By: Najla Banimalek, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
During a press conference on Monday with the UAE Council for Fatwa, Dr. Omar Habtoor Dheeb Al Darei briefed the community on some of the health precautionary measures required during the month of Ramadan.
“It is prohibited under the Islamic Sharia, for a person infected with Covid-19 or anyone suspected of having contracted the virus, to attend daily congregational prayers, Taraweeh or Eid prayers” said Al Darei.
Another issue he addressed was the concern over the Covid-19 vaccine.
“Taking the Covid-19 vaccine will not break someone’s fast and doesn’t affect the health of the fasting person,” said the doctor. “But if the person experiences some side-effects after taking the vaccine and needs to break the fast, it is permissible for them to break the fast and then make up for it by fasting another day.”
The briefing was held by the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (Awqaf) to give details for the preparations for the Holy month of Ramadan.
Dr. Muahmmed Matar Al Kaabi, Chairman of Awqaf, restated the authority’s keenness to make mosques a safe environment for worshippers during ramadan.
“We have been coordinating with the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) in doing everything possible to protect the health and safety of worshipers, including the continuous sterilisation of all mosques since they have re-opened.”
Awqaf is strictly following all the health precautionary measures required at the mosques to ensure that they are being implemented by inspecting the mosques and educating the imams on what precautions need to be followed, so that they can deliver the message to worshippers in different languages and ensure periodic covid-19 testing of all mosque workers.
Covid-19 instructions and guidelines for worshippers have been printed in three languages (Arabic, English and Urdu) and distributed to all mosques. These include 80,000 posters on health awareness, 32,000 guidebooks and 1,436 roll-ups.
Taraweeh prayers (the special prayers offered during the holy month of Ramadan) will be limited to only 30 minutes and that there will be no waiting time for Sunnah prayer after the Isha prayer.
Ramadan preaching will be virtual, and a number of religious programs will be broadcast on local television channels, radio and social media.