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The Rules of Fasting During Ramadan Have Changed Due to Coronavirus

The Rules of Fasting During Ramadan Have Changed Due to Coronavirus - Coming Soon in UAE
20 April 2020

With the approach of the holy month of Ramadan, the UAE Council for Fatwa issued some clarifications regarding fasting and prayers during a crisis situation.

According to these explanations, Muslims with an officially confirmed diagnosis of coronavirus COVID-19 or experiencing its symptoms may not observe fasting this year. This recommendation was issued due to the fact that abstinence from food can adversely affect the health status of patients.

In addition, fasting is not mandatory for health workers on the days when they are at work. Difficult working conditions on the first line of the fight against coronavirus require medical personnel to properly prioritize and care primarily about their ability to do their job and save the lives of patients.

These issues were discussed at a virtual meeting held by the UAE Council for Fatwa in connection with the approaching beginning of the holy month of Ramadan. Prayers during Ramadan were also discussed at the meeting.

The council in its Fatwa says that Taraweeh prayers can in current situation be performed by believers in their own home, alone or with a group of people. Referring to the ban on group gatherings, another Fatwa states that Eid prayers are also allowed to be performed at home. Instead of Friday prayers, people should perform the usual noon prayers at home. And since there are many people in need of help around the country now, the council also discussed the issue that Zakat payments can be paid earlier.

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