NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian hosts Iftar Dinner at Parliament House

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian  hosted  dinner for  NSW Muslim community  at NSW Parliament House on 1st June, 2017. The Premier’s Iftar was attended by  Members of Parliament, Muslim Imams and community leaders, as well as religious leaders from other faiths.At the dinner, Ms Berejiklian said: “It is an honour to host an Iftar dinner – the breaking of the fast – with members of the NSW community who are observing Ramadan.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

Iftar constitutes the evening meal at sunset to break the day long fast called Saum that Muslims observe during the fasting month of Ramadan in the Islamic calendar.

“The focus and reflective nature of Ramadan is a timely reminder of the values we all share, including kindness, honesty, family and charity. These are values that contribute to the strength of our multifaith, and multicultural State, which the NSW  Government supports. I’d like to wish everyone observing the holy month, Ramadan Mubarak,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Minister for Multiculturalism and Disability Services, Mr Ray Williams, who attended the Premier’s Iftar Dinner, said the annual event reflected the efforts of the NSW Muslim community to promote interfaith harmony and understanding.

“Looking around the room, it was humbling to see so many political, religious and community leaders from different faiths and backgrounds eating together,” he said.

The Ifter dinner was attended by many consul Generals of various Muslim  countries including Mr Abdul Majid Yousfani, Consul General for Pakistan.

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Mr Muhammad Asif, NSW Premier Gladys Berejilian with Mohammed Abid

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NSW Premier addressing the audience Gladys Berejiklian

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Mr Ray Williams addressing the audience

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejilian with Mohammed Abid

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejilian with Mr Muhammad Asif

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Mr Shahid Iqbal with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian

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Mr Hon. Ray Williams Ministry for Multiculturalism, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and John Ajaka 

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Mr Muhammad Asif with Mr Victor Dominello Minister for Finance, Services and Property

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Mr Muhammad Asif, Mr Victor Dominello Minister for Finance, Services and Property with Mr Mohammed Abid

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Mr Abdul Majid Yousfani CG, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Munir Muhammad

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29 1 4 5Mr Ray Williams Minister for Multiculturalism and Disability Servies with Mr Muhammad Asif6Mr Shaoquett Moselmane opposition whip with Mr Muhammad Asif7 Mr Abdul Majid Yousfani, Consul General of Pakistan with Mr Muhammad Asif8 Mr Shahid Iqbal, Mr Abdul Majid Yousfani, Consul General of Pakistan with Mr Muhammad Asif 10Mr Zafar Hussain with Mr Muhammad Asif11 13  2Mr Hon. Ray Williams Ministry for Multiculturalism, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Consul General of Lebanon Mr.George Bitar Ghanem  and John Ajaka 1Mr Hon. Ray Williams Ministry for Multiculturalism, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and John Ajaka

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