The Muslim Legal Network (NSW) held its annual Ramadan Iftar on Monday 21 May 2018 at Doltone House, Hyde Park in Sydney.
This year the network hosted keynote speaker The Honourable Justice Julie Kathryn Ward, Chief Judge in Equity of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
Her Honour observed that the Iftar is an important celebration for all as it is a reminder of the diversity within the legal profession and Australian society more broadly.
In commenting on the current state of diversity within the legal profession Her Honour stated “Our cultural diversity is not yet reflected as it should be in some areas of the profession including the judiciary. Promoting diversity at all levels of the legal profession is uniquely important because law is not an ordinary profession. It is fundamentally concerned with the core values that underpin the conduct of our lives and form the fabric of our society.”
Also in attendance was guest speaker, Sarah Malik, investigative journalist and freelance writer who discussed her spiritual relationship with the month of Ramadan and coming to understand its meaning and purpose.
Past speakers have included The Honourable Justice Stephen Rothman SC AM, Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and The Honourable Diana Bryant AO, Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia.
Zaahir Edries, President of the Muslim Legal Network (NSW) says about the annual Iftar “Our members want not only to be known as a part of the legal profession but also that the profession knows who they are, including what Ramadan means to them. This Iftar lets us share our identity with the profession in a way many might not have experienced”
The Iftar is an occasion for the Muslim legal profession to break bread with their non-Muslim peers from legal and non-legal backgrounds alike. Aside from the delicious food on offer, the Iftar is a celebration of faith where participants can share a mutual respect for their differences.
The Muslim Legal Network (NSW) was founded in 2009. Since that time it has quickly become one of the peak professional associations representing Australian Muslim Legal Practitioners and is excelling in bridging the cultural gap with the wider Australia community.