News Release

South Brisbane Faith Groups Unite During Ramadan

A diverse group of faiths gathered at Stockleigh Mosque in Brisbane’s south on Sunday 3rd July 2016 to celebrate the ritual of fasting, a common belief and practice among Muslims, members of the Baha’i faith and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Ramadan is a sacred time of the year for the 1.6 billion Muslims all around the world. The Holy month was a perfect opportunity for members of diverse faiths to come together in a spirit of unity. 

During Ramadan Muslims fast every day from sunrise to sunset, abstain from food and drink and pray regularly.

Similarly, members of the Baha’i faith believe that fasting awakens spirituality and softens hearts. 

Syed Mubarak and Caleb Timu

Participants including members of the Brisbane Australia Logan Stake (diocese) were surprised at the similarities between the similar approach to fasting as a way to draw nearer to their God.

Event organiser Ahsin Waris was impressed with the success of the evening and found the open panel discussion that took place particularly informative.

“This event for me was an eye opener about the similarities we as different faiths and communities have. I learnt so much on the night and was intrigued by the answers given by all panelists.”

Those who attended took the opportunity to share how fasting promotes greater faith and spirituality. The group shared a ‘fast-breaker’ meal and expressed enthusiasm to meet together again in the near future.

“Our community members were humbled by the love and friendliness of all the youth members attending. I for sure am excited and ready to do this again,” said Mr Waris. 

The event was featured in a newspaper article in the Jimbooma Times. Read the full article here.

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