Kano State Hisbah Police has arrested eleven persons for for refusing to participate in the ongoing Ramadan fast which refrained adult muslims from eating between sunrise and sunset.
It was gathered that the sharia police arrested three males and eight females after they were sighted eating in the daytime during the Ramadan, which proves that they were not observing the fast.
Hisbah Director-General of the Hisbah board, Dr. Aliyu Musa Kibiya, who confirmed the arrest to newsmen, insisted that the Ramadan fasting is compulsory for healthy adults.
“We will investigate and if they have cogent reasons we will release them. Those found wanting will however be enlightened and even prosecuted if need be” Dr. Kibiya said
Kibiya said a woman should not be seen eating in public during fasting, “for whatever reason,” adding that the board will arrest anyone found to be eating during the day.
“Fasting is compulsory for healthy, adult Muslims in the month of Ramadan except for the travellers, menstruating women or old people.”he added
Ramadan, the Islamic festival, started on April 12th. As part one of the five pillars of Islam, between dawn and sunset Muslims will not eat or drink as they show their devotion to their religion and Allah.
KanyiDaily had reported how a second division game in Turkey was temporarily halted on Tuesday to allow Muslim players break their Ramadan fasting diring their football match.