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Filming iftar meals harmful to religion: Saudi scholar

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RIYADH: A prominent Saudi scholar has issued an edict declaring that Muslims should not publicise iftar meals during the fasting month as it harms the religion.

“Filming such meals and pilgrims in the holy sites for publication purposes is harmful to the religion and worshipping activities,” Sheikh Saad bin Turki Al Khathlan, a member of the seven-man Supreme Scholars Committee in Saudi Arabia told the Saudi daily ‘Al-Jazirah’.

“Muslims should not show off by publicising iftar meals whether they are charity or other meals,” he said.

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Meanwhile, the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will distribute free iftar meals to motorists in an attempt to improve safety on the roads during Ramadan.

The initiative is part of a series of activities planned by the RTA to help keep road users safe and to strengthen community bonds.iftar 2

The agency will distribute 200 iftar meals each day to drivers at bus stations, with a mass iftar also planned for employees and company executives on June 10 and June 20.

Moaza Al Marri, director of marketing and corporate communication at the RTA’s corporate administrative support services sector, said it would be joining Zayed Humanitarian Day by distributing charitable supplies to 300 disadvantaged families in Dubai.

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A health initiative is being launched on social media, showing a 60-second clip of comments from experts, dieticians and sportsmen offering their ­insights and information about diets and Ramadan-related health messages.

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