Saturday night 16 March saw well over 200 invited guests in attendance at the Lebanese Muslim Association’s annual Iftar, a significant gathering held in the Events Hall of the Association’s services building at Lakemba in southwest Sydney.

Special guests at the event included the Consul-General of Lebanon Mr Charbel Macaron and Dr Riyad Rifaa, recently appointed  Grand Mufti by AFIC’s Australian National Sharia Board, as well as prominent local and international Mashayekh headed by Sheikh Yahya Safi, Imam of Lakemba Mosque, well-known community figures, Associations, organisations and LMA members and staff.

AMUST was represented by its Editor-in-Chief Zia Ahmad and his wife, Mehar Ahmad, President of Seena Inc, Publishers of AMUST.

The notable absence of state and federal politicians aligned with the LMA board of directors’ decision of late 2023, when they opted to exclude the politicians from official invitations to LMA events during Ramadan and Eid.

This decision stemmed from the New South Wales and Australian governments’ lack of support for the people of Gaza since 7 October 2023, coupled with inflammatory statements made by the likes of Foreign Minister Penny Wong.

Sheikh Yahya Safi, Imam of Lakemba Mosque, at the microphone.

A major highlight of the event was the official launch of Feed The World, the LMA’s own, fully transparent charity arm which it built from the ground up.

“We are very proud of Feed The World….its mission is to promptly address emergencies, drive positive change through impactful initiatives and distribute aid efficiently in trouble spots around the world including Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan and Morocco,” LMA Secretary Gamel Kheir said.

“These efforts complement our longstanding commitment as Australia’s oldest not-for-profit Islamic organisation to support the people of Gaza under the LMA banner for several decades.”

The launch of Feed The World marks a major milestone in the LMA’s 62 year history of humanitarianism and serving the community, demonstrating the organisation’s ongoing dedication to providing aid and support to those in need, both locally and globally.

With a focus on transparency and efficiency, Feed The World aims to make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals and communities facing hardship and adversity.

Pictured from left: Dr Rateb Jneib, Afic President, Sheikh Yahya Safi, Dr Riyad Rifaa, Canterbury-Bankstown mayor Bilal El-Hayek and LMA president Hafez Alameddine.