Tuesday, June 25, 2019
News Code : 357797 | Publish Date :2019/5/24 - 20:20 | Category: FORUM

Australia's first Hijabi police officer break fast with fellow officers
The first Australian Muslim police who wearing hijab broke her fast in Ramadan with her fellow police officers.

Hawzah News Agency (Victoria, Australia) - Sergeant Maha Sukkar joined the annual meal, hosted by Victoria Police Muslim Association (VPMA) at the UMMA Centre on Thursday in Doncaster. 

The senior constable made history in 2004 by becoming the first female officer to wear a hijab in Australia.

Sergeant Sukkar, VPMA's president, said Victoria was 'lucky' to have a number of 'vibrant and diverse communities'.

'It makes me proud to sit with my fellow police officers who are eager to understand our traditions and to stand side by side with us in honouring Ramadan,' she said.

Anthony (Jamal) Green from Christchurch's Al-Noor Mosque, where a gunman killed 50 Muslims praying; members of New Zealand's Muslim community and police were also key guests.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton, who delivered the keynote address, mentioned the community's walk to show support for Muslims following the Christchurch mosque attacks.

'The walk signified solidarity for our Muslim colleagues as well as the community both in Australia and overseas,' he said.

'On behalf of the VPMA, I would like to wish our Muslim community and colleagues a reflective, peaceful and meaningful Ramadan,' Sergeant Sukkar said.

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