BEIRUT: Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani slammed in a statement Thursday the broadcasting of some entertainment programs during the holy month of Ramadan, saying they offended Muslims.
Qabbani opposed using religious occasions to promote media content, arguing that promotions across television and radio stations obliterated pure spirituality and transformed Ramadan into a month of entertainment.
Qabbani called on the authorities to “put an end to the media’s debauchery, which contradicts religious values and feelings.”
He also urged state institutions to respect religious feelings during the holy month, asking them to revoke any inappropriate content if released.
“If these institutions remain silent and indifferent, they [become] true partners in the abuse toward Muslims’ feelings,” he concluded. Many soap operas are usually aired during the month of Ramadan, which is to start at the end of June.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 20, 2014, on page 3.