The NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian hosted the Premier’s Iftar Dinner on Friday 8 June at The Waterview in Bicetennial Park inviting prominent leaders from the Muslim community.

The Iftar Dinner during the fasting month of Ramadan brought together diverse group of people including Muslim community leaders, representatives from other faith groups, Members of Parliament, Consul Generals and the multicultural media.

“It is an honour to host an Iftar dinner – the breaking of the fast – with members of the NSW community who are observing Ramadan,” said Mrs Berejiklian.

“Ramadan holds special significance in the life of Muslim Australians. It is a time of spiritual reflection and asks members of the Islamic faith to fast between sunrise and sunset.

Iftar constitutes the evening meal at sunset to break the day long fast called Saum that Muslims observe during the fasting month of Ramadan in the Islamic calendar,” she said.

It was very well received as leaders had the opportunity to network and speak with the Premier and the Minister for Multiculturalism.

“The focus and reflective nature of Ramadan is a timely reminder of the values we all share, including kindness, honesty, family and charity. These are values that contribute to the strength of our multifaith, and multicultural State, which the NSW  Government supports. I’d like to wish everyone observing the holy month, Ramadan Mubarak,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Minister for Multiculturalism and Disability Services, Mr Ray Williams, spoke at the event and said that the annual Iftar reflected the efforts of the NSW Muslim community to promote interfaith harmony and understanding.

“Looking around the room, it was humbling to see so many political, religious and community leaders from different faiths and backgrounds eating together,” he said.

Whilst usually held at Parliament house, the Iftar was held at Sydney Olympic Park making it closer to Western Sydney and easier to get to with plenty of parking.

The Premier of NSW Tweeted “Pleased to host this year’s Premier’s Iftar dinner! An opportunity for all of us to come together and celebrate community harmony.

Unfortunately, the Premier also got some heat on Twitter for hosting the event from Twitter Trolls as they commented underneath the photo.

 

The photos above were obtained from  www.sangat.com.au.

Faten El Dana OAM – The Muslim Women Welfare of Australia with Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of NSW. “We were delighted to be invited to the Iftar dinner hosted by the Premier of NSW, the Hon Gladys Berejiklian. The annual Iftar dinner  this evening was attended by the NSW Muslim community representatives observing the Holy month of Ramadan along with other community representatives including members of parliament and other dignitaries. We would like to thank the Premier for the opportunity to recognise and celebrate this blessed occasion for the Australia’s Muslim community.”