Sydney Muslims respond to the Honorable event the Birth of Prophet Muhammad
Nearly 4000 Muslims gathered at the Homebush Olympic Park stadium on Saturday February 19, with a positive multicultural message, curtailing rising political concerns against Islam. The annual Mawlid celebration organized in the patronage of Darulfatwa Australia, the High Islamic Council of Islamic jurisprudence located in Bankstown, resonated one message: harmony.
In his agenda setting speech, Darulfatwa Australia, Chairman, Dr. Sheikh Salim Alwan welcomed attendees, and affirmed the purpose of celebrating the birth of Prophet Muhammad, saying: “On this occasion, people come, from many backgrounds, with different languages, and colours, out of great joy, celebrating the birth of Prophet Muhammad.“ They all gather, to make it clear, to everyone, that Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah, came with justice, mercy and kindness, as did all other Prophets, from Adam, Nuh, Ibrahim, Musa and ^Isa.”By 8pm, thousands of seats in the stadium filled with Muslims and non-Muslim guests ready to receive a message of love and compassion from stage performers of all nine Muslim participating groups.
The performers were diverse in more than one way, including the Muslim Kids Club, and ethnic groups such as the Harari; Pakistani; Bosnian; Polynesian, and African.
The list of honoraries present included The Hon. Linda Burney Minister for the State Plan, and Minister for Community Services; The Hon.Paul Lynch MP Minister for Industrial Relations Minister for Commerce Minister for Energy Minister for Public Sector ReformMinister for Aboriginal Affairs; The Hon. Barbara Perry MP Minister for Local GovernmentMinister for Juvenile Justice Minister Assisting the Minister for PlanningMinister Assisting the Minister for Health (Mental Health); The Hon.David BorgerMember for Granville Minister for Roads, and Minister for Western Sydney , Opposition leader Mr. Barry O’Farrel represented by Mr. John Ajaka , The Hon.Ms Julie Owens MPFederal Member for Parramatta, Member for the Legislative Council, Hon. Mr. Shaoquett Moselmane; Mr.Ray Williams MP Member for Hawkesbury , Mr Victor Dominello Member for Ryde, Mr. Tony Issa Mayor and Liberal candidate for Parramatta, Ms. Dai Le Liberal Candidate for Cabramatta, Mr. Andrew Ferguson liberal Candidate for NSW Legislative Council, Mr. Michael Hawatt Liberal Candidate for Lakemba , Mr. Bill Chahine Liberal Candidate for Bankstown, labor Candidate for Parramatta Mr. Pierre Esber , Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan, Mr. Tasawar Khan ; Mr. Kiki Kusprabowo (Consul for Social and Culture) Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia; Islamic Charity Projects Association President Dr. Ghayath Al-Shelh; Muslim Community Radio, President, Mr. Mohammad Mehio, and a host of other politicians and community leaders.
Celebrations closed with a prize draw by the Muslim Community Radio 92.1FM, handing out prizes to 2MFM program callers who entered the draw two weeks leading to the Mawlid celebrations.