The Canberra Multicultural Forum supports the ACT’s Muslim community as it continues to observe the Holy Month of Ramadan, Chair Sam Wong said today.
“Ramadan is one of the great faith celebrations, marked by Muslims throughout the world – a time for reflection and introspection,” Mr Wong said. “A key part of this observance is fasting between dawn and dusk. During daylight hours devout Muslims will not even take water. “I have nothing but admiration for this example of dedication and self-sacrifice over a full month. The example set is a lesson to us all.”
Mr Wong said it could be even more stressful and difficult for Muslims to observe Ramadan in countries where they are in a minority. “In the Islamic world arrangements are made – many employers do not insist on a full working day. Obviously this is not the case in Australia,” he said. “I would call on employers, teachers and the community in general to remember that this is the Ramadan period and to respect and support their Muslim friends and colleagues in their observance.”
Mr Wong said there was bipartisan recognition for Ramadan, with all three parties represented at the recent dinner to mark the beginning of the holy season in the ACT.
“It is very gratifying to hear the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, John Hargreaves, his Liberal Shadow, Steve Doszpot and the Greens’ spokesperson on Multicultural Affairs, Amanda Bresnan, follow each other to the microphone to voice support not only Ramadan, but the spirit or harmony and multiculturalism in the ACT,” he said.
“With the issue of assaults on overseas students elsewhere in Australia sadly back in the news, we are in need of statements such as these.”
Muslims in the ACT can gain support and guidance by listening to Radio Ramadan, on FM103.1, 24 hours a day and through Radio CIC on Valley FM89.5