Every year during Ramadan Australian Muslim Voice broadcast a radio programme 24 hours a day every day in Canberra.
For 20 years we have been continuing to bring the most up-to-date lectures, talks and information about Islam. We remain the only radio in Australia that broadcasts all programs in English.
Live programs every afternoon is the very successful children's show which includes interactive talk back with fun, games and prizes with the aim of encouraging the children to understand their faith.
The remainder of the program is a mixture of talks and lectures by well known and reputable scholars from the English speaking world covering topics including theology, law, history, Islamic etiquette and culture. We also intertwine programs with music from around the Muslim world. The call to prayer is broadcast five times a day.
Australian Muslim Voice would like to wish you all a happy month of Ramadan.
The number to call to participate in the children's programme is 6232 6823.
Canberra Eid al-Fitr Festival
Sunday 26th July 2015
From 10am to 4pm
Fitzroy Pavilion, Exhibition Park In Canberra
Flemington Road, Mitchell, ACT
(entries from Flemington Road and Stirling Avenue (off Northbourne Avenue)
Stage performance starts at 12:30 pm
Celebrations at the end of fasting during Ramadan is the three days of celebration following the completion of the month of Ramadan and Muslims all over the world celebrate this occasion. In Canberra we take the opportunity to hold a festival on the first Sunday following the end of Ramadan.
This year the festival will be at the Fitzroy Pavilion at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), providing very well needed enclosed facilities with heating! For the comfort of our patrons there will be more chairs and tables where you can come together as a family and enjoy the day.
There will be lots of stalls selling variety of foods, handicrafts, clothes, books and more. There will also be lots of amusement rides, pony rides, snakes and lizards, baby farm animals and more.
There will be fun rides including, dodgem cars, jumping castle, and train rides. And all sorts of animal shows including reptile, animal petting farm and pony rides.
The stage performance will start at 12:30 pm and will include folkloric and cultural shows and of course prizes won on radio will officially be presented to the winners on stage.
This is a family fun day celebrating the end of the month of Ramadan. The Muslim community of Canberra welcomes everyone to the festival and we encourage you to join in our religious celebrations.
This year the event is being advertised as part of the Centenary of Canberra Celebrations at http://www.canberra100.com.au/calendar/view/1024/eid-al-fitr-festival-/ and supported by the Australian Federal Police.
if you would like a stall at the festival or you might be interested in joining the organising committee please E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the month of Ramadan
Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar (Hijri) which lasts for 29 or 30 days. The month of Ramadan changes every year and moves backward by 11 days (as it follows lunar calendar) and hence it takes about 34 years to move throughout the year.
Muslims believe Ramadan to be an auspicious month as it was in this month God (Allah) revealed to humankind the first verses of the Qu’ran to the beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessing be upon Him).
During this month Muslims fast and refrain from eating and drinking during the daylight hours and only eat in the evening. Muslims are reminded that they fast for the sake of God and to offer more prayers than usual during this month. The month is also intended to teach Muslims about patience, humility, and spirituality.
It is incumbent on every Muslim (man, woman and child) to pay Zakaah al-Fitr, a predetermined amount of money before the end of the month of Ramadan. In Australia that amount is $10 and is often paid to aid agencies or organisations helping the poor. The other Zakaah al-Maal (alms) should be paid once in a lunar year and equates to 2.5% (or 1/40) of an individual’s savings. This can be paid directly to the poor or through aid agencies or organisations helping the poor. It is encouraged to give Zakaah al-Maal during the month of Ramadan as the benefits are manifold.
Once Ramadan is over and the very next day Muslims put on their best and new clothes and offer early morning special communal Eid al-Fitr (Festival of Breaking the Fast) prayers. People wish each other ‘Happy Eid’ or Happy Festival and often eat sweets and then visit family and friends and celebrate for the next three days.