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Shop closed down after owner sold his own urine instead of traditional camel urine [video}

Updated: Dec 16, 2019

The following happened in 2015, but is still worth a read. Saudi authorities have closed down a shop selling traditional camel urine drinks after discovering the owner had been filling the bottles with his own bodily waste.

Health inspectors swooped on a vendor in the port city of Al Qunfudhah, in south-western Saudi Arabia, and confiscated more than 70 full bottles.

The practice of drinking camel's urine mixed with milk is believed to date back centuries while some insist it has health benefits.

But the shopkeeper's business was closed down indefinitely amid claims he had been selling his own urine to unsuspecting customers.

The traditional camel urine drink is believed to have originated from a passage in the Hadith. The Hadith contains quotes from the prophet Muhammad and it says:

Sahih Bukhari Volume 001, Book 004, Hadith Number 234. Narated By Abu Qilaba : Anas said, "Some people of 'Ukl or 'Uraina tribe came to Medina and its climate did not suit them. So the Prophet ordered them to go to the herd of (Milch) camels and to drink their milk and urine (as a medicine). So they went as directed and after they became healthy, they killed the shepherd of the Prophet and drove away all the camels. The news reached the Prophet early in the morning and he sent (men) in their pursuit and they were captured and brought at noon. He then ordered to cut their hands and feet (and it was done), and their eyes were branded with heated pieces of iron, They were put in 'Al-Harra' and when they asked for water, no water was given to them." Abu Qilaba said, "Those people committed theft and murder, became infidels after embracing Islam and fought against Allah and His Apostle."

The World Health Organisation (WHO), however, has warned against drinking it.

In June 2015, amid an outbreak of the MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) virus, the group specifically issued a health warning against the practice which they feared would spread the condition.

Advice published on their website read: 'Food hygiene practices should be observed. People should avoid drinking raw camel milk or camel urine.'

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