Though several Muslim groups and organizations have confirmed that COVID-19 vaccine wouldn’t break fasting, Britain’s Muslim organizations are opening vaccine centers post iftar during Ramadan to allay the fear of those who think the gab would invalidate their fast.
The Muslim Council of Britain and British Islamic Medical Association have both opened the temporary vaccine centers.
Supported by the country’s National Health Service (NHS), Muslims got the jabs on Friday at a temporary clinic set up in one such center in Sutton, South London.
A second day of vaccination will be held at the center on April 30.
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“We don’t want people getting left behind just because they are worried about invalidating the fast,” Dr. Kashif Aziz from the Sutton Medical Centre told Anadolu Agency.
“This is why we set up the clinic, because there were some concerns within the community,” the doctor added.
Vaccines & Fasting
Last month, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) confirmed that receiving COVID-19 vaccine wouldn’t break fasting.
A similar opinion about vaccine and Ramadan fasting has been shared recently by different Muslim scholars and groups.
In the US, for instance, Dr. Yasir Qadhi, a prominent Muslim scholar, is quoted to have said that vaccines do not break the fast.
Also Shaikh Dr. Ahmad bin Abdul Aziz Al Haddad, Grand Mufti and Head of the Fatwa Department at the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai said people can take vaccine during Ramadan.
An earlier statement by the British Islamic Medical Association also confirmed that the vaccines do not break Ramadan fasting.
Ramadan is the 9th month of the Hijri Islamic calendar. It commemorates the first revelation of the Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad.
From dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations).