The Muslim lunar calendar’s ninth month is Ramadan when healthy adult Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. This involves refraining from drinking, eating, engaging in immoral behaviour, and expressing rage. During the holy month, other acts of worship such as prayer, reading the Quran, and charity are also encouraged.

During Ramadan, Muslims also indulge in many cultural practices, such as cooking a special meal or eating iftar, breaking the fast with extended family.

Unlike the previous two years, when many individuals were forced to spend Ramadan at home owing to COVID, this year was different, and people were again able to celebrate the holy month with their families as well as with the larger community.

I photographed some memorable Ramadan moments during Ramadan Nights at Lakemba, a Sydney suburb in NSW, when people from all over the world gathered to commemorate the holy month of Ramadan.

Lakemba was bustling with activity, with a variety of traditional cuisines and clothes outlets. The lines outside of every store and shop were insane. After all of the restrictions and lockdowns imposed due to COVID, it was incredible to see everyone enjoying the holy month of Ramadan during the nights, every night during the whole month from dusk till early hours of the morning at Haldon Street in Lakemba.

I sincerely wish that this Ramadan restores people’s joys and fills their lives with happiness. I consider myself fortunate to be able to share the incredible experiences captured through my camera showcasing Multicultural Australia.

AMUST was Silver Media Partner of Ramadan Nights Lakemba 2022.