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Angela Merkel Exempts Islamic Markets from Taxation in Ramadan

Merkel Attends Ramadan Iftar, Says Islam Belongs to Germany

Rabat – German Chancellor Angela Merkel signed a decision on June 4, 2016, to exempt owners of Islamic markets and restaurants from taxes during the month of Ramadan.

According to Arabic Russia Today, the decision was taken to allow these Islamic restaurants to lower food prices for Muslims during the holy month.

At a reception in Berlin, on Tuesday evening, on the occasion of Ramadan in the presence of representatives of different faiths, the German Chancellor called for mutual appreciation of religions.

The Chancellor said that the vast majority of Muslims are righteous and constitutionalist citizens, stressing that “it is obvious that Islam undoubtedly has become one component of Germany.”

 Senior officials and religious leaders of different faiths and prominent figures in politics and society attended the event, including general secretary of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, Nurhan Soykan; the president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Josef Schuster; the chairman of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, Heinrich Bedford-Strohm; and the president of the Central Committee of Catholics in Germany, Alois Glück.

In her ongoing attempts to bring all Germans together, the German chancellor attended an Iftar meal in Berlin last Ramadan, calling on all Germans and Europeans to respect Muslims and Islam, which is “a part of Germany.”

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