July 17, 2012
The Muslim month of fasting – Ramadan starts on Friday, July 20. However the short Swedish nights makes faithful Muslims concerned. When can a person break their fast?
”It is a big issue,” says Mohamed Amri, the Luleå Imam (in the far north of Sweden) Imam. According to the tradition the fast should last from dawn to sunset. For Muslims in Luleå, that means abstaining from food and water up to 21 hours.
“It is clear that is far too long,” says Amri.
Per Gudmundsson, journalist and Swedens foremost Islamist watcher, reported this week that the so called Sweden Imam Association (SIF) – who 2009 received state funding to work against Islamphobia – represents the homepage muslim.se where one, among other things, can read that homosexuals are to be killed, Muslims are not to befriend non-Muslims, and that there is a Jewish conspiracy running the world.
Sweden Imam Association answers on their homepage that they never have threatened anyone, but only made use of their fundamental right of free speech and that a democracy much be able to accept a variety of conflicting opinions.
Two Imams are named on muslims: Sheikh Abu Ra’d – Imam at Gävle Islamic Center and a student of the former grand mufti of Saudi Arabia Ibn Baz – and Abu Talal, imam in Göteborg with an educational background in Egypt.