Following the yearly tradition, Dr Jan Ali from the School of Humanities and Communication, Western Sydney University hosted the Spirit of Sacrifice Eid-ul-Adha dinner on Friday 22 September 2017 at the Bankstown Campus.

The event was attended by a large contingent of academics, students, interfaith leaders and a diverse range of community members from all over Sydney.

Three talks were presented on the spirit of sacrifice from Buddhist, Christian and Islamic perspectives.

Venerable Thich Hue Nhan, a Buddhist Num and student at Lien Hoa Temple located in Belmore related the story of Buddha’s life and his teaching of five steps in order to end suffering:

  1. Be a vegetarian. Life is valuable whether human or animal.
  2. Do not steal. Respect ownership of property of others.
  3. Do not lie. The truth always comes out.
  4. Do not indulge in sexual misconduct. It harms and destroys the family.
  5. Do not consume alcohol, drugs or smoke. It harms you and those around you.

Markus Gruning in his second year of Bachelor of Policing degree at UWS gave the Christian perspective on sacrifice summarising the law of Moses (a), Abraham’s (a) willingness to sacrifice of Isaac, his son and related this to the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ to die on the cross in order to atone the sins of humanity.

The third speaker was Mohamad Younes who holds a Bachelor of Business and Commerce degree with a sub-major in Islamic Studies from Western Sydney University and currently in the final year of Master by Research in Islamic Ethics.

With the help of audio-visual presentation, Mohamad related the concept of sacrifice from Quran and Hadith relating the story of Prophet Ibrahim (a) willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail (a) and how it is celebrated with Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha.

After the formal program the audience mingled together at dinner.