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:
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)
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Mufti Ismaeel Bassa