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Ramadan Mubarak

Muslim leaders from across the state came together to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan at the Premier’s annual Iftar Dinner last night.

Hosted at Commbank Stadium in Parramatta, the event saw 300 religious, community and political leaders gather to celebrate this most important month on the Islamic calendar.

Minister for Multiculturalism Mark Coure said he was honoured to share his first Iftar dinner as Minister with so many community leaders.

“This event was about coming together in the spirit of Ramadan, to reflect and focus on what is most important,” Mr Coure said.

“It was also an opportunity for me to thank the Muslim community here in NSW for their invaluable contributions to our state, especially following the recent floods and the pandemic. So to all Muslims in NSW, I say Ramadan Mubarak.”

Mr Coure said NSW would not be the success it is today without the work and generosity of many Muslim organisations.

“The selflessness of these organisations has gone a long way to helping us during some of our most difficult times.

“I want to thank each of these groups for their compassion, charity and dedication to making NSW a great place to live, work and visit.”

President of the Australian National Imams Council Sheikh Shadi Alsuleiman, said events such as these are important to bringing everyone together.

“NSW is one of the few places in the world that truly practises multiculturalism and respects the diversity of faiths,” he said.

“I thank the NSW Government for coming together with Muslim communities at this special time.”

The NSW Government recently awarded $250,000 to Canterbury-Bankstown Council to support its Ramadan Nights Lakemba festival, which is the largest celebration of Ramadan in Australia.