Posted October 20, 2018 14:16:11 For the last few months, the Muslim community in Queensland has been celebrating the first day of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.
The month of fasts is observed around the world, but in Queensland, Muslims are not allowed to eat food or drink water during Ramadan, which begins on Friday, October 13.
Queensland’s Department of Primary Industries and Forestry has issued a statement in response to the announcement.
“While there is no specific restriction for Muslims during Ramadan in Queensland at this time, a special prayer is held at each mosque on this day,” the statement reads.
There is no requirement for Muslims to be in a mosque during Ramadan or to have the prayers conducted during the month.
But a Muslim woman who was visiting the family home in Cairns said she and her family had already started celebrating their first Ramadan with friends, who were already planning to go out for a meal.
It was one of the few times in the week that they didn’t have to wait for the mosque to open and it was great, she said.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Public Works and Local Government said the department was “not in a position to confirm” whether the restrictions had been lifted.
If there is a special religious holiday in Queensland for Muslims, it would be considered a religious holiday for the community, the spokeswoman said.
The department also said it was unaware of any other Queensland state or territory banning Muslim fasts, although in Queensland there was a “special religious holiday” for Muslims.
In a statement, Ms Hickey said the ban was a decision for the government to make.
“We have to respect religious freedom and the right to practise their religion and we do that through this religious holiday that Muslims in Queensland are celebrating,” she said.
“Queenslanders who want to celebrate Ramadan can visit a local mosque and read the Quran, pray at a place of worship or pray alone, the statement said.
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