Ramadan – A Time to Consider the Poor and Needy
; published on August 2, 2011 at 10:12 am
The Islamic Council of Victoria (‘ICV’) is the peak body for Muslim organisations in Victoria, Australia. The ICV represents Victoria’s more than 120,000 Muslims; through its 41 member organisations located throughout metropolitan Melbourne and rural Victoria.
The ICV takes this opportunity to wish Australia Ramadan Mubarak, a blessed Ramadan.
Ramadan is the holiest month of the Islamic calendar. It is the month Muslims believe the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the prophet Muhammad 1400 years ago.
Fasting is the fourth pillar of Islam, and able-bodied Muslims fast in Ramadan from sunrise to sunset.
“Feeling those pangs of hunger we are reminded of the thousands of people around the world who have to endure that kind of hunger every day, “stated President Hyder Gulam.
“I pray that we all benefit from this holy month. That we all take the time to reflect on how we as individuals can better ourselves and emulate the beautiful qualities of the prophet in our dealings with others, Muslims and non-Muslims.”
Ramadan is a month where Muslims are required to give Zakat (charity) to those less fortunate.
“We are pleased to announce that the ICV has, for the first time, launched a local zakat appeal to assist the poor and needy here in Australia. Traditionally, Muslims have given their zakat money overseas, however our dealing with grassroots indicates that there are many individuals here in Australia struggling to get by on a daily basis and are eligible for zakat,” stated ICV committee member Nadeem Hussain. “This appeal has been endorsed by several leading Imams here in Australia.”