Community joins in to break the fast

Members of the Gippsland Muslim community have come together on Fridays this month to break their fast with an evening meal and donate to charity.

During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims spend the daylight hours fasting from food and drink in an attempt to gain an understanding of how those who are less privileged than them feel.

The fast is broken at sunset and it is customary for Muslims to invite neighbours and friends for the evening meal.

These community ‘Iftars’ were organised by the Monash University Islamic Society, supported by the Gippsland Australian Muslim Community Incorporated and held at Federation University’s student lounge.

On Friday, 3 July the meal was hosted by the United Muslim Sisters of the Latrobe Valley, with about 100 people in attendance.

Those who attended were asked to bring non-perishable items to donate to the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre foodbank.

ASRC have made essential items accessible to about 200 asylum-seeking families.

Ramadan will end with the sighting of the new moon on either 17 or 18 July.