Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, the Grand Mufti of Australia, has been invited by the Western Sydney Diabetes Initiative to speak on Ramadan and diabetes.
Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam, is mandatory for all adult Muslims who are healthy and well enough to fast.
People with type 2 diabetes should talk to their doctor before fasting, according to Ahmed Hussein from Blacktown Hospital’s endocrinology department.
“A lot of people don’t know that most sick people, pregnant ladies, even healthy people who are travelling long distances, they are exempted from fasting,” Dr Hussein said.
“The issue in our community is a lot of diabetes patients don’t know this part, and they still insist to fast.”
Details: 7pm, Thursday, May 18, Max Webber Library on Flushcombe Road, Blacktown.
Dr Hussein said people feel guilty, especially if they used to fast at young ages and then they developed some sort of chronic illness.
“They might think that they still can do it,” he said.
Dr Hussein said research from south-west Sydney discovered more than half of Muslim patients followed the advice of Muslim scholars ahead of a doctor.
Western Sydney Diabetes invited the Grand Mufti to reinforce that exemption from Ramadan fasting is backed by medical and religious authority. Dr Hussein and Dr Mohamed will both speak and take questions.