Month of fasting ends
After a month of fasting during daylight hours, the Muslim community gathered at the Marlborough Community Centre yesterday morning to celebrate the end of Ramadan.
About 80 Muslims living in Marlborough shared a meal of halal food to mark Eid, the end of their holy month.
Yusuf Wicaksono, known as imam, or leader of the prayer, said Ramadan taught discipline and compassion by allowing Muslims to learn how the poor felt.
"Some people all over the world don't eat or they only eat every few days. It is a lesson for us," he said.
Marlborough Muslim community secretary Fawad Shah, 24, said Ramadan was a time of reflection. "It gives you a sense of the materialistic things in the world. We come from somewhere and we have to go somewhere - it allows you to ponder why we are here and it teaches you to be a good Muslim and a good citizen," he said.
Mr Shah, a youth drug and alcohol counsellor at Te Rapuora Health Services, said about 80 per cent of the Marlborough Muslim community was made up of Indonesians and Malaysians, while people from Fiji, Somalia, Pakistan and Bangladesh made up the rest.
- The Marlborough Express