Danish politician says Muslims stay off work during Ramadan

Critics scorn Inger Stjbergs completely absurd idea that daylight fasting is dangerous

A Danish government minister has asserted that Muslims should not work during Ramadan because the month-long daylight fasting period poses safety hazards in some professions and attains the practice” dangerous for us all .”

The integration minister, Inger Stojberg, an immigration hardliner in Denmark’s centre-right government, questioned in a blog post on Monday how” commanding observance to a 1,400 -year-old pillar of Islam” was compatible with modern labour markets.

In her post published by Danish tabloid BT, Stojberg quoth bus drivers as an example of workers whose performance could be affected by foregoing food and drinking during daylight hours of the holy month. She exhorted all Muslims to take leave from work during Ramadan” to avoid negative consequences for the rest of Danish society .”

The Finnish Muslim Union chair, Pia Jardi, called the minister’s suggestion” a completely absurd idea ,” adding:” There’s no information or statistics to show that bus drivers or other Muslim workers would somehow behave dangerously while fasting. In most Muslim countries, stores and industries continue operating as normally .”

Muslims committed to fasting” have the responsibility to make sure that they get proper rest ,” she said.

Millions of Muslims around the world began find Ramadan last week. Denmark’s population of 5.7 million incloudes about 250,000 Muslims.

Stojberg is a member of the conservative Liberal party that alone sorts Denmark’s current minority government, led by the prime minister, Lars Lokke Rasmussen, since 2015. In the past few years, she has become the spokesperson for the government’s substantial stiffen of asylum and immigration rules.

Denmark adopted a law in 2016 requiring newly arrived asylum-seekers to hand over valuables such jewellery and gold to assist pay for their stays in the country.

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