Islam is a minority religion in Australia with only 2.25 per cent of Muslims. However, according to a study by three universities, half of Australians harbour anti-Muslim sentiments and a quarter are anti-Semitic; it is the biggest survey ever done on racism in this country.
One of the reason for being uncomfortable with cultural difference would be lack of knowledge. This video offers you basic yet important information about Muslim community. It covers several aspects of Ramadan including the spirit of the celebration, prayers, fasting.
Lee King and Abdul Rahman are Muslims who practice Ramadan during the holy month. Lee is a native-born Australian women who have married a Muslim for 10 years. Lee is now a sincere Muslim and finds out there are too many to explore about this religion. Lee and her children are practicing Islam in Brisbane. Through talking to Lee and Abdul, you will definitely gain a deeper knowledge of Muslims who call Australia home.
During the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs during the daylight hours. Fasting is not merely physical, but is rather the total commitment of the person’s body and soul to the spirit of the fast.
Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint; a time to cleanse the body and soul from impurities and re-focus one’s self on the worship of God. It is much more than just not eating and drinking.