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 Kurdish police enforces respect for Islamic fasting month

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Kurdish police enforces respect for Islamic fasting month  26.8.2009 
By Soran Bahaadin 

August 26, 2009

ERBIL-Hewlęr, 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 arrest people.

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, 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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