Jailed for Eating during Ramadan in Tunisia

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By Leo Igwe
Why are western nations taking responsibility for the radicalisation of Muslims when the problem is not confined to these countries? Why are these countries buying into this lame narrative that ascribes blame for Islamic extremism to western foreign policy? Obvious such a position discounts the hateful and inciting doctrines that are propagated in mosques, and other Islamic centers worldwide.
Bearing in mind similar manifestations of muslim extremist ideology in other non-western countries, it is difficult to hold that western foreign policy or the internet is the main reason behind current manifestations of radical islam in the West.
Look at the recent case in Tunisia. This North Africa nation has often portrayed as a beacon of ‘moderate Islam’. But this may not actually be the case. From what is going on in the country, Tunisia is far from being moderate. Evidence of homegrown radical Islam abound.
Radical Islam resonates in the recent decision of a court that jailed people for eating during the month of Ramadan. The prosecution spokesperson said they were convicted for “a provocative act” of eating and smoking during the fasting period.
Now, how is this ruling in agreement with the so-called moderate Islam in Tunisia? Is this ruling a marker of liberal and tolerant Islam? Not at all. How is this sentencing in compliant with the oft-referred provision in the Quran that there is no compulsion in religion?
If people should not be compelled to practice religion, in this case, Islam, why should persons, muslims or not, be penalized for eating during the month of Ramadan?
Why was the act of eating or smoking during the month of Ramadan described as provocative? Was it provocative to who? To those who were fasting?
What does it mean to provoke those who were fasting? If they were provoked and so what? Would they be provoked to do what? To eat or smoke? Definitely not. To attack those who eat? Most probably. So this sentencing was surely a way to appease the radicals, the jihadists lest they unleash mayhem. It is an affirmation of the power, influence and presence of extreme Islamic ideology in Tunisia
So it is pertinent to state that radical Islam is not a new phenomenon or a western creation. Radical Islam has existed and been in full force before the advent of the Internet and in spite of the online media. Islamism is rooted somewhere beyond and besides the websites. The fear of radical muslims drive policies and decisions in muslim majority states and communities even if it means putting innocent people behind bars. Thus there is no basis to continue attributing radical Islam to online and internet facilities when islamist narratives are codified in legislations that prevail in muslim majority countries such as Pakistan,  Nigeria and Indonesia.

One Response to Jailed for Eating during Ramadan in Tunisia

  1. Point of correction leo igwe, (writer), tunisia has people of other religions, there is judaism, christianity..etc this is line with quoran teaching that “there is no compulsion in religion” so the law of not eating during ramadam applies to moslems only, that’s why that person was arrested. Its like a law for motorists which does not affect pedestrians, cyclists..etc. if you give such importance to secular laws, others give same importance to religious laws. Unless it was a person of another faith ie christian or judaism, who was arrested for eating during ramadan, then you can start talking about “radical islam”. As it is right now this situation is actually “moderate islam”, because arrested were those who have agreed to be moslems and follow rules which promoted islamic values. Don’t call societies which try live by God’s laws “radical” and those living by satanic laws you call them “moderate”. Of cause there are bad eggs im every country but lets, respect religious laws as much as secular laws and stop demonising each other for things we have missunderstood.

    shema israel
    June 18, 2017 at 7:45 pm

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