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.
Sujauddin Karimuddin recently spoke at an Iftar dinner for the Queensland Rohingya Community about the situation for the oppressed Rohingyan Muslim ethnic group in Burma and the importance of fasting during the month of Ramadan. He’s a case worker for asylum seekers in Brisbane with the Multicultural Development Association.
Before he came to Brisbane, Sujauddin lived in Burma in a Rohingyan village. Rohingyan Muslims are not considered citizens of Burma and face heavy discrimination.
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.