Thu, 25th Jul, 2024 / 19 Muharram 1446
الخميس ٢٥ , يوليو , ٢٠٢٤ / 19 ٱلْمُحَرَّم 1446
Thu, 25th Jul, 2024 /
19 Muharram, 1446
الخميس ٢٥ , يوليو , ٢٠٢٤ / 19 ٱلْمُحَرَّم , 1446

In the name of Allah the Merciful

Melbourne ’s biggest annual Ramadan Dinner

The Muslim Welfare Association of Victoria today announced the following:

Support each other in goodness and in what increases love amongst you, in this virtuous month of Ramadan. In doing so, the Muslim Welfare Association of Victoria organized the biggest annual Ramadan Dinner in Melbourne playing host to many distinguished guests including Sheikhs, government officials and representatives, community leaders, media personnel as well as the President of the Muslim Welfare Association the Sheikh Mustapha al-Sh amy and the Chairman of Darulfatwa-The High Islamic Council of Australia, Sheikh Sal im ^Alw an al- Hasaniy.

The evening started with flying colours as the MC presented the Religious Chant Group who set the night alit with their spectacular and compelling vocals, traveling from Sydney to uphold this special Ramadan event.

Then, the Chairman of Darulfatwa- High Islamic Council of Australia, Sheikh Sal im ^Alw an al- Hasaniy delivered his speech, saying in it: “Come, let us all stand at the school of the month of Ramadan and recall the saying of the Prophet peace be upon him: {Fasting is a shield; so, if it is a fasting day for one of you, then do not be abusive or uncivilized and if someone fights you or slanders you then say: ‘I am fasting, I am fasting’}.

“This had ith illustrates the manners that a fasting person should uphold especially in the month of Ramadan with respect to being forgiving and having a big heart, particularly if one faces nasty treatment from another; and to let one’s fasting keep one from associating with the audacious, from falling into the ditches of the lowly and from retaliating to the mannerism of the ignorant.

“Brothers and sisters, religiosity is a grand and necessary matter because it brightens the heart and clears the mind.

“Religiosity rescues from desirous tendencies.

“Allah said in a verse that means: {{And those who fear for the rites of Allah and prevent one’s self from leaning to one’s desires, Paradise will be one’s abode}}.

“Religiosity is different to fanaticism and extremism the terrors and negative affects of which we have witnessed spread in most continents.

“So, where is the solution? The solution is in obeying Allah and abiding by the method instructed in the verse that means: {{And if you disagree upon a matter, then refer it to the Q ur’ an and the s unnah of the Mesenger}}.

“And to administer the solution we find that a Muslim must become learned in the matters of Islam and to know what is lawful and unlawful; a method which also points to the meaning of the verse: {O you who believe, protect your self and your family from the blazing flames of hellfire which is fueled by people and stone}}.

Sheikh Salim ^Alwan went on to reassert the organizations stand and remind the guests of the promise made by Darulfatwa- the High Islamic Council of Australia saying that: “We totally refuse all kinds of extremism carried through organizations or individuals because we declare all acts of extremism unrelated to Islam despite the false allegations of some who insist on tarnishing its pure image.

“The Islamic High Council of Australia is not a tool serving the interests of any foreign government nor does it accept or receive funds from any overseas sources.

“It is an organization striving on the devotion and the hard work of the people working for it, providing free services and invaluable advice and knowledge.

“Its members and their work are supported by government officials, sheikhs and many community leaders of diverse backgrounds in states all over Australia.

“We strive to build communities with tolerance and perseverance, diligently serving the people and our nation-Australia.

“We will stay the course and will stand by our mission despite the hardships and the rumours spread by those who have deviated from the path of the truth.

“We seek reward only from Allah, the One who does not neglect to reward the truthful.

After this encouraging address an audio visual exhibition of the Islamic Charity Association’s Sydney projects and establishments was displayed, attracting a standing ovation and raising the euphoria of the viewers to an all time high.

This was followed by the address of Moreland Council member, Councilor Anthony Helou who congratulated the Muslim Welfare Association and commended the High Islamic Council for its noble cause and efforts.

The evening came to a close with supplications recited by a member of the Harariy (Ethiopian) community, Sheikh Abbas Shash.

The Muslim Welfare Association thanks all those who attended the dinner and contributed to the success of the evening, especially to the Sydney’s Religious Chant Group, the organizers of the video clip of the renowned chanters Haj Mu hammadQaran uh and Mu hammadal-Kheir.

We ask Allah to grant us prosperity in the return of this blessed month next year.

Published by the Media office

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