RTÉ One will broadcast ‘Ramadan diaries’ before ‘Six One’ news on Saturdays.
RTÉ has turned down calls by a prominent Muslim scholar in Ireland to broadcast a call to prayer for the next month to mark the end of the Ramadan fasting period each day.
The ninth month of the Muslim year, Ramadan begins on Monday and more than a billion Muslims around the world do not eat or drink between dawn and sunset.
In Ireland it coincides with the longest days of the year. Muslim rise daily at at about 2.30am for the Suhur meal. Their next meal, Iftar, takes place at about 10pm. However, the times vary on a daily basis.
Last year, Germany’s public television and radio broadcaster Bayerischen Rundfunk broadcast prayers from a mosque marking the end of Ramadan on its evening schedules.
In 2013 Britain’s Channel 4 became the first mainstream TV company in the United Kingdom to broadcast a daily morning prayer during Ramadan. The other daily four prayer times were aired on its website.
However, RTÉ turned down the request from Ali Selim, the main spokesman for the Clonskeagh mosque in Dublin, saying that it could not be done because TV schedules were fixed, but the end of Ramadan was not.