VIP Iftar Dinner

ISRA once again hosted the annual ‘Spirit of Ramadan’ iftar on Sunday 20 July 2014. The warm décor of the Grand Palace function centre was in character with the rich diversity of the attendees. Among the audience were a variety of leaders in Australian education, politics and the Muslim community. These leaders were accompanied by various families, friends and
colleagues from diverse cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds, united in celebrating the spirit of Ramadan and faith in an Australian context. The evening was focused on the importance of knowledge to Muslims, particularly during the spiritual month of Ramadan. Geeta Balraj, a student of Charles Sturt University (CSU) and ISRA Australia, defined Ramadan as a month of “social harmony, commitment, personal reflection and a step closer to God”. This definition was truly articulated throughout the evening
by all key speakers who shared their knowledge, skills and insight, complemented by talented and creative musicians, who worked together to enhance the overall spiritual experience of the audience. The collective Ramadan spirit was inspired by Imam
Musa Celik’s adhan (call to prayer), Qur’an recitation and collective du’a (supplication). This du’a focused on expressing gratitude for God’s mercy and love, while asserting the notion of selflessness in praying for such mercy to be showered upon those suffering from war, poverty and tribulations on a daily basis. This du’a truly echoed the spirit of Ramadan – one of praise, appreciation, hope, forgiveness and social justice. While enjoying the vast array of traditional Afghan specialties, many attendees networkedwhen waiting in line for the buffet or bonded with mutual confusion over what they were about to eat. With no doubt, there was a strong sense of acceptance, unity and community in the room.

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VIP Iftar Dinner