WATCH: Flying carpet-riding comic explains Ramadan to Berliners

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Yousef al-Amayra - part of a comedy collective that aims to combat stereotypes of Muslims - donned a fez for the motorised stunt

A poster for the neo-Nazi NPD party, with its slogan changed to read "Happy Ramadan" (Datteltaeter)
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A German comic has taken to a motorised flying carpet to explain Ramadan to the people of Berlin.

The video was made by Younes al-Amayra, part of the Datteltaeter (Date Carriers) collective of Muslim and non-Muslim German comics who aim to combat stereotypes of Muslims through satire, and has been viewed over half a million times.

The video opens with Amayra – wearing a fez and harem pants – stopping his flying carpet next to a poster advertising the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party.

Amayra changes the slogan “Good Travel Back Home!,” which is accompanied by an image of three people riding a magic carpet, to read “Happy Ramadan!”

He then gets back on the road bearing a placard reading “Want a Date?” to hand out the dried fruit, which is traditionally eaten by Muslims to break their day of fasting during Ramadan.

A previous project by the Datteltaeter collective satirised the Islamic State group with a parody advertisement featuring the heart-warming home lives of the militants, who celebrate the weekend by sharpening their knives and serving up sticks of dynamite for guests.  

 
This article is available in French on Middle East Eye French edition.