روزه خواری علنی درمصر جرم نیست

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اهرام آنلاین (مصر) در گزارشی خبری مینویسد که سخنگوی وزارت کشور، پس از کسب خبر دستگیری چند نفر در حومه قاهره بجرم خوردن و نوشیدن در ملأ عام در این ایام رمضان، توسط داستانی اعلام کرد که  روزه خواری جرم نیست و قرآن هم همه افراد را مجبور به روزه گرفتن نمیکند و مزاحمت برای روزه خواران خلاف حکم قرآن است. بگفته سخنگوی وزارت کشور که وعده رسیدگی به مورد دستگیری داد، طبق حکم قرآن یک مسلمان ممکنست و حق دارد از روزه گرفتن خود داری کند. بگفته وی مزاحمت برای چنین افرادی برخلاف قرآن است. 

Eating in public during Ramadan fast in Egypt not a crime: Interior ministry 

Recent arrests of a group of people for eating during daylight hours provoked debate

 Egyptians drinking cold juices

File Photo: Egyptians drinking cold juices in Juice shop in Cairo, before the holy month of Ramadan, Wednesday 27 May 2015 (Photo: Marina Barsoum)

A senior interior ministry official said on Sunday that there is no law in Egypt’s penal code that criminalises those who publicly eat or drink during Ramadan fasting hours.

The issue has been heavily discussed in the Egyptian media over the past few days after a report that 25 people were arrested in the upscale Fifth Settlement district just outside Cairo for eating and drinking in public.

Prosecution sources said they were arrested because “they didn’t take into account the feelings of other [fasters] and didn’t respect the holy month of Ramadan.”

Able-bodied, observant Muslims refrain from eating, drinking or smoking during daylight hours during the month of Ramadan, which started on 18 June this year.

Those arrested were released on Saturday.

The interior minister’s deputy for public relations and media, Abu-Bakr Abdel-Kareem, told private satellite channel ONTV that the Quran permits Muslims to not fast during Ramadan for a number of reasons.

“We can’t put in place a law that contradicts the Quran,” he said.

Abdel-Kreem seemed unaware of the reported arrests, saying that he would check the details, and that the group might have been arrested for another reason.

However, Abdel-Kareem added that if they were in fact arrested for eating and drinking in public then there would be “an investigation into the matter.”

Public eating and drinking in the daylight hours of Ramdan is a recurrent subject of media debate, and each year brings reports that in some areas, police have shut down cafes that operate during fasting hours.

 

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