Spiritual leaders say it is OK for Muslims to get COVID-19 vaccine during Ramadan

Ramadan began at sundown Monday and Islamic leaders on Long Island are battling misconceptions about whether the COVID-19 vaccine breaks the holiday fast.

News 12 Staff

Apr 12, 2021, 9:57 PM

Updated 1,100 days ago

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Ramadan began at sundown Monday and Islamic leaders on Long Island are battling misconceptions about whether the COVID-19 vaccine breaks the holiday fast.
Beenish Saeed is thankful the holy month of Ramadan this year will be different from last year.
Due to the pandemic, mosques had to close their doors.
But preparations were underway Monday at the Islamic Center of Long Island to reopen its doors for Ramadan.
Ramadan starts a month of fasting from sun up to sun down and includes daily prayers and acts of generosity and kindness.
Worshippers will have to wear masks. They must bring their own prayer mat and maintain social distance.
However, along with those changes, the coronavirus presented a different dilemma - will getting the vaccine during the holy month break the daytime fasting a Muslim is required to do?
Spiritual leaders have given it the OK and are encouraging Muslims to get vaccinated.
"The safety and health of people takes precedence over so many things," said Dr. Mufti Farhan.
"Our Iman says it's perfectly fine to get the vaccine during this time," said Saeed.
Dr. Farhan believes this year, Ramadan will be an even greater time of prayer, giving thanks and celebration.
"I think Ramadan is that very spiritual time for us to really look into ourselves, our lives and begin that spiritual growth again," said Dr. Farhan.
"This month really brings us together. It is the month of happiness for all of us," said Saeed.
The Islamic Center of Long Island is also offering each night during the month a Ramadan drive-thru. Pre-packaged meals will be provided for those who are breaking the fast at sundown and face food insecurity.


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