TV station blunder forces to end fast 20 minutes early

Source: Gulf News:

Ras Al Khaimah: An unknown number of residents in Ras Al Khaimah will have to fast an extra day following a TV station blunder that aired the Maghreb adhan on Friday about 20 minutes earlier than the actual timing.

RAK television, widely followed by residents here especially on the local time of ending the fast, broadcast the Maghreb adhan [call for prayer] on Friday at 6.48pm instead of 7.05pm, prompting a number of Emiratis and expatriates to end their fast nearly 20 minutes earlier.

Immediately after the blunder on August 2, RAK television published an apology and clarification on its screens before the adhan was aired again at the right time.

The UAE’s General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments issued a fatwa demanding RAK’s residents or anyone, who ended his/her fast early on Friday due to the TV station’s blunder, to fast another day to compensate the lost day.

When contacted by Gulf News, a RAK TV official confirmed the incident and said that an electric shortcut caused the technical blunder.


Categories: Asia

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