The Islamic Charity Projects Association (ICPA) held its Annual Ramadan Iftar dinner in Sydney’s Liverpool on 30 March under the Patronage of Darulfatwa, the Islamic High Council of Australia, coinciding with the 8th Ramadan 1444H.
ICPA is an Australian Islamic organisation second to none and achieved this position through its framework, mission, approach, inclusivity, openness and dedication to serve the community.
The Iftar gathering commenced with a noble recitation from the Holy Quran and a rendition of the Australian national anthem performed by students of Al-Amanah College. This was followed by an opening speech by Mr. Mohamad Mehio – President of the Islamic Charity Projects Association. In his speech, Mr. Mehio emphasized the significance of social work that benefits both individuals and society, cautioning against those who exploit religious slogans in ways that contradict the teachings of the religion that promote tolerance and moderation.
Mr. Mehio highlighted that the ICPA has served as a fortress for the past 32 years and has safeguarded the community against various risks and threats. This has been achieved through its well-structured and diverse branches and departments. These include education, scouting, women, media, sports, and youth.
He also restated the ICPA’s commitment to promoting prosperity and moderation within the Australian community. In his speech Mr. Mehio also took the opportunity to extend his congratulations to the newly elected state members of parliament.
The event hosted over 350 distinguished dignitaries and special guests including:
Mohammad Mehio President of the Islamic Charity Projects Association (ICPA Australia ) . Prof Dr sheikh Salim AlwanChairman of Darulfatwa the Islamic High Council of Australia, Jihad Dib MP for Bankstown, Ihab Matar Lebanese MP for Tripoli, John Ajaka Former President of the NSW Legislative Council, Shaouquet Moslemane MLC, Senator Dr HilmyMhuhammad representative MP of D.I. Yogyakarta Indonesia, Nathan Hagarty elected MP of Leppington, CharishmaKaliyanda elected MP of Liverpool, Tina Ayyad elected MP of Holsworthy.
Charbel MACARON Consul-General of Lebanon in Sydney, Bilal Aksoy Vice-Consul Turkish Religious Affairs Attaché in Sydney, Maher Dabbagh Honorary Consul of Syria in Sydney, Amir Sahinovic Honorary Consul of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sydney, Dr Roseline YARDIN Honorary Consul for the Republic of Mauritius in Sydney, Adelle Gillen Consul of US in Sydney.
Joseph La Posta CEO of Multicultural NSW, Adam Johnson Liverpool police commander, Adam Whyte Bankstown police commander.
Councillors: Khal Asfour Mayor of Canterbury-Bankstown, Ned Manoun, Mayor of Liverpool, Lisa Lake Mayor of Cumberland Council, Mohamad Mousa Mayor of Bzal Council in AkkarNorth Lebanon. Bilal El-Hayek , George Zakhia, Joe Awada, Usha Dommaraju, Samantha Talakola, Khodr Saleh , RachilHarika, Raj Datta, Sreeni Pillamarri, George Barcha, MohamadHussein, Ola Hamed, Sabrin Farooqui, Carmen Lazar OAM , Marie Saliba representing Dai Le Federal MP for Fowler, Betty Green, Pierre Esber, Charbel Abouraad, Richard Ammoun, Hasan Awada. Neville Tomkins Chief Commissioner of Scouts Australia NSW. Sheikhs, Imams, Community Leaders, Media, youth, Womens , sports , scouts, principals, university and school teachers and Professionals from the wider community.
The iftar dinner concluded with a ceremony with Darulfatwapresenting certificates to the Islamic teachers who participated in the course on the concise biography of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.
The Islamic Charity Projects Association expresses its gratitude to all who attended the event and contributed to its success and prays that the blessings of Ramadan will bring peace and security to all corners of the world.