RAMADAN is observed by Muslims around the world as a month of fasting to commemorate “the best of times”. It celebrates the first time the Koran was revealed to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief.
The Australian National Imams Council has declared that the holy month of Ramadan for this year (1439H – 2018) will begin on Thursday 17th of May 2018. The first night of the Taraweeh prayer will be on Wednesday 16 May after sunset
The beginning and end of Ramadan are determined by the lunar Islamic calendar.
Hilal, the crescent, is usually a day or more after the astronomical new moon.
The “night of power” or “night of decree” is considered the holiest night of the year, as Muslims believe the first revelation of the Koran was sent down to Muhammad on this night.
It’s thought to have occurred on an odd-numbered night during the last 10 days of Ramadan – the 21, 23, 25, 27 or 29th.
The holiday of Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and the beginning of the next lunar month.
This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. It is said that Muslims engage in increased prayer and charity during Ramadan; and that Ramadan is also a month where Muslims try to practice increased self-discipline.
A common greeting is Ramadan Mubarak, which means “have a blessed Ramadan”.
Shepparton is blessed with four mosques and an abundance of tolerance of the different faith communities: Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian and others, including Hindus and Baha’i. Tolerance and equality are practised on a daily basis. Shepparton is ever ready to accomodate those who come to settle here. This is one of the shining strengths of Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley.
The Shepparton Interfaith network greets all Muslims with Ramadan Mubarak. A month of fasting brings in its wake the strong sense of inner purpose, perseverance and tolerance of others. The example of the Prophet Muhammad recalling the presence of Allah with the heart is worthy of consideration and spiritual reflection. We wish all Muslims in the Goulburn Valley spiritual abundance in this time of prayer and fasting.
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