said: The COVID-19 vaccine does not invalidate the fast of a fasting person

because its not observed as food and drink. The vaccine administered

intramuscularly, so it does not invalidate the fast. Grand Mufti of Dubai, Shaikh

Dr. Ahmad bin Abdul Aziz Al Haddad, who also heads the Fatwa Department of

the Dubai’s Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department, has said: The

COVID-19 vaccine does not break any fast because it is taken intramuscularly,

so its permitted for the fasting person to take the vaccine. Grand Mufti of

Lebanon, Sheikh Abdul-Latif Derian, has said: The COVID-19 vaccine will not nullify

the fast because it has no nutritional value and injected into the muscle.

Directorate of Religious Affairs of Turkey has ruled that: There is no nutritious vitamin

or food item in any vaccine, including the COVID-19 vaccine. Injecting such a thing

into the form does not break the fast. In a joint statement, the Islamic Society of

North America and British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) stated: Receiving the

COVID-19 vaccines does not invalidate the fast during Ramadan as per the opinion

of the majority of Islamic scholars.


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