Under the patronage of Darulfatwa, the Islamic High Council of Australia, The Islamic Charitable Projects Association (ICPA) held the new Hijri year celebration 1440 at Al Amanah College Grand Hall in Liverpool, Sydney on Saturday 15 September.
The event was attended by a number of distinguished guests, sheikhs, pilgrims returning from Hajj, community leaders and a large number of families.
Following the official opening welcome, the celebration began with a recitation of the Holy Quran followed by captivating chants performed by the ICPA chanting band.
Dr Sheikh Salim Alwan, Chairman of Darulfatwa, the Islamic High Council of Australia during his speech related the story of the migration of the Prophet Mohammad (s) with his companion Abu Bakr (r) from Makkah to Madinah, an event that marked the beginning of the Islamic calendar.
Sheikh Ibrahim El-Shafie also delivered a speech in English about the blessed Hijrah, migration to Madinah and the great lessons learnt from it for the Muslim Ummah.
He congratulated Muslims who performed pilgrimage (Hajj), asking Allah to accept their Hajj.
The celebration concluded with the handing out of memorial gifts to all the Hajis.