June 13, 2018
On Tuesday 5 June 2018, Community Industry Group staff members Amadis and Tessa joined board members Danna, Marlene and Alice as guests of the Sisters Cancer Support Group (www.scsg.org.au) for their Iftar Dinner at Dapto Ribbonwood Centre. Everyone in attendance was made to feel very welcome and enjoyed the meal of soup, chicken, rice, salad and sweets prepared by the group and their supporters.
Ramadan 2018 occurs from 17 May to 15 June. Traditionally it is a period of spiritual and inner reflection. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and it is during this time that Muslims fast (sick people, travellers, women in certain conditions and children are exempt from the fast). The daily period of fasting starts at the breaking of dawn and ends at the setting of the sun. The usual practice is to have a pre-fast meal “Suhoor” before dawn and a post-fast meal “Iftar” after sunset.
Iftar dinners are meant to be enjoyed in the company of others. Muslims break their fast in the company of not only their family and friends, but also with people whom they have never met before. Joining together with other Muslims and non-Muslims at the Iftar table increases feelings of inclusiveness and belonging.