Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta Authorizes Using Zakat for Purchasing COVID-19 Vaccines

Dar al-Ifta in Cairo, Egypt (file photo: Reuters)
Dar al-Ifta in Cairo, Egypt (file photo: Reuters)
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Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta Authorizes Using Zakat for Purchasing COVID-19 Vaccines

Dar al-Ifta in Cairo, Egypt (file photo: Reuters)
Dar al-Ifta in Cairo, Egypt (file photo: Reuters)

Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta announced it is permissible to use the Zakat funds to buy the coronavirus vaccine in order to ensure “preservation of the self,” which is one of the higher overall objectives of Islamic law.

Dar al-Ifta said that establishing a health system comes within this goal, which also aims to maintain people's health and provide vaccines against COVID-19.

The fatwa also authorized the use of the money to treat patients, according to the statement.

The development of the virus and its effects necessitate efforts and funds to ensure a strong health system, with all its mechanisms, tools, devices, treatment, and means of protection, according to Dar al-Ifta.

The statement also explained that one of the most important aspects of protecting the livelihood of individuals and communities is the elimination of deadly diseases and pandemics.

The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population confirmed 1,022 new coronavirus cases and 59 virus-related deaths, while there were 677 recovered cases.

Egypt has reported a total of 153,741 cases, 121,072 recoveries and 8,421 deaths.

Meanwhile, the government denied reports claiming the coronavirus vaccine will be distributed according to the social class of citizens, confirming that the map circulating on media regarding the distribution of the vaccine is “untrue.”

The cabinet asserted that the state will provide the vaccine to all citizens without discrimination, pointing out that the process of distributing the vaccine is not based on social hierarchy.

It asserted that priority will be given to the most vulnerable groups, such as medical staff, people with chronic diseases, and the elderly.



Clashes Escalate in Sudan’s North Darfur

Rapid Support Forces members. (AP)
Rapid Support Forces members. (AP)
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Clashes Escalate in Sudan’s North Darfur

Rapid Support Forces members. (AP)
Rapid Support Forces members. (AP)

Clashes renewed on Monday between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in several locations in North Darfur, while each side claimed to have inflicted the other with heavy losses in lives and military equipment.

Eyewitnesses said fierce ground clashes took place early in the morning in the vicinity of El Fasher, and around the Zarq and Um Baar areas, which are controlled by the RSF.

Meanwhile, residents fear counter-attacks following threats launched by several RSF leaders, who vowed to strongly respond to the killing of Ali Yagoub Gibril, one of their senior commanders during a battle in the besieged north Darfur city of El Fasher last Friday.

Social media accounts affiliated with the RSF posted videos showing violent clashes that took place Monday in the Um Baar area.

The video also showed destroyed military and armored vehicles of the army and the armed movements backing it.

Since the outbreak of fighting in Sudan, the RSF has pushed large numbers of its forces to capture the town of El Fasher. The city is the army's last stronghold in the western Darfur region.

On Sunday, RSF commander Mohammed Hamdan Daglo, also known as Hemedti, blamed the escalation in El Fasher on armed factions “that have abandoned neutrality and chosen to side with their slaughterer.”

A resident of El Fasher said the Eid Al-Adha celebrations were completely absent, and that many residents did not leave their homes to perform religious rituals for fear of bombs targeting residential neighborhoods.