RAMADAN MESSAGE FROM NSW PREMIER BARRY O’FARRELL
(Translation of this article appears in Arabic section)
NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has sent his warmest wishes to every Muslim in NSW as they prepare to observe Ramadan in 2013.
“I understand that Ramada n asks Muslims to make sacrifices over the period of the month in the interest of increased spiritual strength,” Mr O’Farrell said.
“Naturally the broader community supports you in meeting your religious obligations.
“Ramadan is well and truly part of the annual calendar of religious observance in NSW because we are an accepting multi-faith society.
“Australia is both a multicultural and multi-faith community where amongst the rights people enjoy is religious freedom.
“Hundreds of thousands of Muslims who live in our state will follow Ramadan’s requirements of fasting and abstinence and will then celebrate joyfully with their families at its conclusion, with the Festival of Eid al-fitr.
“On behalf of the NSW Government I send my warmest wishes to the people of the Islamic faith across the state for the holy month of Ramadan.