Brunei bans restaurant meals for all during Ramadan

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Brunei_RestaurantIn another sign of its hardline religious approach the small Sultanate of Brunei has banned all restaurants from table service for non-Muslims during daytime until Ramadan ends on August 8.

The decision was made by the Brunei Islamic Religious Council during a meeting on July 20. In detail, non-Muslims are no longer allowed to eat in any restaurant owned or part-owned by Muslims in the daytime this Ramadan, which has been tolerated before. The directive has also been approved by the Ministry of Home Affairs, saying that non-Muslims should “show respect” to Muslims by not eating in public in the day.

The directive did not mention possible fines. The nation’s Islamic Religious Act and similar regulations stipulate fines for Muslims who eat or drink in public during fasting hours.

The only exception from the rule is that non-Muslims can order takeaway food to consume privately at home.

During Ramadan, Muslims are supposed to refrain from food, drinks, smoking and sexual intercourse during daylight hours. They catch up with eating after sunset at iftar, or fast-breaking, and have a pre-dawn breakfast, suhoor, to make it through the day.

Brunei also bans the sale and consumption of alcohol in the entire state and reportedly plans to totally ban cigarette smoking and sale of tobacco products in the future.

 

 

 

 

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In another sign of its hardline religious approach the small Sultanate of Brunei has banned all restaurants from table service for non-Muslims during daytime until Ramadan ends on August 8.

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Brunei_RestaurantIn another sign of its hardline religious approach the small Sultanate of Brunei has banned all restaurants from table service for non-Muslims during daytime until Ramadan ends on August 8.

The decision was made by the Brunei Islamic Religious Council during a meeting on July 20. In detail, non-Muslims are no longer allowed to eat in any restaurant owned or part-owned by Muslims in the daytime this Ramadan, which has been tolerated before. The directive has also been approved by the Ministry of Home Affairs, saying that non-Muslims should “show respect” to Muslims by not eating in public in the day.

The directive did not mention possible fines. The nation’s Islamic Religious Act and similar regulations stipulate fines for Muslims who eat or drink in public during fasting hours.

The only exception from the rule is that non-Muslims can order takeaway food to consume privately at home.

During Ramadan, Muslims are supposed to refrain from food, drinks, smoking and sexual intercourse during daylight hours. They catch up with eating after sunset at iftar, or fast-breaking, and have a pre-dawn breakfast, suhoor, to make it through the day.

Brunei also bans the sale and consumption of alcohol in the entire state and reportedly plans to totally ban cigarette smoking and sale of tobacco products in the future.

 

 

 

 

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