What is the Islamic ruling on receiving the Covid vaccine while fasting?


Following the publication of a fatwa of a non-Ahmadi organisation in [a Jamaat publication] on the supposed legitimacy of receiving an injection of the Covid vaccine while fasting, Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih Vaa shed light on this Islamic legal issue and instructed the following in a letter dated 13 April 2021: 

“What is the need for publishing such news and fatwas in Al Fazl? And if, for some reason, it was inevitable to publish it, then the Jamaat’s stance on it should also have been published alongside it, stating that this is the fatwa of such and such institution, while the Jamaat has the opposite view, so that no one may assume the wrong view after reading your report. 

“Anyhow, immediately publish the denial of it and clearly state the Jamaat’s view in this regard, namely that receiving any form of injection while fasting, whether intramuscular or intravenous, is prohibited. If an Ahmadi receives an appointment to have their Coronavirus vaccine during the month of Ramadan, they can avail of the exemption granted by Islam and abstain from fasting on the day they are due to receive the injection and should make up for the fast after Ramadan.

“The Promised Messiahas did not even allow the application of kohl in the eyes while fasting, arguing from the ahadith of the Holy Prophetsa while according to the fatwa published in Al Fazl, you are declaring even injections as permissible.”

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