It’s obligatory to obtain rational, strong possibility of being harmed to abandon fast in Ramadhan due to Coronavirus
RNA – In response to an inquiry by a group of believers about fasting during Ramadhan given the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, Ayatollah Muhammad-Ishaq al-Fayyadh, one of the senior sources of emulation in Iraq, said, “It isn’t permissible to break one’s fast during the holy month of Ramadhan without the assurance of true fear of detriment and harm and according to shari’ah, the obtainment of the existence of rational and strong harm for each day of the month of Ramadhan is an obligatory condition for abandoning one’s fast.”
The Iraq scholar continued, “It’s necessary to drink water frequently to ward off the risk of the Coronavirus but since Ramadhan is an essential pillar and an obligation of the Islamic religion, one can’t abandon fasting during this month on the sole basis of general and inaccurate advice.”
He added, “The obligation of fasting is removed if a person, on the advice of a doctor, provides a strong and rational possibility that fasting causes a physical danger or the loss of work and the earning of a living for him each day due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus and he must make up for it after the holy month provided that isn’t a pretext to not fast.”
It’s worth mentioning that Najaf Governorate, which has the highest number of cases of Coronavirus after Baghdad Governorate, hasn’t registered any new cases in the last two days, which has raised hopes for controlling the virus in Iraq.
As a result of the warming weather, people have been evicted from their homes due to regulations on the restriction of traffic and most shopkeepers and markets have resumed activities and security forces have been reluctant to implement traffic ban measures which has raised concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus.
In its latest report, Iraq’s Ministry of Health and Environment put the number of people infected with the Coronavirus at 1,400 individuals, the number of deaths at 78 individuals, and the number of recovered people at 766 individuals.
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