Muslim women have been taking to Twitter to express their outrage at the fact they feel shamed for eating during Ramadan if they're on their period.
According to Islam, anyone whose health could be negatively effected by fasting is exempt from doing so during the month of Ramadan. This includes the elderly, the very young, the sick, and women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or on their period.
However, some Muslim women feel that even though they're exempt, they still feel ashamed for eating in public during Ramadan.
Twitter user @ launched the debate with a video on Twitter, accompanied by the text:
WHY. #MUSLIM. #WOMEN . SHOULD. NOT. FEEL. ASHAMED. TO. EAT. IN. PUBLIC. DURING. #RAMADAN. WHEN. THEY. HAVE. THEIR. PERIOD. #rant
In her video, she says:
When a girl is on her period she can't fast we know this.
So tell me why we’re looking at girls who are obviously Muslim and they're eating like they're doing haram [something forbidden by Islamic law].
Stop looking at me. If you are Muslim, you should know.