Firefighting brothers aim to educate and build understanding this Ramadan

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Ramadan commenced earlier this month and brothers Ahmad and Ammar Jahfar, CFA volunteers, have shared how the occasion is observed in the Muslim community. 


Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar, during which time Muslims worldwide observe fasting from dawn until sunset. It is a time for spiritual reflection with a focus on  empathy and understanding how people less fortunate  live. 

Ammar volunteers with Keysborough fire brigade and said that volunteering and Ramadan go hand-in-hand. 

“When you do good in Ramadan you are rewarded, and volunteering is another way to give back to the community and do good for others,” Ammar said. 

Ammar also feels the more people understand what Ramadan is and why it is observed by his community helps to cultivate understanding. 

“My brigade is incredibly respectful. This provides me with a sense of belonging, especially when they show curiosity about my faith.” 

Even with the challenge of fasting, Ahmad Jahfar who is a volunteer with Narre Warren fire brigade said that it doesn’t hinder his ability to respond to emergencies. 

“The volunteers I respond alongside with show understanding and support during this time. Fasting doesn’t impact our responsiveness or ability to support our community in their time of need.” 

From everyone at CFA, we wish you a peaceful and happy Ramadan. 


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Submitted by Courtney Walker