By Gavin Gibbon
Emirates Fatwa Council has issued a number of guidelines to be followed during holy month
Frontline medical workers in the UAE will be excused from fasting during Ramadan.
In a statement on Emirates News Agency (WAM), the Emirates Fatwa Council stressed that fasting is obligatory for healthy people during the holy month.
However, in terms of medical staff, it stated that they will be exempt if they fear that fasting could weaken their immunity or lead to losing their patients.
In a series of five Fatwas, those suffering from Covid-19, or people who show symptoms of the virus, are also excused if advised by physicians that fasting would make their condition worse.
It also ruled that Taraweeh prayer can be performed individually at home, however, the man of the house may lead the prayer for his family either by reciting verses he memorised or by reading from the holy book.
The third Fatwa focussed on Eid Al Fitr prayer should the current situation continue until that time. It ruled that people may perform Eid Al Fitr prayer individually at their homes or in group with their respective family members without a sermon.
It warned against congregating to perform the prayer, saying this could endanger lives.
With Friday prayer currently unavailable due to the Covid-19 movement restrictions, the council advised the Dhuhr prayer should be performed.
While, finally, on Zakat and Zakat Al Fitr, the council has said it is permitted to pay Zakat earlier adding that it is “even better to pay it as quickly as possible, given the current circumstances”.