Screen Shot of Break-Fast at Mobinah'sThe Australian Broadcasting Company offers a lot of religion programming across multiple formats, so I like to keep an eye on what they’re doing. This week, the television program Compass is replaying a 2008 episode that followed two Muslim families during Ramadan. In light of our Revealing Ramadan project, I enjoyed watching this 30-minute video about how Muslims “down under” experience the holy month:

“Break-Fast At Mobinah’s”

Ramadan, the world-wide Muslim month of fasting and feasting, has begun and Compass follows two families through the most important event on the Islamic calendar. Fadi and his family are Lebanese-Australians who run a busy restaurant. Each day, on empty stomachs, they cook for crowds of ravenous diners who descend after sunset. Mobinah Ahmad and her extended Indian-Australian family work and study through Ramadan, and hope to lose a little weight along the way. The Ahmads also run Sydney’s largest Eid celebration to mark the end of Ramadan. What sustains them through the day when food doesn’t? And how can not eating bring you closer to Allah?

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Thank you for posting this. I am a Muslim and I believe this a very accurate coverage of what the majority of Muslims do in Ramadan time. Loved it. I love your program very much by the way. Thank you again.

Beautiful coverage of Ramadan. I have read many of the posts, especially, peoples' own accounts of Ramadan in "speaking of faith" series. Totally inspiring and very educational !!. God bless you for your coverage of issues that are important and so close to hearts of many muslims. I love to listen to NPR and I am a longtime supporter.

It's been a complete pleasure to talk with so many people and produce their stories. I hope you've had time to listen to the 23 podcasts we've released so far!