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Taking Covid-19 Test doesn`t Break one`s Fast during Ramadan

Answered according to Shafi'i Fiqh by Darul Iftaa Jordan
Does taking Covid-19 test during day time of Ramadan render one`s fast invalid?

Answer:

All perfect praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.

Having consulted experts and done research, we arrived at the conclusion that Covid-19 test doesn`t break one`s fast during Ramadan since the dry swab inserted in the nose doesn`t reach the throat. For fast to be considered invalid, Maliki jurists stipulated that the object must be inserted inside a bodily passage while Hanafi jurists stipulated that it remains inside and not be connected with something else outside of the human body. Since both stipulations aren`t met in this swab test and fast can`t be invalidated by doubt then whoever took the test while observing fast must continue his fast and he is cleared from liability before Allah. And Allah the Almighty knows best.

 

This answer was collected from the official government Iftaa Department of Jordan.

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