Ramadan, a month in which Muslims participate in fasting, prayer and reflection, is officially underway.

The Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland is reminding Muslims that they can get their COVID-19 vaccine during the month of Ramadan if they are offered one.

Ramadan is one of the most important months in the Islamic calendar, and also one of the busiest for the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland.

The centre’s Head of Community Welfare Summayah Kenna, says things have moved online this year:

“We have established several programmes on a daily basis, addressing different groups within our community.  The youth programmes alone are running on a daily basis, then we have educational classes.”

One of the biggest elements is fasting, where people only eat before dawn and after dusk.

It has led to questions about whether Muslims can take a vaccine during the month.

Summayah Kenna says they have been asked this many times:

“[The] vaccine is for our benefit so should we be required to take the vaccine, or offered it, then we should take it because it’s for the better of our health and the better for mankind.”

Ramadan runs until May 12th, ending with Eid al-Fitr, to recognise the breaking of the fast.