- As Muslims around the world observe the fasting period of Ramadan, a Danish minister has called on them to take leave from work
- The minister for immigration, integration and housing, Inger Stojberg, made this call on Monday, May 21
- Stojberg expressed fear that the fasting could affect safety and productivity
The Danish minister for immigration, integration and housing, Inger Stojberg on Monday, May 21, called on Muslims to take time off work during the fasting period of Ramadan, saying that the practice is "dangerous for all of us".
The minister previously stirred controversy in 2017 when she posted on Facebook a photo of her smiling and holding a cake to celebrate Denmark's 50th measure for toughening immigration laws, The New Indian Express reports.
NAIJ.com notes that Stojberg said: "I want to call on Muslims to take leave from work during the month of Ramadan to avoid negative consequences for the rest of Danish society.
"I wonder if a religious order commanding observance to a 1,400-year-old pillar of Islam is compatible with the society and labour market that we have in Denmark in 2018."
The minister also stated that she feared the fasting could affect "safety and productivity," giving as an example bus drivers who have neither had a drink nor eaten for more than 10 hours, saying "this can be dangerous for all of us".
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki, felicitated with Muslim faithful in the country for another opportunity afforded by the commencement of the Ramadan which is aimed at strengthening their devotion to the Almighty Allah.
Saraki in a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, also urged the entire Muslim Ummah to use the period to pray for continuous unity and peaceful coexistence in the country.
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