Multicultural community comes together at Premier’s Iftaar dinner

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Premier of NSW  Dominic Perrottet hosted an Iftaar dinner on April 12 , 2022 which was attended by people from different cultural backgrounds.

Muslim leaders from across the state came together  at the Premier’s annual Iftar Dinner to celebrate the Holy month of Ramandan. Ms Fatema Mohammad Ali was the Master Of Ceremonies.  The event  started with the recitation of Quran.

Hosted at Commbank Stadium in Parramatta, the event saw 300 religious, community and political leaders gather to celebrate this most important month on the Islamic calendar. The event was attended by various political leaders , community leaders , diplomats, MPs   along with  religious leaders and people from other faiths.

On behalf of Premier, Minister for Multiculturalism Mark Coure welcomed the guests and said  was honoured to share his first Iftar dinner as Minister with so many community leaders.

“This event was about coming together in the spirit of Ramadan, to reflect and focus on what is most important,” Coure said.

“It was also an opportunity for me to thank the Muslim community here in NSW for their invaluable contributions to our state, especially following the recent floods and the pandemic. So to all muslims in NSW, I say Ramadan Mubarak.”
Coure said NSW would not be the success it is today without the work and generosity of many Muslim organisations.

“The selflessness of these organisations has gone a long way to helping us during some of our most difficult times.

“I want to thank each of these groups for their compassion, charity and dedication to making NSW a great place to live, work and visit.”
President of the Australian National Imams Council events such as these are important to bringing everyone together.

“NSW is one of the few places in the world that truly practises multiculturalism and respects the diversity of faiths,” he said.

“I thank the NSW Government for coming together with Muslim communities at this special time.”

The NSW Government recently awarded $250,000 to Canterbury-Bankstown Council to support its Ramadan Nights Lakemba festival, which is the largest celebration of Ramadan in Australia.

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