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Premier Hon. Gladys Berejiklian

Premier NSW Gladys Berejiklian hosted Iftar Dinner on 8 June 2018 at Waterview Function Centre Sydney Olympic Park
(Coverage by; Syed Zafar Hussain, Editor-in-Chief Sada-e-Watan Sydney)

On Friday, 8 June 2018, the Premier of New South Wales Hon. Gladys Berejiklian hosted an Interfaith Iftar dinner at the Waterview Function Centre Sydney Olympic Park.
2018 Premier’s Iftar dinner! An opportunity for all to come together and celebrate community harmony. More than 300 people attended an interfaith Iftar, an event which marks the breaking of the daily fast for Muslims during Ramadan. Christians, Jews and Muslims came together to hear Azan and reciting of Quran and then eat a meal together. Guests also reads Quran Recitation Translation in the event brochure.

The Premier’s Iftar Dinner was

Syed Zafar Hussain and Minister Hon.Victor Dominello

attended by The Hon. Victor Dominello MP, New South Wales Minister for Finance, Services and Property, The Hon. Ray Williams MP, Minister for Multiculturalism and Minister for Disability Services, Mr Luke Foley MP Auburn, Mr Mark Joseph COURE MP Oatley, Mr Jihad Dib MP Lakemba, Dr Mehreen Faruqi – Greens NSW MP, NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Mr Jeff Loy, Dr G.K. (Hari) Harinath OAM, Chairman Parramasala, Dr Stepan Kerkyasharian AO, Chair of the Board of Cemeteries and Crematoria NSW, Mr Hakan Harman, Chief Executive Officer of Multicultural NSW, the former mayor of Liverpool Mr Ned Mannoun, The Consul General of Pakistan Abdul Majid Yousfani, Consul General of Lebanon Mr Charbel MACARON, Consul General of Egypt Mr Yasser Mahmoud ABED, Members of Parliament, Diplomats, Journalists, Commissioners of Multicultural NSW, Muslim Imams and community leaders, as well as religious leaders from other faiths.

Premier NSW Honourable Gladys Berejiklian welcomes all guests and said Ramadan is the most significant time of the year for Muslim community. It is a time of celebration but also a time of restraint and quiet reflection. She said Government of New South Wales Iftar dinner are a great example of all different faiths getting together to understand each other.

“I’d like to wish everyone observing the holy month, Ramadan Mubarak,” the host of the event Premier Gladys Berejiklian said. The Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that she belongs to an ethnic background and it is a great fact that in Australia we all respect everyone’s religion, faith and culture.

Hon. Ray Williams MP

The Hon. Ray Williams MP, Minister for Multiculturalism and Minister for Disability Services said that this special event reflected the efforts of the NSW Muslim community to promote interfaith harmony and understanding. Minister Ray Williams said that New South Wales is a multicultural state where we have all united and promote Australian values. Minister Ray Williams said that many political, religious and community leaders from different faiths and backgrounds were eating together in this dining hall. Minister Ray Williams said that the Government appreciates the efforts of the Muslim Community for development of Australia and hopes for a positive role and influence in the future.

Minister Ray William speech focused on the message of unity, He said that interfaith work has been about building bridges, which was an important part of Australia's successful social cohesion.

Premier Hon. Gladys Berejiklian

MC of the evening

S. Zafar Hussain, Premier Hon. Gladys Berejiklian & Sayda Fareeha

Abbas Rana, Premier Hon. Gladys Berejiklian & Iftikhar Rana

Faten El Dana OAM and Premier Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP

Ziad El Daoud and and Premier Hon. Gladys Berejiklian

Syed Zafar Hussain, Minister Victor Dominello and Dr G.K. Harinath

Minister Ray Williams and Chairperson Multicultural Dr G.K. Harinath

Hon. Dr Mehreen Faruqi MP and Sayda Fareeha

Hon. Luke Foley MP, Hon. Jihad Dib Mp and Mohamad Chams

Ania Dutka, Sayda Fareeha and Rosa Stathis

President PABC Mr Iftikhar Rana and Minister Hon. Ray William

Minister Victor Dominello, Syed Zafar Hussain and Former Mayor Liverpool Ned Mannoun

President PABC Iftikhar Rana, Minister Ray William and President PAA Abbas Rana

Minister Ray William,  Former Mayor Liverpool Ned Mannoun & Minister Victor Dominello

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