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Labasa Muslims Observe Ramadhan

Muslims gathered at Valebasoga Jame Mosque in Labasa continue with the tradition of iftari (evening meal) schedule during the month of Ramadhan. Valebasoga Jame Mosque president Hussen Khan said they
23 Jun 2017 17:46
Labasa Muslims Observe Ramadhan

Muslims gathered at Valebasoga Jame Mosque in Labasa continue with the tradition of iftari (evening meal) schedule during the month of Ramadhan.

Valebasoga Jame Mosque president Hussen Khan said they have been observing iftari since 1992.

“This is a special time where people gather at the mosque to break their roza (fasting) in the evening,” Mr Khan said.

“I have been the president for 16 years and it is so joyful to see families bringing forth special food to enable all the devotees have something to break their fast.

There are some families originally from Valebasoga but residing in overseas countries such as Australia, New Zealand and United States of America, where they donate money and people at the mosque arrange the food.

Daily more than 100 people gather for iftari.

“We have continued with this tradition and we are looking forward to have a successful 29 or 30 days of fasting,” Mr Khan said.

“This month is strictly observed with days of pure fasting and nights of prayers.

For us fasting is a way of experiencing hunger and developing sympathy for the less fortunate.

Ramadhan is a month of intensive worship, reading Quran, giving charity, purifying ones behaviour and doing good deeds.

As for Eid, after sighting the moon, we plan to celebrate by reconnecting with families and friends and helping those unfortunate.

We will also celebrate this important day with people of different faith groups.”

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