Q. Does taking a COVID 19 Screening Test nullify the fast?
A. The Covid-19 Doctors on Call, established by KwaZulu-Natal Doctors Healthcare Coalition (KZNDHC) who offer screening and advice around Covid-19 in South Africa have confirmed that a Covid 19 Screening Test entails the following:
- A swab is slowly inserted through the nostril until the nasopharynx (the upper part of the throat connecting to the nasal cavity) is reached. (Upper Respiratory Tract)
- A swab is inserted into the mouth with the mouth wide open, to first rub the tonsils and then pharynx (the back of the throat). (Lower Respiratory Tract)
- The patient is asked to cough and produce saliva that has been brought up. (Sputum Collection)
The tool used in the test is a sterile, dry cotton or polyester swab that does not contain any substance or medication prior to testing.
In terms of Shariah, the insertion of a dry object into the mouth or nostril does not nullify the fast. Accordingly, taking a COVID 19 Screening Test whilst fasting will not nullify the fast. (Binaayah 4/65)
Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ismaeel Bassa
This answer was collected from TheMufti.com, which is a fatwa portal managed by Mufti Ismaeel Bassa from South Africa.