My weekend was bookmarked by two codes with their own sacred space, chants and denominational fidelity. Much has been written about the religious passion of Australian Rules Football.
A new conversation is also emerging about the religion of footballers and their public witness. While some footballers identify with Christianity, there is also a recognition that religious diversity is now part of our sporting culture.
This year I have chosen to use the AFL greeting for Ramadan to acknowledge the presence of Islam on the footy field and the value of cultural diversity for our community.
During this time of Ramadan may we learn form our sisters and brothers of Islam so that together we can work for the common good locally and globally.
Ramadan is not just a physical discipline. It is primarily a spiritual discipline. The abstinence purifies the mind and heart. It is a time of obedience and renewed devotion to God. Muslims observe the five daily prayers, another of the Pillars of Islam, with extra fervour. Many read a section of the Qur’an every day, completing the whole book during the month. There is also Quran recitation in mosques and congregational recitation of devotional prayers. Thus, Ramadan is a time of spiritual renewal.