20 March 2022 – Prominent Islamic scholars strongly recommend that people get vaccinated against COVID-19 ahead of the holy month of Ramadan and continue to observe public health and social measures during the festivities to protect themselves and their loved ones from infection.

These recommendations came during a virtual panel discussion with the Islamic Advisory Group (IAG) that included eminent scholars from the International Islamic Fiqh Academy (IIFA) in Saudi Arabia and Al Azhar Al Sharif in Egypt. The event was co-organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) on 15 March 2022.

The holy month of Ramadan represents a time for religious and social gatherings for Muslims around the world. Ramadan returns this year with the COVID-19 pandemic in its third year and there is a need to refocus efforts to increase the uptake of COVID-19 vaccination and ensure that individuals are protected during the upcoming festivities. The virtual panel discussion shed light on how Islamic leaders, ministries of health and partners can support the response to COVID-19 during the holy month of Ramadan.

Speaking of the role of Islamic Shariah in protecting the health of individuals and communities in Ramadan during the COVID-19 pandemic, Professor Koutoub Moustapha Sano, Secretary-General of the IIFA, stressed that the protection of life is one of the five main objectives of Shariah.

“Ramadan is an occasion to take care of our health. We have to make sure

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