Canberrans from all walks of life came together to break fast in the centre of the city last Saturday 11 June.

Organised by the ACT local government and the Canberra Islamic Centre (CIC) and assisted by Muslim community groups and Embassies/High Commissions, the event saw over 2500 brave the cold to come together in Civic Square.

 Long time community workers, Parween (right) and Zafar Ahmad, serve up the dishes for guests at the City Iftar

Long time community workers, Parween (right) and Zafar Ahmad, serve up the dishes for guests at the City Iftar

Although the crowd was predominantly Muslim, guests also had invited a significant number of neighbours and colleagues to part take in the Islamic ritual during the fasting month of Ramadan.

Azra Khan, President of CIC and one of the key organisers of the event, said that the inaugural breaking fast ‘Iftar’ fostered unity amongst Canberra Muslims and served to show case the cultural diversity of Muslims in Canberra.

Azra Khan, President of CIC, welcomes the community to the City Iftar

Azra Khan, President of CIC, welcomes the community to the City Iftar

The crowd had started gathering from 4:30pm in the marquee and tables set up near the fountains, listened to multiple speakers including Yvette Berry, the ACT Minister for Multicultural Affairs, before the fast was broken at just before 5pm.

Maghreb prayer followed before the serving commenced for dinner.

Participating Missions who provided the wide range of food:

  • The High Commission of Brunei Darussalam
  • The Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt
  • The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • The Embassy of the State of Kuwait
  • The High Commission of Malaysia
  • The Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco
  • The High Commission of Pakistan
  • The Embassy of the State of Qatar
  • The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia