FINLAND: BAG LUNCHES FOR RAMADAN

When simply being grateful for safety and three squares a day in a refugee facility is too much to ask for.

SCREAMING MUSTARD ALERT2

If they value their holy month (as Vlad says) -of skipping lunch and blowing things up- more than the regular routine at the refugee center, then they’re more than free to return to the Muslim state from which they fled to observe Ramadan there. This is all about supremacy, they demand and the dhimmis dutifully jump to their feet to comply.

NOTE: Check out how the state journalist (an oxymoron) qualifies Ramadan as ”the holy month”, like it’s deemed holy by non-Muslims as well. I guess in this case it is, by the journalist and his gate keepers.

Bag lunches for Ramadan

The holy month of Ramadan began earlier this week for devout Muslims worldwide. In Finland, the religious observance involving daytime fasting has caused a flap over meal times at a major refugee accommodation centre. Bag lunches may be the answer to the clash between religion and routine.

Suomen muslimeja syömässä yhteisellä aterialla.
Muslims in Finland break the fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Image: Yle

During the holy month of Ramadan Muslims abstain from eating during the daytime and only break their fast at night. The exceptional nighttime meal ritual has in the past disrupted meal schedules at the Metsälä refugee reception centre in Helsinki.

Residents and officials at the Metsälä reception centre have agreed to resort to packed lunches to solve the dilemma.

“This idea of a bag lunch was suggested as a compromise by one Muslim association. Usually we can only serve fruit in the dormitories,” said Pekka Nuutinen, director of the Metsälä reception centre.

Finnish Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen said that Muslims observing the Ramadan fast should also have access to proper meals.

Räsänen said that evening meals should be provided, but safely and economically. Currently immigration officials have no clear guidelines for operating in what are still unusual circumstances in Finland.

Veikko Pyykkönen, chief inspector with the Finnish Immigration Service, Migri, said that authorities will cooperate with the reception centres, and other experts during this Ramadan to see how the late meals should be managed.

“The idea is to have guidelines ready for the next Ramadan,” he explained.

YLE

2 Replies to “FINLAND: BAG LUNCHES FOR RAMADAN”

  1. Spreading compassion in Dagestan!

    Bombathon 2013: Gunmen kill four police in Russia’s Dagestan (NBC, July 14, 2013)
    http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/14/19468786-gunmen-kill-four-police-in-russias-dagestan?lite
    “Four policemen were killed in Russia’s violence-plagued Dagestan region on Sunday when unidentified gunmen opened fire on their car, local investigators said.

    The police officers were on their way back from a village of Burshi, some 62 miles south-west of regional capital Makhachkala, when their car was attacked by two assailants.

    Insurgents are fighting to carve out an Islamic state in Dagestan – an ethnically mixed, mostly Muslim region in the North Caucasus between Chechnya and the Caspian Sea….”

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