A study has found that despite the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, 91% of Muslims worldwide observed fast during Ramadan last year.
Local and international health experts addressed the two-day Seventh International Diabetes and Ramadan Conference organized by the Baqai Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology in Karachi.
Speaking at the event, Akhtar Hussain, newly elected president of the International Diabetes Federation and a Norwegian diabetes specialist, said research had shown that more than 80 per cent of people with diabetes and other diseases fasted during Ramadan, compared to last year. Despite this, 91% of Muslims observed fast in Ramadan and this year an estimated 95% of Muslims will fast.
He said that according to a study conducted in 2010, 95% of people with diabetes fasted for 15 days while 65% of patients fasted for the entire month of Ramadan.
Professor Akhtar Hussain said that unfortunately 30 to 40 percent of the people do not know how to fast safely in the month of Ramadan, but the annual medical conference can play an important role in this regard.
Addressing the conference, renowned scholar Mufti Taqi Usmani said that there are two extremist views regarding various diseases, especially diabetes, one group says that diabetics must fast while the other The school of thought is of the opinion that such people should not fast at all.
He said that the opinion of health experts is paramount in medical matters and if doctors think that the condition of a patient is not such that he can fast then he should follow the instructions of his doctor.
Professor Andrew Boulton, president of the International Diabetes Federation, said that millions of Muslims fast every year despite their various ailments, especially those with diabetes who want to know how to fast safely.
He said that the importance of the month of Ramadan has increased this year as the holy month is coming during the coronavirus pandemic and hoped that health experts would take cognizance of the coronavirus pandemic and safe fasting in Ramadan.