The British newspaper The Independent reported that the men were held in cages for several hours before receiving 70 lashes and being tied to a cross.
According to Islam, over 10 days during Ramadan the first revelations descended upon the prophet Mohammed, and Muslims are expected to abstain from all food and drink from dawn until dusk to commemorate this period. However, since there is no clear indication as to when the first chapters of the Koran were revealed, Muslims fast the entire month so as not to miss the 10 particular days that shaped their religion.
But there are some who reject the notion of fasting. Samer Zahalka, a resident of Nazareth and a father of four, says he has never fasted and has no intention of doing so in the future.
“I am a believer, but religion is something very personal,” he told Israel Today. “Clerics cannot dictate to me what to do. If the first revelations of the...
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