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FATWA | Will COVID-19 test invalidate your fast?

The council also added that health workers should use nasal swabs to collect samples for the test.

The holy month of Ramazan is here and Muslims are questioning whether the test for COVID-19 would break their fast or not.

The Fatwa Council of United Arab Emirates (UAE) has issued all the guidelines regarding this matter. It said that the test for the novel coronavirus will not break the fast and Muslims should not refrain from getting tested even if they feel unwell during fasting.

The council also added that health workers should use nasal swabs to collect samples for the test.

Should you fast if you are asymptomatic?

The council suggested that COVID-19 patients, even if they are asymptomatic (not experiencing any symptoms) should not fast. It added that doctors and medical staff on the frontline against the virus should avoid fasting.

If you are a UAE resident, the Fatwa Council has issued a helpline (8002422) for any questions regarding Ramazan. People from outside of the country can call +97122052555 for guidance.

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