Muslims across the world are feasting because Ramadan is over.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the month of fasting. During Ramadan, Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and sexual relations from dawn until sunset — all for the sake of Allah and to teach Muslims about patience, humility, and spirituality. During the month, Muslims also are suposed to pray more than usual, ask forgiveness for past sins, and try to purify themselves through self-restraint and good deeds.
Alas, the government of the Arabic Islamic country of Algeria in North Africa (the 11th-largest country in the world!) is unclear on the concept. David E. Miller of the Jerusalem Post reports on September 7, 2010:
Police in Algeria have detained ten men for allegedly eating in public in violation of the sanctity of Ramadan.
Police picked up the young men in a restaurant in the province of Bejaya, east of the capital Algiers after neighbors complained of the alleged public desecration of the Islamic faith’s ban on eating during daylight in the holy month.
The young men face up to two years in prison for the “crime” if convicted.
Way to go, Algeria! That’s the spirit of Ramadan! Indeed, Islam is the Religion of Peace!
H/t Weasel Zippers.