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You can’t drink in Tikrit anymore

Karwan Salhi – Salahadin

“Haram or bad for my health, it’s me and my body, not yours to decide,” Qaduri was responding to Tikrit authorities.
The concerns of Mustafa Qaduri is that he cannot find liquor in his city anymore, as the city’s administration prohibited its sale.
The decision to do so was signed by Ahmed Abdulla al-Jabouri, governor of Salahadin, of which Tikrit is also a district. When it was filed to the police stations and the mayorship, they realised that they should force all liquor stores to close down, due to “the social traits” of the community.
Qaduri downplayed the decision by citing a proverb, “all prohibited things are in demand”. He said the decision could not block the demand or the desire of people for liquor.
The decision is for all the province, which has 1.5 million people, located in the north of Baghdad with eight districts and 15 towns.

Mostly traditional with religious and social norms, the province does not allow liquor stores

The communication director for Salahadin governor told KirkukNow, “The province is traditional with social and religious norms, with tribal traits which do not allow selling liquor.”
The decision, he said, followed a request by the tribal and religious figures to close down liquor stores.
Prior to the decision, Tikrit had three liquor stores, and all opened after the fall of the Islamic State.

Liquor stores are not allowed in Tuz Khurmatu. Photo: Hardi Abdulla

Liquor stores are not allowed in Tuz Khurmatu. Photo: Hardi Abdulla

During the rule of the Islamic State (2014-2017), all individual liberties were restricted, with the death punishment to selling liquor.
The director of Sunni Endowment in Tikrit, Wazaa Ali Abid, who had a role in the decree, said, “Through mosque preachers, and influential figures, we filed the request to the governor, and he welcomed our request.”
Abid cites religious reasons for his request, as liquor is not allowed in Islam, he said.
The Iraqi parliament took a similar step in October 2016, through allocating a municipality budget for banning the exportation and sale of the alcoholic drinks, with the punishment of 10 to 25 millions to those who will not be compliant.

As in the past, we are forced to go to the other provinces to buy drinks

Qaduri does not heed either decision, however, as he said, “As in the past, we are forced to go to the other provinces to buy drinks and buy it more expensive.”
Shargat youths could publicly enjoy liquor weeks ago, while such a thing no longer exists. Hurmuz Ashuri could issue a license to open the first liquor store in Shargat weeks ago, “At first, I started selling liquor in my car as it was illegal. Youths were taking my phone number and calling me for liquor. Later I decided to sell it publicly.”
It did not go well, as the head of Shargat District Salahadin Shaalan al-Jabouri decided to close it down on 11 July.
Although new, the decision compels youths to go far away for a drink.