Australian High Commission


Reflecting on the traditions of Ramadan at Australian Iftar

The Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia, H.E. Mr Rod Smith hosted an Iftar reception at his residence on 25 June to honour the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The Iftar reception provided an opportunity for the staff of the High Commission to show their deep respect for the traditions of the holy month of Ramadan.

In his welcoming address, Mr Smith told the guests that Ramadan was an opportunity to participate in an important aspect of the lives of Muslim colleagues and friends.

“Ramadan is a time for reflection: on one’s faith, on spiritual values, on the plight of the less fortunate in society. It is a time to join family and friends in celebration of faith and of the values we hold dear; especially the common values of family, charity and community” he said.

Mr Smith referred to Australian Prime Minister the Hon Tony Abbott MP’s Ramadan message which expressed respect for the devotion and discipline of those who fast for their faith and acknowledged the significant contribution of the Muslim Australian community in Australia.

Mr Smith’s remarks were followed by a speech by Professor Samina Yasmeen AM, accomplished Muslim Australian academic and Director of the Centre for Muslim States and Societies, University of Western Australia.

The reception was attended by distinguished Malaysians from a range of fields in government, civil society, the arts, media and education.