Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ramadan has started for the Muslim world, as have the arrests

What is haram, or forbidden in Islam includes blood, urine and alcohol.  If you are in possession of alcohol you are committing a grievous sin, and will probably be physically punished.   So it goes in moderate, modern Kuwait, and the new secular, democratic Egypt.  Ironically, the article about Egypt, which shows how sharia law is enforced in what is supposed to be a secular and democratic Islamic country is not a recent piece.  It is from September 2009, showing once again that sharia law is now, and has been for a long time, practiced in Egypt.

Both articles are from BikyaMasr

First, this from Kuwait July 24

Kuwait police arrest, detain man for drinking in public during Ramadan

DUBAI: It is illegal to drink or eat in public in Kuwait during the holy month of Ramadan, where Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.

Over the weekend, Kuwaiti police said they made the first arrest of someone who failed to abide by their strict conditions during the holy month.

Police have indicated that a police patrol saw an “Asian drinking water from a bottle during the day.”

Nothing like a religion that denies your basic human requirements for survival.

When the man was approached by officers and asked why he was not fasting, the man told them his sect “had not yet started fasting.”

Police disregarded the excuse and arrested him.

Under Kuwait law, anyone caught drinking or eating in public during fasting times is detained and held until after the Eid holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.

Next from Egypt 

Egypt arrests 155 for "not fasting" during Ramadan

CAIRO: Egyptian police in Aswan have arrested 155 people for “not fasting” during the holy month of Ramadan. According to local reports from the southern Egyptian city, police have targeted those who “break their fast publicly” and if caught eating or drinking anything in daylight, police have arrested them immediately, including one man who was purchasing juice for his family.

That man, Ahmed Mustafa, was quoted by al-Youm al-Saba’a as saying “I was standing at the store buying juice for my children for Iftar [meal that breaks the fast],” adding that he was indeed fasting. He is just one of many citizens who have felt the heavy hand of Egyptian police during the holy month.

It is part of an odd campaign launched by the interior ministry in the southern governorate. According to ministry officials, they want to show Egyptians “what life is like for a hard-line country,” such as Saudi Arabia, where penalties for breaking the fast early can result in lashings or imprisonment.

The campaign of the Egyptian Interior Ministry to “simulate” the experience of some Muslim-majority countries such as Saudi and Kuwait, which punishes those who eat or drink in public during pre-breakfast time in Ramadan has been widely criticized.

Human Rights groups, jurists and activists have condemned the arrests and called for the “campaign” to be rescinded as fears over the unprecendented move in Egypt are rising fears and concerns that hard-line police officers are taking control of the law without cause.

“It is horrible what is going on and we cannot stand by and allow this to continue, because we want to live in a free society,” said Ahmed, a member of the powerful Muslim Brotherhood. “Religion is not compulsory and this should be maintained.”

Not any more, Ahmed.  Not any more.  And the finger is pointed directly at you and your cronies.

Read it all

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