Thursday, June 18 2015
Australia’s Muslims welcome Ramadan
Today is the first day of the holy month of Ramadan in which Australia’s Muslims will fast from dawn to dusk for the next 30 days, abstaining from food and drink.
ICV President Ghaith Krayem, expressed his sincere wishes to all Australians, “Today Muslims across Australia are beginning their holy month of Ramadhan which is a time for deep reflection and worship as well as a time for family and friends. I want to wish everyone a blessed month of fasting and extend my well-wishes to all Australians to embrace the cultural diversity of this nation that makes its such a vibrant and strong society.”
Ramadan like many of Australia’s religious activities, is an important religious period that affects over 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and with the Muslim diaspora reaching many western nations it is vital to continue the dialogue of mutual understanding and respect that enriches the fabric of societies everywhere.
“As Muslims we are encouraged to share our meals with not just our immediate family but also with our neighbours and friends. It is a good opportunity to invite even our non-Muslim friends and share the spirit of Ramadan together,” Mr Krayem added.