As the coronavirus sweeps across the world, many questions have been raised on whether Muslims would be able to fast the holy month of Ramadan or not in the COVID-19 era.
Asked about the issue, Al-Azhar Fatwa Global Center said in an online fatwa that it is not permissible for a Muslim to break his fasting unless doctors decide, and it is scientifically proven, that fasting would make him vulnerable to infection and death by the coronavirus.
But the fatwa has also made it clear that medical experts have not decided yet on the issue. So, there’s no need now to cause such panic or stress.
Human life is sacred and a gift from Allah, the Creator.
Islam urges the preservation of human life and soul by all means. It also puts higher emphasis on preventing mischief, which at times, juristically speaking, is placed above procuring benefits.
The fatwa came after a rumor was spreading that drinking water regularly and keeping the mouth moist could protect people from the coronavirus.
After the idea widely circulated on social media, the French government quickly issued a statement nullifying such belief.
Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. It is expected to start on the night of April 23.
In Ramadan, adult Muslims, save the sick and those traveling, abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex between dawn to dusk.
Muslims dedicate their time during the holy month to be closer to Allah through prayers, self-restraint, and good deeds.