KUALA LUMPUR, July 10 (Bernama) -- The holy month of Ramadan provides an opportunity to achieve tolerance, communal well-being and mutual respect, said Australian Foreign Minister Senator Bob Carr.
In a Ramadan message, he said that nowadays, Australia was home to nearly half a million Muslims and Islam was the country's fourth most observed religion.
"Australians are proud of our record in promoting the 'overlap of cultures'...
"Having travelled to many parts of the Muslim world, I am encouraged by the spirit of tolerance that has enabled many nations and communities, so successful to manage their religious and cultural differences," he said in a statement issued by the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur here today.
Carr said Islamic values such as selflessness, charity, compassion and justice were values all Australians shared.
"Besides a time of prayer, Ramadan is also a time of intense devotion, spiritual renewal, joy and celebration, and a time of thanks.
"It is an opportunity for families and communities to come together to support those in need, to promote goodwill and harmony in the wider world.
"To Muslims everywhere, I say, 'Ramadan Kareem' (greeting)," he said.
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