Ramadan 2017

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We hope you enjoy the programmes presented this year. Please don't forget to email us (amvradio@gmail.com) or post your suggestions on Facebook to improve our programme, recommendation lectures and music you would like to hear next year.

Australian Muslim Voice would like to thank our sponsors for their support of radio this year, they are:



  • Crescent Wealth providers of Islamic/halal superannuation visit http://www.crescentwealth.com.au/
  • Jabal Halal butchers and grocery at the Mawson and Holt shops, phone (02) 6286 7333
  • Mediterranean Delight, for spices, cheeses, nuts and Middle Eastern goods, at the Mawson Shops. 
  • Gleam Dentistry, for all your dentistry needs, 43 Heard Street, Mawson Shops, phone (02) 6290 2299
  • Farm Fresh, fresh fruits and vegetables at the Fyshwick Markets, phone (02) 6295 8747
  • The Nut Shoppe, for all nuts, spices and Middle Eastern goods located at the Fyshwick Markets, phone 0422 815 747
  • Pharmasave Pharmacy for all your pharmaceutical needs at Westfield Woden visit www.wodenpharmasave.com.au
  • Yarralumlah Meats, a broad selection of beef, lamb, goat and chicken, at the Yarralumla shops, (02) 6281 3306
  • Turkish Pide House, a great selection of Turkish meals, at the Yarralumla shops, phone (02) 6281 1991
  • Zaitoon Woodfire Pizza, located at 108A Gungahlin Place East, Gungahlin, phone (02) 6255 5527
  • Sammy’s Hairdressers, located at 108 Gunghalin place, Gunghalin, phone 0490 334 145
  • ACT Driver Training, learn how to drive with a qualified professional driving instructor, phone Samar on 0422 782 148                                  

Every year during Ramadan Australian Muslim Voice broadcast a radio programme 24 hours a day every day in Canberra.

For 20 years we have been continuing to bring the most up-to-date lectures, talks and information about Islam.  We remain the only radio in Australia that broadcasts all programs in English.

Live programs every afternoon is the very successful children's show which includes interactive talk back with fun, games and prizes with the aim of encouraging the children to understand their faith. 

The remainder of the program is a mixture of talks and lectures by well known and reputable scholars from the English speaking world covering topics including theology, law, history, Islamic etiquette and culture.  We also intertwine programs with music from around the Muslim world.  The call to prayer is broadcast five times a day.

Australian Muslim Voice would like to wish you all a happy month of Ramadan.

The number to call to participate in the children's programme is 6232 6823.


Eid al-Fitr

Celebrations at the end of fasting during Ramadan is the three days of celebration following the completion of the month of Ramadan and Muslims all over the world celebrate this occasion.  In Canberra we take the opportunity to hold a festival on the first Sunday following the end of Ramadan.

This year the festival will be at the Fitzroy Pavilion at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), providing very well needed enclosed facilities with heating!  For the comfort of our patrons there will be more chairs and tables where you can come together as a family and enjoy the day.

There will be lots of stalls selling variety of foods, handicrafts, clothes, books and more.  There will also be lots of amusement rides, pony rides, snakes and lizards, baby farm animals and more.

There will be fun rides including, dodgem cars, jumping castle, and train rides.  And all sorts of animal shows including reptile, animal petting farm and pony rides.

The stage performance will start at 12:30 pm and will include folkloric and cultural shows and of course prizes won on radio will officially be presented to the winners on stage.

This is a family fun day celebrating the end of the month of Ramadan.  The Muslim community of Canberra welcomes everyone to the festival and we encourage you to join in our religious celebrations.

This year the event is being advertised as part of the Centenary of Canberra Celebrations at http://www.canberra100.com.au/calendar/view/1024/eid-al-fitr-festival-/ and supported by the Australian Federal Police.

if you would like a stall at the festival or you might be interested in joining the organising committee please E-mail:


About the month of Ramadan

Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar (Hijri) which lasts for 29 or 30 days.  The month of Ramadan changes every year and moves backward by 11 days (as it follows lunar calendar) and hence it takes about 34 years to move throughout the year.

Muslims believe Ramadan to be an auspicious month as it was in this month God (Allah) revealed to humankind the first verses of the Qu’ran to the beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessing be upon Him). 

During this month Muslims fast and refrain from eating and drinking during the daylight hours and only eat in the evening.  Muslims are reminded that they fast for the sake of God and to offer more prayers than usual during this month. The month is also intended to teach Muslims about patience, humility, and spirituality.

It is incumbent on every Muslim (man, woman and child) to pay Zakaah al-Fitr, a predetermined amount of money before the end of the month of Ramadan. In Australia that amount is $10 and is often paid to aid agencies or organisations helping the poor.  The other Zakaah al-Maal (alms) should be paid once in a lunar year and equates to 2.5% (or 1/40) of an individual’s savings. This can be paid directly to the poor or through aid agencies or organisations helping the poor.  It is encouraged to give Zakaah al-Maal during the month of Ramadan as the benefits are manifold.

Once Ramadan is over and the very next day Muslims put on their best and new clothes and offer early morning special communal Eid al-Fitr (Festival of Breaking the Fast) prayers.  People wish each other ‘Happy Eid’ or Happy Festival and often eat sweets and then visit family and friends and celebrate for the next three days. 

The organisation

AMV is a not-for-profit organisation established to organise cultural and artistic projects including radio broadcasts, art shows, cultural events, music concerts and book exhibitions. AMV also supports and promotes Muslim multicultural and intercultural activities and exhibitions.



AMV organised the very successful Nasmat: Breezes from the Silk Road concerts. Nasamat concerts bring artists together to perform music styles from different parts of the Muslim world. Other successful projects include poetry reading evenings of Rumi and Hafez with more poetry projects planned for the future. Islamic Cultural Awareness courses targeting government and private sector professionals continue to be well received. Other projects include art shows, photographic exhibitions, history projects and much more.


History of Islamic Radio in the ACT

The idea and concept of an English language radio program is that of Sister Diana Abdel-Rahman.  She started her radio experience in 1993 working for the ACT Ethnic Broadcaster’s Council (EBC) and was instrumental in establishing Canberra’s very own multi-lingual ethnic broadcasting station, Canberra Multicultural Services (CMS). 

In those early years while working for the EBC Sister Diana took the opportunity to develop a Muslim radio program speaking to the voice of Canberra Muslims.  The first programs simply broadcast the call to prayer at Maghrib time signifying the time to break the fast.  As opportunities arose she used the studios of the CMS to broaden the Islamic program and was able to broadcast up to six hours in a day eventually securing 24 hours seven days a week programming in the month of Ramadan.  As she built strong networks among key technical and radio industry specialists she applied for a special licence to broadcast in the month of Ramadan.  Ever since, she had managed to develop and deliver very successful programs that continue to improve every year. 

Over the period of the life of Islamic broadcasting in the month of Ramadan in the ACT Sister Diana has had the radio branded under different organisations, starting with the Australian Arab-Australian Friendship Association, the Canberra Islamic Centre and finally in its final move under the auspice of Australian Muslim Voice, a organisation dedicated to radio, the arts and culture of Islam.  AMV Radio during Ramadan is still Australia’s only fully English language radio broadcast.