Australia urges tolerance, love as Ramadan begins
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said Ramadan, with its focus on compassion, restraint and charity, is a fitting moment to affirm these eternal values.
"I join Australia's Muslim community in welcoming the beginning of this holy month and all the peace and fulfillment it may bring. Ramadan Mubarak," he said in a message shared by the Australian High Commission here on Tuesday.
The Australian Prime Minister said across their country, there are prayers as well not just in mosques but in churches, synagogues and temples as well.
"This is what conquers evil. This is what conquers hate. Understanding will conquer division, tolerance will conquer fear, and love will always triumph over all," said Morrison.
During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims across Australia and the world observe sacred traditions commemorating the miraculous revelation of the Qur'an, he said adding, "For the Muslim community, it is a time for prayers and fasting, and for reflection and intense devotion."
The Australian Prime Minister said their Muslim community is an integral part of the rich tapestry that is multicultural Australia. "Our shared commitment to tolerance, respect and inclusion binds us to one another, and makes our multicultural, multi-faith society one of the most harmonious in the world."
He said the recent terrible events in Christchurch are a reminder of why all must strive to continually strengthen these ideals.
"In the days that followed the terrorist atrocity, we saw Australians from all walks of life reach out to our New Zealand family. Our Muslim community led the way extending a hand to their brethren in New Zealand," said the Australian Prime Minister. -UNB