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Under new rules, Muslim inmates
in L.A. County jails observe Ramadan

Los Angeles Times, by Cindy Chang

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Posted By:JoniTx, 7/27/2014 1:43:09 PM

The inmate in blue jail-issue scrubs turned toward Mecca and sang the midday call to prayer heard at Muslim places of worship around Southern California on the last Friday of Ramadan. About 80 other inmates, many wearing traditional caps called kufis with their jail uniforms, sat in the pews of a chapel in Men´s Central Jail during the service led by a volunteer imam. Before sunrise, the inmates had consumed a breakfast of eggs, peanut butter and jelly, a banana and milk that conformed to Muslim dietary rules. Now they were fasting until their evening meal, which they would eat

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 7/27/2014 1:52:05 PM     (No. 9942139)

I see no problem with this. The worst offenders, the volaile ones, are in Twin Towers and this is not available to them.

Many of these men are older. Anything that keeps them on a better path than they are on (as some say this does) is fine. Not every concession is a bad thing, and this one seems to be appropriate and well managed.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mc squared, 7/27/2014 1:55:05 PM     (No. 9942141)

Before we grant them anything, see if they cheer or not when a terrorist bomb kills and injures dozens of innocents.

If they´re saddened, let them pray.



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Reply 3 - Posted by: M2, 7/27/2014 3:26:14 PM     (No. 9942224)

Do Christians get to have church services by a prison chaplain every Sunday?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: The Advocate, 7/27/2014 3:36:05 PM     (No. 9942234)

Why are we using tax dollars to cater to these savages?
What´s next? Foot baths? Bursa and niqab so for women inmates?
Not all Muslims are terrorists - but most terrorists are Muslim.
ROP? No observing Muslim customs or holidays in prison until they renounce terrorism.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 7/27/2014 5:26:44 PM     (No. 9942343)

Re #4, in tis jail, yes. Christians and Jews have had regular access to services. And to chaplains. The Muslims were shorted because there were not enough volunteer imams. The rules changed and inmates can lead these sessions under the direction of a sheriff´s dept. staff member.

Services are held in the Men´s Central Jail "chapel", which I imagine is a pretty spartan meeting room of some sort.

From the article:

An inmate in light green scrubs and a black kufi took the pulpit, counseling his fellow Muslims to keep their faith when they leave the jail.

"You don´t want to be my age and still coming up these stoops," he said. "Don´t be no Jumu´ah Muslim or no penitentiary Muslim."

Inmate Malcolm Moore, 61, read a passage from the Koran about patience. In the end, he said, "You don´t need a prayer rug to pray."

The volunteer imam, Adel Schumann, spoke about why Muslims fast during Ramadan.

"If you can control the core needs of your body … it´s easier to restrain yourself from committing sins," he said.


I see nothing wrong with this.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 7/27/2014 5:29:58 PM     (No. 9942346)

(cont´d)
There are no extra costs generated by this. All of the religious counselors in the jail - pastors, rabbis, imams - are volunteers.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 7/27/2014 5:30:53 PM     (No. 9942348)

Should have mentioned priests in that last bit.

All volunteer their services.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/28/2014 1:22:12 AM     (No. 9942595)

That´s really warm and fuzzy. The only thing missing was why they were in jail.



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