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Kurdish police enforces respect for Islamic fasting month
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Kurdish police enforces respect for
Islamic fasting month
By Soran Bahaadin
Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — During the first day of
Ramadan there was a noticeable change in the market
of Erbil (Hawler), most people looked tired and shop
owners are listening to the Koran. Some restaurants
had curtains in front of their shops and some people
were going beyond it to eat. The police promised to
With the beginning of Ramadan some orders have been
issued for respecting this month. People are
forbidden to eat, drink and smoke on the streets,
but most of the people who don’t fast, want to be
free in what they do.
Mariwan Naqshbandi, the speaker of the ministry of
religion affairs informed that their ministry yearly
issues orders about Ramadan. This includes banning
the restaurants and the casinos to be opened during
day time. “Obviously they must have curtains. We ask
the people to respect [Ramadan] so that the feelings
of the people are not injured.”
Saman Naaman (31) who came from behind one of the
curtains was ashamed to be seen by a relative. He
doesn’t fast, because he doesn’t believe in it.
“People are free in what they are thinking.”
Abdulkhalq Talat, the general director of Hawler
police said that ˝the population of Hawler generally
respect this month and the persons who don't respect
it, we will investigate them˝. He added that they
follow the past years orders and they will arrest
the persons who eat or drink or smoke in the market.
Naqshbandi also said that they asked the Christian
owners of the wine shops to close their shops during
days ˝they are binding to our orders and they are
opening their shops only during the nights˝.
The general director of the Hawler police pointed to
that the restaurants and casinos that have no
curtains will be closed by the police and the shops
that sell wine will be investigated.
A taxi driver who is fasting and drives inside the
city says that he doesn't like to see a person who
eat something during Ramadan, but he says that even
if he sees such a person he doesn't speak with hem,www.ekurd.net
because it’s wrong to
judge other people.
The ministry of the religion affairs asked the
TV-channels to consider Ramadan and don't show some
films and sights that they don't fit with Ramadan,
Mariwan Hawrami says that they don't know yet how
much the channels listen to their requests.
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