Fast can be broken to avoid health risks: Mufti Munibur Rehman

Published: June 24, 2015
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Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Mufti Munibur Rehman issued a fatwa on Wednesday claiming it was permissible to break one’s fast under extraordinary circumstances, such as the heatwave affecting parts of Pakistan, Express News reported.

“This year the heat is unbearable and if people are feeling sick they should break their fast,” Mufti Munibur Rehman said.

The fatwa comes as the death toll from the deadly heatwave in Karachi surpasses 800.

Read: Death toll from deadly heatwave in Karachi surpasses 800

The heat wave coincided with severe power outages and the Holy month of Ramazan, when most Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours.

Many of the deaths, among the elderly and poor in Karachi, were caused by dehydration.

The government has demanded urgent action to deal with the crisis, and the administration in Sindh province declared Wednesday a public holiday to encourage people to stay indoors out of the sun.

Read: Govt mulls use of cloud seeding technology for artificial rains in Karachi

Some residents on Tuesday took to hosing each other down with water to avoid collapsing from heat stroke.

A state of emergency is in force in hospitals which are struggling to cope with the 3,000 people affected by heatstroke and dehydration.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • MAK
    Jun 24, 2015 - 7:10PM

    Why so late?Recommend

  • Akram
    Jun 24, 2015 - 9:39PM

    I REALLY SALUTE GRAND MUFTI SB. FOR THE FATWA
    IN SUCH A CASE,WHAT I THINK IS THAT PEOPLE MUSTN’T ABANDON FAST BUT MUST OBSERVE FASTING AND REMAIN INDOOR AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE & YES IF A PERSON FEELS SICK TO A DANGEROUS EXTENT I.E ITS UNBEARABLE,THEN HE/SHE HAS THE OPTION TO BREAK THE FASTRecommend

  • curious2
    Jun 24, 2015 - 10:15PM

    700+ dead and someone finally gives permission — SHAME ON YOU!Recommend

  • Anwar Hasan
    Jun 25, 2015 - 12:48AM

    A very very wise man. I am sure many people died in the heat wave who were fasting and refused to break their fast. It would had been better if this was said earlier but it is never too late. Full salute to Mufti Muneeb Sahib.Recommend

  • shah
    Jun 25, 2015 - 12:54AM

    Bit late maulvi sahab.Recommend

  • stingingnettle
    Jun 25, 2015 - 1:58AM

    Did we need Muneeb ur Rehman’s pearl of wisdom or should we have just relied on common relied? People should prise their religion and rationality free from the murderous fingers of mullahs. Recommend

  • adeel
    Jun 25, 2015 - 2:01AM

    @curious2:
    Permission has always been there, its a reminder. Shame on you for such arrogance & Not appreciating the fact that people are coming out to help fellow beings the way they can.Recommend

  • Anwar Hasan
    Jun 25, 2015 - 3:44AM

    Very tragic situation. Please tell us how many of the deceased were fasting? I feel most of those who died were fasting and did not break their fast ti it was very late and as a result they tragically died.Recommend

  • THE
    Jun 25, 2015 - 6:46AM

    @curious2:
    All of us fasting are Muslims and know very well that people who are sick, weak, elderly, travelling or pregnant should NOT be fasting. Then why shame on a scholar who gives his opinion and urges people to do the right thing. I think your kind only knows who to throw insults rather then doing something productive. I hope you have helped someone in Karachi rather then sitting on your keyboard ? Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Jun 25, 2015 - 1:54PM

    Such a shame that instead of using common sense, this nation/religion relies on Muftis to define their survival.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Jun 26, 2015 - 5:12AM

    We need not to rely on common sense.We are totally to depend or rely on Muftis for Fatwa or atleast we must ourselves consult an authentic Mufti Sb [email protected]: Recommend

  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Jun 27, 2015 - 9:00AM

    Rituals should not be a religious binding . One should decide according to situation he or she is confro nting with .Recommend

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