I am pleased to provide this message on the occasion of Ramadan, marking the month in which the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed. Ramadan is a time for forgiveness, reflection and the renewal of faith. It is a time for charity, generosity and kindness towards others. The practices of Ramadan reflect a deep commitment, and I respect the devotion and discipline of all who fast for their faith. Ramadan is also a time for strengthening bonds between family and friends, as Iftar dinners are shared to break the fast each day. I take this opportunity to acknowledge the significant contribution of the Muslim – Australian community to our nation. We live in a country that has long been an exemplar of how people of different faiths and cultures can not only live harmoniously together but find unity in diversity. I send my best wishes to everyone observing the holy month of Ramadan.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has issued a message on the occasion of the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, which is as follows: Our best wishes go to the many Muslims in Australia and around the world who are observing the Ramadan month of fasting. Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, encourages Muslims to refocus their minds on faith and redirect their hearts to charity, so that they can understand the lives and experience of those who are less fortunate than they are. Australia is the most successful multicultural society in the world. And the key to our success is mutual respect; for each other and for our democratic way of life under the rule of law. From our family to yours, Ramadan Mubarak