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.



US Military Pier Operations in Gaza Suspended after Piece Breaks Off

US Navy personnel construct a JLOTS, which stands for "Joint Logistics Over-the Shore" temporary pier which will provide a ship-to-shore distribution system to help deliver humanitarian aid into Gaza, in an undated handout picture in the Mediterranean Sea. (US Central Command/Handout via Reuters/File Photo)
US Navy personnel construct a JLOTS, which stands for "Joint Logistics Over-the Shore" temporary pier which will provide a ship-to-shore distribution system to help deliver humanitarian aid into Gaza, in an undated handout picture in the Mediterranean Sea. (US Central Command/Handout via Reuters/File Photo)
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US Military Pier Operations in Gaza Suspended after Piece Breaks Off

US Navy personnel construct a JLOTS, which stands for "Joint Logistics Over-the Shore" temporary pier which will provide a ship-to-shore distribution system to help deliver humanitarian aid into Gaza, in an undated handout picture in the Mediterranean Sea. (US Central Command/Handout via Reuters/File Photo)
US Navy personnel construct a JLOTS, which stands for "Joint Logistics Over-the Shore" temporary pier which will provide a ship-to-shore distribution system to help deliver humanitarian aid into Gaza, in an undated handout picture in the Mediterranean Sea. (US Central Command/Handout via Reuters/File Photo)

A part of the US military's pier off Gaza has broken off, rendering it temporarily inoperable, two US officials said, in the latest blow to efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to Palestinians.

The US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said bad weather was believed to be the reason that the part had broken off. They did not say how big the part was or speculate on how long it would take for the pier to resume operations.

The pier was announced by US President Joe Biden in March and involved the military assembling the floating structure off the coast. Estimated to cost $320 million for the first 90 days and involve about 1,000 US service members, it went into operation two weeks ago.

Since the pier began operations, the United Nations has transported 137 trucks of aid from the pier - the equivalent of 900 metric tons - said a UN World Food Program (WFP) spokesperson.