The month of Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic Calendar, it lasts around 29 – 30 days and is based on the visual sighting of the crescent moon. The Holy Month is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and is observed by the global Muslim community as the month of fasting to honour and remember the first revelation of the Holy Qur’an given to the Prophet Muhammad, may peace and blessing be upon him, by the Archangel Gabriel.
During the month of Ramadan, Muslims around the globe abstain from worldly desires, including the consumption of any food or fluids from dawn, when the Fajr prayer enters, until sunset when the Maghreb prayer enters.
Fasting is a practice of temporary disengagement and self-mastery, strengthening one’s resolve against one’s own desires. It is not only abstaining from food and drink, the fast is also a fast of the tongue, such as lying and speaking ill of others, a fast of the mind, sight and actions. During the Holy Month performing good acts is particularly encouraged.
Each year the LMA host the faithful at Lakemba mosque and provide a free community iftar to ensure all those observing Ramadan have the opportunity to break their fast with freshly prepared food. The LMA endeavour to feed over 500 people each day for the entire month.
The LMA also facilitate Tarawih prayers at Lakemba mosque so members of the community can come together to perform the special congregational prayer after the night prayer. During this special evening prayer, members of the community will aim to read the entire Qur’an over the course of Ramadan.
Lakemba Mosque becomes a bustling community hub during Ramadan and is lit up in beautifully coloured lights to help create a festive atmosphere. It also hosts many street stalls and food trucks to feed the congregation who attend the Mosque daily during the long nights of Ramadan.
To view this years Ramadan prayer times, download the LMA Ramdan Calendar.