RAMADAN is a holy month about sharing and caring and that was what members of the Malaysian Chinese Muslim Association (Macma) Penang branch did when they broke fast together.
With the food already on the table, the Muslim converts patiently waited for the azan (call to prayer).
Laughter and chatter of the men clad in baju Melayu and women in jubah filled the association premises in Gelugor on Sunday.
Once the azan was heard, they broke fast together and the men gathered at the living room to pray.
The womenfolk with their children helping themselves to the wide array of dishes at the event.
Macma Penang branch chairman Muhammad Asyraf Tan Abdullah said it was the first time the members got together for a buka puasa gathering.
“We do hold various events throughout the year with other non-governmental organisations but this is the first year we organised this buka puasa event among our members and their families.
“We hope to organise such sessions annually after this,” he said when met at the event.
Muhammad Asyraf, who converted 21 years ago, said the association’s main aim was to bring Chinese Muslim converts together.
“All the members have different stories and struggles to share as a convert.
“We are here to listen and help each other whenever we can,” he said, adding that the Penang branch started small but it had grown to about 30 members now.