The recently re-elected NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian hosted the Premier’s Iftar Dinner on Wednesday 22 May at the NSW Parliament House inviting prominent leaders from the Muslim community as well as the representatives of other faith groups.
The invited guests were welcomed by Ms Widyan Fares, the Master of Ceremonies for the event followed by Recitation from the Quran by Sheikh Mohamed Harby.
After the Adhan was called, those who were fasting broke their fast with dates and water and then offered Maghreb prayer in the congregation within the parliament house in allocated rooms set aside as prayer rooms for males and females.
While dinner was being served The Hon John Sidoti MP, the newly appointed Minister for Sport, Multiculturalism, Seniors and Veterans addressed the audience reflecting on Ramadan and said that he was always available to attend events and functions organised by members of the NSW multicultural community.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian talked about the significance of Ramadan and fasting.
“It is an honour to host an Iftar dinner – the breaking of the fast – with members of the NSW community who are observing Ramadan,” said Mrs Berejiklian.
She further added, “Ramadan holds special significance in the life of Muslim Australians. It is a time of spiritual reflection and asks members of the Islamic faith to fast between sunrise and sunset.
She reiterated that Mr Sidoti in his portfolio as Minister for Multiculturalism would be most approachable and open to discussions and issues facing the NSW diverse community.