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Those Who Skip Fasting Will Be Washed Like The Dead, Says Malacca Chief Minister

Those Who Skip Fasting Will Be Washed Like The Dead, Says Malacca Chief Minister

Businesses in Malacca are allowed to start their operation from 2pm during Ramadan.

Fernando Fong

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Traders and business operators in Malacca have been warned not to abet Muslims in skipping their fast during Ramadan.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali said those who ignored the warning will face possible punishment such as body washing for the dead.

In Islam, bathing the dead body is an essential ritual of the Sunnah of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, and therefore a part of the Islamic Sharia.

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We have already given traders the permission to open for business, so please respect this holy month. Both parties must not take advantage of this opportunity.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali warning traders and business operators.

Sulaiman, who is also the Lendu assemblyman, called on traders and business operators to be the eyes and ears of the authorities.

He wants them to keep a lookout for individuals who skip fasting, also known as the “black plastic” gang. 

Enforcement activities will be carried out by the Malacca Islamic Religious Department, and they will check on restaurants or food vendors where Muslims would dine in.

At the same time, Sulaiman urge traders and business operators to sell at a reasonable price.

Muslims in Malaysia begin the Ramadan fast today.

The start of the fasting month was announced by Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal Tan Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad.

Fasting And Islam

Fasting is meant to cultivate self-discipline and direct one’s heart away from distractions, as well as to cleanse one’s soul by freeing it of impurities. 

The meal that Muslims consume at dawn before fasting begins is called sahur.

Intentionally breaking the fast on any day in Ramadan is a major sin in Islam and requires repentance and an “atonement” or “expiation” called kaffarah.

An expiation (kaffarah) is a penalty that makes up for a violation.

During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset and perform religious duties, such as reading the Quran.


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