Alexandrian people left in worry for integrity of their fast after the local radio has mistakenly broadcasted Azan ElMaghreb (Calls for dusk prayers) seven minute earlier than it was due. (Reuters)
CAIRO - 31 May 2018: Residents of Alexandria broke their fast on the 14th day of Ramadan seven minutes before Azan Al Maghreb was due; confusion and controversy ensued.
On Wednesday night, and seven minutes before Azan Maghreb (call for dusk prayers) – which marks the end of fasting, the local radio of Alexandria that is affiliated to state-run television and Radio Union (Maspero) broadcasted Azan Al Maghreb.
The incident left Alexandrians in worry for the integrity of their fasting.
Hosni Mubarak, the representative of the governorate of Alexandria in the House of Representatives demanded the officials responsible for this “blunder error” to be held accountable through snappy investigations.
“They made a whole population of 5 million people doubt their fasting; everybody involved would bear the sin committed,” he added in press remarks.
“Whoever was affected by this error has had his fast correct and there is no need to make up for this day,” member of Al Fatwa (religious edicts) council of Al Azhar, Saleh Abdel hamid said.
Hamid stated that people who broke their fast to Al Maghreb call for prayers broadcasted on the Radio have already had their fasting to last until the sun has set and thus they do not bear any sins for any other mistake they did not have any hand in.
An immediate inquiry into the incident has been launched by Nadia Mabrouk, chairwoman of the Egyptian National Radio, in order to pin down the real causes behind the error.