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Iran: Boy Lashed for Breaking Ramadan Fast, Dies

By November 23, 2004

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Ramadan is an especially holy time for Muslims - the entire month is taken up by fasting and various festive events. Breaking one's fast during Ramadan days is treated very harshly. In Iran, it cost a 14-year-old boy his life.

Iran Press News reports that he had received 85 lashes for breaking the fast and died afterwards:

[T]he young man´s identity has not been disclosed. He was scheduled for burial on Saturday, November 13th (after 3 days at the local morgue), in the cemetery of Beheshteh Mohammadi in Sanandadj. However due to the public´s realization of the events surrounding the boy´s circumstances the cemetery was stormed [in protest] and his burial did not take place.

The report doesn't explain whether people stormed the cemetery because they were angry at the boy and didn't want him buried there or if they were angry at the boy being killed for his infraction and were attacking the injustice of the whole situation. I hope that it was the latter, but considering how irrational and inhumane a mob mentality can get we can't exclude the possibility of the former. A sad commentary on the state of the human race, isn't it?

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September 2, 2009 at 8:48 am
(1) wawa says:

Hi, this appears to be an old post but I just happened to read it and thought I’d comment on it. This is cruel and inhumane as you said and what I think, and hope, is an extremeley rare case. Despite what you may or may not think, this is not what Islam teaches. It teaches compassion and rationality. Ramadan itself is a time of selflessness and compassion for the poor and hungry. Children are not usually expected to fast, and if someone finds it difficult to fast and it becomes dangerous to their health for them to continue doing so, they should break their fast. No one should fast if they are too weak to or if they need to eat normally because they are still growing, for example; that is why the elderly, children and pregnant women are exempt. That a boy of 14 should be punished so harshly for breaking his fast is totally illogical, and I hope you don’t think that this is something all Muslims would support or agree with.

January 6, 2012 at 7:48 am
(2) Kris says:

Surely, you will agree that islam is as islam does.

November 12, 2010 at 6:39 am
(3) Observer says:

Any religion that tries to ‘impose’ its tenets on people is not at all a religion in the true sense of what religion is.

December 3, 2010 at 9:57 am
(4) Delcycer says:

No one should fast if they are too weak to or if they need to eat normally because they are still growing, for example; that is why the elderly, children and pregnant women are exempt. Also, how do magnets work?

January 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm
(5) OZAtheist says:

“Any religion that tries to ‘impose’ its tenets on people is not at all a religion in the true sense of what religion is.”

What sort of non sense is this Observer? Religions always try to impose their tenets on people, and when they get into positions of authority do so ruthlessly as we can see today in Islamic countries today, and we don’t need to go back too far in history to see the same in Christian countries.

Wawa writes in defense of the fasting ritual and only seems critical of the severity of the punishment given to the boy.

Delcycer seems supportive of the ritual also and then throws in a question about magnets! Does he think that the mechanism explaining how magnets work is one of the great unanswered questions?

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