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Iftar dinner promotes social cohesion


Representatives of cultural and multifaith groups joined the Governor of South Australia, the Hon Frances Adamson, at the 2022 Community Leaders Friendship and Dialogue Iftar dinner last month.

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Held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, the event was organised by Pinnacle College and McYESS Ltd (Multicultural Youth Education Support Services).

Among the faith leaders attending were Archbishop Patrick O’Regan, Anglican Archbishop Geoffrey Smith, Uniting Church Synod of SA moderator Bronte Wilson and president of the Islamic Society of SA Ahmed Zreika.

Event organiser Dr Mehmet Aslan said it was a “most socially cohesive event and a soothing experience for all in attendance”.

Former Socceroo Bruce Djite gave a moving and inspirational presentation and a highlight of the evening was a Sufi ensemble from Melbourne presenting traditional musical items.

Mr Aslan said for Muslims, Ramadan was a time for connection and reflection.

“This connection has an inner spiritual dimension where we evaluate where we are in life and our relationship with our Creator,” he said.

“There’s also another dimension where we have a connection to our fellow human beings and the broader community.

“In our present time, there are many challenging and tragic situations in many parts of the world.

“This Iftar gathering is an example where we contribute to social harmony, intercultural understanding and cooperation.

“All those attending the evening appreciated the positive atmosphere of people from diverse cultural backgrounds. This was an uplifting, informative and enjoyable event!”


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