Claim: U.S. troops stationed in Muslim countries are being ordered to fast and practice Sharia law during Ramadan.
Examples: [Collected via Facebook, June 2014]
Is this true? "Obama forces military to submit to sharia law during Ramadan"
Around the beginning of Ramadan in 2014, various Internet-based reports asserted that U.S. troops stationed in Muslim countries were being "forced to observe
Such claims were based on a single article from the military publication Stars and Stripes which has been greatly exaggerated in the telling. What that article actually reported is that some U.S. military personnel in Bahrain have been briefed about the significance of Ramadan, Navy personnel there have been ordered to dress more conservatively while off-base during that month, and troops have been reminded that activities such as eating, drinking, and smoking in public in the daytime during the month of Ramadan is a violation of local law (and as with other local laws, they can be detained by authorities for breaking them):
While not required to fast during Ramadan, in Bahrain, Americans can be fined or detained by local authorities for eating, drinking or smoking in public when off-base during daylight hours.
Navy officials are requiring U.S. personnel to dress more conservatively off-base during Ramadan. Although not a requirement by Bahraini authorities, the Navy is demanding that men wear long-sleeved shirts and women wear sleeved blouses that cover their elbows. Also, men must wear long trousers, and women should wear pants or skirts that cover the knees.
Last updated: 22 January 2016
Simoes, Hendrick. "US Personnel in Bahrain Prepare for Ramadan." Stars and Stripes. 26 June 2014.