BEIRUT: Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani condemned marketing propaganda for “creating deplorable links between Ramadan and recent entertainment programs,” in a statement Thursday.
“[The links] offended religious feeling and distorted the image of Ramadan, which occupies a high position of respect for Muslims,” said Qabbani, who opposed using religious occasions to promote media content.
According to the grand mufti, promotions across television and radio stations obliterate pure spirituality and transform Ramadan into a month of entertainment.
Qabbani called on competent authorities to “put an end to the media’s debauchery, which contradicts religious values and feelings.”
He also urged public and private institutions to respect religious feelings during the holy month, asking them to abstain from cheap advertising, and revoke any inappropriate content when released.
“If these institutions remain silent and indifferent, they [become] true partners in the abuse toward Muslims’ feelings,” he concluded.
The Abra Municipality in the coastal city of Sidon released a memo Wednesday, urging citizens to respect practicing Muslims during Ramadan and abstain from eating in public.
In his memo, Mayor Walid Nicolas al-Mchantaf stressed the importance of showing consideration during the holy month and refraining from dining at restaurants and cafes during the fasting period.