Fast road to feast for Muslims

By Makayla Bishop

Tens of thousands of Queensland Muslims will come together to celebrate the end of Ramadan on Tuesday night.

Ramadan, a month of dawn to sunset prayer and fasting, is the time for Muslims to dedicate their lives, show their faith and become closer to their God, Allah.

Now Ramadan is coming to an end it will be the time where the festivities and celebration start.

Islamic Council of Queensland member Imam Akram Buksh said the end of Ramadan was known as the Day of Eve, when the festivities and celebrations start.

“So basically what happens on that day is all the good things, a communal gathering which consists in Brisbane of 10,000 people who come to the Islamic college in Brisbane,” he said.

“We do a prayer together and the day after the Day of Eve is of celebration raising an achievement we share gifts and rides a lot of food just party just a huge party.”

Although the calendar of Ramadan is at an end, Imam Akram said Ramadan was time to act out the commandments from the Quran.

“It’s known as the golden opportunity where we do as much good deeds as possible,” he said.

The rituals last throughout the day, with morning prayer starting at 4am and evening prayers at 5pm.

Iman Akram said going without food throughout the day was manageable.

“Nothing changes at all, days are so short you have a little early breakfast in the morning,” he said.

“You’re pretty much just missing out on lunch but it’s not that difficult here in Australia.

“But other parts in the world when the days are longer are a lot harder.”

Dubai resident Danish Danial said he finds it a struggle to make it through the day without food.

“Well the hardest thing is basically that you feel tired for the whole day when you don’t eat especially when you have to work,” he said.

But he said he finds a way to get through it to live out his spiritual beliefs.

“On days when I’m not working I normally sleep for hours straight but when I’m working I focus on my work so I don’t actually think about getting hungry,” the 20-year-old said.

Imam Akram said he enjoyed the evening prayer the most during Ramadan.

“In the night prayers we recite the Quran from memory one chapter every day and we have congregations from between 200 and 800 people every day praying,” he said.

“That’s got to be my favourite I think.”

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