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Logan family invites Queensland Police chief to Ramadan feast in bid to break down cultural barriers
Written by ABC.net.au   
Monday, 06 July 2015

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Photo: Murat Coskun said he hoped breaking bread with other community members might help foster an appreciation of cultural diversity.

(ABC News: Courtney Wilson)

 

The daily family ritual of sitting down to dinner together has taken on a new significance for about half a million Australian Muslims observing the holy month of Ramadan.

They must abstain from all food and drink during daylight hours to purify the soul, refocus on God, and practice self-sacrifice.

The fast is broken every evening at sunset with special meals enjoyed together with family and friends.

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Muslims being 'smashed' in Australia, says Richmond footballer Bachar Houli
Written by Sydney Morning Herald   
Saturday, 27 June 2015

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Bachar Houli, a devout Muslim, believes Australians are now less tolerant of racist comments. Photo: Paul Kane

Richmond footballer Bachar Houli says Muslims in Australia are being "smashed" as a result of negative perceptions created in the media.

But Houli, a devout Muslim, believed Australians were now less tolerant of racist comments.

Speaking at an after dinner hosted by the AFL at Greater Western Sydney's Homebush headquarters on Wednesday night, Houli urged Muslims in the country to show patience.

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Ongoing dialogue addresses key issues
Written by Office of Multicultural Interests   
Monday, 22 June 2015
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Hon Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of Western Australia, Hon Dr Mike Nahan MLA, Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests, Hon Michael Mischin MLC, Attorney General, and Hon Liz Behjat MLC, Member for North Metropolitan Region, met with Muslim community leaders at the Office of the Premier on Tuesday 2 June.
 
 

Senior members of the State Government have met with Muslim community leaders as part of a government-led initiative to improve communications and address issues affecting the community.

This is the second time the two groups have met and issues discussed included social cohesion and countering violent extremism.

“This meeting underlines the value and importance of the Muslim community in Western Australia”, Minister Nahan said.

“It was also an opportunity to inform the community on the steps and initiatives undertaken by the State Government to safeguard the community, and to address some of the issues and concerns raised at our last meeting”, he said.

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Benefits of Ramadan
1. Fasting in Ramadan helps in achieving Taqwaa.


Allaah says: “O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous (achieve Taqwaa)” (Al-Baqarah, 2:183)

When we change our attitude while fasting and have a good mental state, we can achieve Taqwaa. Jabir ibn Abullah said,

“When you fast, your hearing, your vision, and your tongue should also fast by avoiding lies and sins. You should not abuse your servant. You should maintain your composure and dignity on the day you fast. Do not make your fasting day the same as your normal day.” (Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah)

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The Prophet’s Sermon on Ramadhan

Baihaqi reported on the authority of Salman Al-Farsi (Radhi Allah ‘Anh) that Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) delivered a sermon on the last day of the month of Sha’ban. In it he (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) said,

“O People! The month of Allah (Ramadan) has come with its mercies, blessings and forgivenesses. Allah has decreed this month the best of all months. The days of this month are the best among the days and the nights are the best among the nights and the hours during Ramadan are the best among the hours. This is a month in which you have been invited by Him (to fast and pray). Allah has honoured you in it. In every breath you take is a reward of Allah, your sleep is worship, your good deeds are accepted and your invocations are answered.

Therefore, you must invoke your Lord in all earnestness with hearts free from sin and evil, and pray that Allah may help you to keep fast, and to recite the Holy Qur’an. Indeed!, miserable is the o­ne who is deprived of Allah’s forgiveness in this great month. While fasting remember the hunger and thirst o­n the Day of Judgement. Give alms to the poor and needy. Pay respect to your elders, have sympathy for your youngsters and be kind towards your relatives and kinsmen. Guard your tongue against unworthy words, and your eyes from scenes that are not worth seeing (forbidden) and your ears from sounds that should not be heard.

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