Saudi Arabia to expel non-Muslims who disrespect Ramazan

RIYADH: Saudi authorities threatened on Thursday to expel non-Muslim foreigners who eat, drink or smoke in public during Ramazan, which begins this weekend.

The interior ministry urged non-Muslims to “respect the feelings of Muslims by refraining from eating, drinking or smoking in public places, streets and at work”.

“They are not excused for being non-Muslim,” said the statement carried by SPA state news agency, adding that “labour contracts stipulate respect for Muslim rites”. “Those who violate (that)… will face the necessary measures, including terminating work contracts and being deported,” the statement added.

Saudi Arabia hosts more than nine million foreigners, mostly Asians.—AFP

Published in Dawn, June 27th, 2014

1 reply

  1. It is very bad news, coming from an Arab country. The non-Muslims are not required to fast in the month of Ramadhan. The Muslims are bound to fast for their own sake. Why the Muslims feel bad if the non-Muslims eat and drink in front of the Muslims during daytime in Ramadhan.
    This thing is not understood. Are the Muslims so weak minded that they cannot control themselves. In that case they should not fast.
    This directive coming from Saudi Arabia seems to be wrong.
    Any one who fasts should keep the fast. Any one who does not fast for any genuine reason should not pretend to be fasting and should not be pressed into a state of fasting by order.

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