Eleven persons have been arrested by officials of the Kano State Hisbah Board for defaulting during the ongoing Ramadan fast.
Muslims taking part in Ramadan do not eat or drink anything during daylight hours, they eat one meal (the ‘suhoor’ or ‘sehri’) before dawn and another (the ‘iftar’) after sunset.
The Director-General of the Hisbah board, Dr Aliyu Musa Kibiya, confirmed that three males and eight females were arrested after they were caught eating in the daytime during Ramadan.
Kibiya says that it is compulsory for every adult in the state to participate in the fasting during the Islamic holy month.
“We will investigate and if they have cogent reasons we will release them. Those found wanting will however be enlightened and even prosecuted if need be” Dr. Kibiya said
However, he added that women on their menstruation period , old people and traveler are allowed to eat.
“Fasting is compulsory for healthy, adult Muslims in the month of Ramadan except for the travellers, menstruating women or old people.” he added