We’re currently approaching the middle of Ramadan, the sacred and spiritual month for the world’s roughly 1.6 billion Muslims. Ramadan is a month of peace, generosity and abstinence. At least that's what it’s supposed to be -- in theory.

This year, Ramadan is drenched in blood. From Mindanao, to Kabul, to Baghdad, to the UK, to Melbourne. Islamic State (also known as ISIS) may be on the run in Iraq and Syria, but ISIS is happily claiming credit for attacks on civilians of all colours and genders and creeds and ages. The families of Kirsty Boden in Adelaide and two victims from Melbourne (including a recently married Chinese-born man and a 12-year-old girl who attended an Islamic independent school) are in mourning.