The Islamic Holy Month of Ramadan begins this evening and continues until the evening of 12 May or 13 May. It will be followed by the celebration of Eid al-Fitr.
Ramadan is a month of fasting, during which time Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours, for approximately 30 days. It is a time for self-reflection and evaluation.
East London Health & Care Partnership Ramadan videos
The British Islamic Medical Association has reviewed evidence from Islamic scholars and confirmed that having the COVID-19 vaccine does not invalidate the fast. In addition, the vaccine does not contain pork or other animal, foetal or alcohol products – this reflects the advice of the majority of Islamic scholars that it is permissible.
GP's have made videos in several languages including English, Arabic, Somali, Sylheti and Urdu, in which they explain how it is safe to have the COVID-19 vaccination during Ramadan.
- Muslim NHS Professionals discuss the vaccine and Ramadan
- Ramadan Health Factsheet for NHS Staff from the Muslim Council of Britain