Staff at Westmead Hospital’s maternity ward have marked Ramadan by decorating the ward with lights, star lanterns, candles, Islamic prayer beads and a prayer mat.
Ramadan is a month-long period of worship observed by Muslims around the world. It includes a period of fasting, spiritual reflection, prayer and the detachment from worldly pleasures.
Midwife Deema Taha said that Ramadan is a special month for her as it goes beyond fasting all day.
“It allows me to be more mindful of others who are less fortunate, and it’s a month of giving and appreciating what we have,” Deema said.
“We have two prayer rooms throughout Westmead Hospital, but we also added a prayer mat as part of the maternity ward’s Ramadan display to support nightly prayers.
“We do this not just for ourselves but for our patients too.”