Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting.
Regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam, Muslims fast from dawn until sunset and refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual relations.
Food and drinks are consumed daily before dawn and after sunset.
As Ramadan came to a close yesterday, staff from Auburn Hospital provided an insight in what Ramadan means to them.
Here’s some of their stories:
Nurse Sabera Nabizadah, originally from Afghanistan, described Ramadan as a peaceful, calm and blessed time for her family.
“During the month, we pray, fast, give to charity and do not sin,” she said.
“I don’t eat or drink between 5.20am and 5.20pm; after 5.20pm, I eat whatever I feel like.”
Lebanon-born patient services assistant Omar Alameddine described Ramadan as his religion.
He said fasting for a month gave hope to people who don’t have enough food to eat.
“Giving to charity is important during Ramadan; everyone in my family donates $15 towards a charity of their choice to help feed people in countries like Africa”, he said.
“It’s easy to get through the day without food or water. I don’t get hungry but in the evening, I do enjoy a BBQ, chips and sausages.
“When Ramadan is nearly finished, I almost cry because of the emotions I feel.”
Nurse Agus Ngabidin described Ramadan as a time for training the body to understand the function of life.
“I enjoy participating in Ramadan in Australian because it’s held during winter,” he said.
“In Indonesia, it’s hot and humid and it’s harder for me, especially when you sweat and need water.”