Islamic Museum of Australia director Sherene Hassan
We’re currently in the middle of the Holy month of Ramadan. During this month, millions of Muslims around the world fast from sunrise to sunset and observe the tenets of Islam.
A few months ago, the Islamic Museum of Australia opened in Victoria. As well as displaying art and artefacts, the museum also displays stories about the first Muslims in Australia, who started visiting before European settlers.
Islamic Museum of Australia director Sherene Hassan chatted to us about how the museum has been changing minds, dispelling misconceptions and educating the public about Islam. She also talks about her own experiences celebrating Ramadan growing up in Australia – from primary school to her work and family life.
Many Muslim women wear scarves and veils as part of their religion. But that doesn’t mean they can’t look good while doing it. The Faith, Fashion and Fusion exhibition traveling around Australia is celebrating the rise in fashion designers creating clothes for Muslim women.
One woman involved in the exhibition is Mona Marabini, who wears a hijab. While she was holidaying on the Sunshine Coast, she chatted to us on the phone about her thoughts on how non-Muslims perceive Islam and why the hijab is important to her.
The holy month of Ramadan is underway for Muslims. Sri Lankan-Australian Macky Markar from Brisbane is taking part in Ramadan while juggling study time. He explains to Where Are You From? about what he’s doing during Ramadan, what it’s about and some common misconceptions about Islam.