The Garden City Mosque, under construction after being burnt down in an arson attack organised a highly successful community event on Saturday 13 April 2019 attracting a large number of people from the towns diverse population displaying goodwill and harmony.
This was the 6th Annual Toowoomba International Food Festival and Garden City Mosque Open Day held in the Garden City Mosque in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.
Hundreds of people from all walks of life – women, children, youth and men – gathered in the Mosque premises for delicious food, warm friendship, enjoyable fun and genuine faith.
The food and other stalls were set up in the open space at the carpark and formal presentation session was held at the temporary prayer hall of the Mosque property.
This year’s event has been a stunning success as Toowoomba people wanted to see the progress in the rebuilding of burned Toowoomba Mosque. With fresh in memory of the tragic murder of Muslims in Christchurch Mosques in New Zealand also inspired some people to participate in the celebration.
The speakers included Queensland Hon Minister Stirling Hinchliffe MP; Dr John McVeigh, Federal Member for Groom; Mayor of Toowoomba, Cr Paul Antonio; State MP Trevor Watts; Dr Hass Dellal, Head of Australian Multicultural Foundation and Chair of SPS TV and Radio; USQ Vice Chancellor, Professor Geraldine McKenzie; Dr Nora Amath, National Manager of IWAA; AFIC President, Dr Rateb Jneid; and Professor Shahjahan Khan, President of the Islamic Society of Toowoomba. Imam Abdul Kader answered questions from the audience and Eng Shabbirul Mujib offered the vote of thanks.
Everyone applauded the presentation of Dr Nora Amath on compassion as an inbuilt human instinct and Dr Hass Dellal’s talk on life as an Australian Muslim. People were very engaging and everyone was happy to be in the celebration of humanity.
The local daily Chronicle published a pre-event story on Saturday and ran another story after the event on Monday. The TV channels, Win and 7, also covered the story.
On behalf of the Society, Professor Shahjahan Khan thanked the Toowoomba community for its continuing support and commitment to leave in peace and harmony with compassion and respect.
He also thanked all the sponsors including Queensland Government, AFIC and Phamcay4Less. The contributions of Muslim families and members of the community who provided food and organized activities for children and women, and all dedicated volunteers were highly appreciated.