The Annual Interfaith Ramadan Dinner was hosted by Al Siraat College in collaboration with the City of Whittlesea on Thursday 9 May 2019.
Interfaith events and platforms for Interfaith engagement play an important role in ensuring greater social cohesion in our communities, instilling a sense of belonging, and replacing fear and division with compassion and curiosity.
The event MC was College Vice Captain Chakour Sai and the Iftar Dinner was attended by representatives from various local faith communities and local schools.
Special guests included members of Victoria Police, MP Bronwyn Halfpenny, Mayor Cr Lawrie Cox, Cr Tom Joseph, Cr Mary Lalios and Senior Sergeant Adrian Brilliant as well as members of our own school community.
As has become our tradition at Al Siraat, the Welcome to Country was done by none other than local Indigenous Muslim elder of the Wurunjeri, Br Hassan Andrew Gardiner.
Speeches were made by College founder and Principal, Mr Fazeel Arain, Mayor Cr Lawrie Cox and MP Bronwyn Halfpenny.
Mufti Aasim Rashid gave a wonderful speech on the month of spirituality before the breaking of the fast (Iftar) and congregational prayers in the Musallah.
The event included a video of the humble beginnings of the College and a presentation by the amazing work of our Student Representative Council (SRC) members and interfaith students as well as reflections from the audience.
Special reflections were shared by former ASC Principal Mr Andrew Houghton.
Whenever there is a community Iftar there are countless people working in the background putting it all together. The people who cook the food, set up the venue, manage traffic, manage the program and contribute in many other ways.
May Allah generously and hastily reward all those who contribute towards these community iftar dinners.
Happy Eid to all.