'Bars for Ramadan' article sparks online backlash
July 25th, 2012
07:45 PM ET
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An English-language magazine in Dubai has been accused of disrespecting Islam by recommending places to drink during Ramadan.

Time Out Dubai, a popular city guide in the Emirate, published the offending article in its Ramadan issue, which promised to help readers "make the most of the Holy Month."

The story, headlined "5 to try: bars in Ramadan," listed bars in the city that were remaining open throughout Ramadan, giving their hours of operation.

During Ramadan, a month in the Islamic calendar for fasting and piety, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk, and prohibitions against behaviors considered sinful, such as drinking alcohol, are more keenly observed.

After the magazine tweeted a link to an online version of the article, it was circulated by influential Emirati users of the social media site, prompting an online campaign using the #stoptimeoutdubai hashtag.

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  3. Carn E. Vore

    Headline: Religious Nuts Go Nuts Over Something That Goes Against Their Ridiculous, Ignorant Superstition

    Just copy and paste that as necessary whenever some ignoramus gets his feelings hurt over his moronic beliefs.

    July 27, 2012 at 9:48 am |
  4. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Maybe they serve good food. This is a fast from dawn til dusk. When the sun sets, how about a snack and a glass of wine? I'm guessing Islam has their share of extreme conservatives, part-time practitioners, and violent extremists. Just like any other religion.

    July 26, 2012 at 10:19 am |
  5. The Jihn

    The funny thing as a Muslim we are not supposed to drink, EVER. The irony is the Arabs were the first to embrace Islam yet the Arabs currently are the worst example of what a Muslim is. They wear gold wish is not allowed in Islam and they prounce around in their lambohghini's and have sex with foreign prostiutes in the UAE, another thing not allowed in Islam. It is a shame that they have any bars open in that country.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:15 am |
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