2017 Home Iftar Dinners

Affinity’s Home Iftar initiative has been a growing tradition since its inception in 2006. This year was no exception, with 18 Australian-Muslim families across Western Sydney opening their homes to share an Iftar meal with non-Muslim guests, including representatives from  local councils, government, public service, media, academia and various faith and community groups.

These Iftar dinners, held during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, are a great opportunity for individuals to engage in intercultural exchange. Our aim is to foster the growth and development of a harmonious and inclusive community, accepting of the beautiful diversity within Australia and beyond.

The feedback we have received from previous participants confirms that such engagement not only facilitates understanding of the Islamic faith and the Muslim culture, but also enhances the Muslim community’s sense of belonging and consequently its contribution to Australian society.

Mikall Choong, chairman of the not-for-profit organisation, Advance Diversity Services had the following words of appreciation for the Home Iftar dinner he attended: “I’d like to thank Azmi and Gulse for so graciously opening their home to us and preparing such a delightful Iftar meal. The experience was memorable and most enjoyable!

Photos from this yea’rs Home Iftar Dinners

Home Iftar Dinners 2016

Dates, arabian lantern and rosary. Islamic holidays concept. Ramadan decoration

The Home Iftars have been a growing tradition since its inception in 2006. This year was no exception for Affinity intercultural Foundation as 29 Australian-Muslim family homes across Sydney shared an iftar meal with members of the wider community including representatives from politics, public service, media, academia and various faith and community groups.

The Iftars provide a great opportunity for individuals to engage in first-hand cultural exchange that breaks down barriers and consequently sincere dialogue arising from the many commonalities. Feedback since the inception of the concept has proven that such engagement not only facilitates mutual respect and understanding between Muslims and the broader community but also enhances the Muslim community’s sense of belonging and hence its contribution to Australian society.

Affinity’s Executive Director, mentioned that the demand for participation in a Home Iftar and the limited number of days each year in Ramadan has prompted Affinity to look into the possibility of extending the concept beyond Ramadan. He said, “We are very pleased to see how much this initiative has grown and hope that it continues to do so…”

“It was a pleasure to host such wonderful people and be part of the lovely environment” – FatmaAksu

Every year, Affinity reaches out to Muslim families asking if they would like to host those who aren’t Muslim in their homes for an iftar dinner during Ramadan. Yet again, the Muslim community exceeded our expectations and we were fortunate to find 29 families across Sydney and the Illwarra who were delighted to open their homes.

“I love you because of your service and contribution to the community. I love your community because of its service and contribution to Australia.”  – Hon. John Ajaka, MLC

Participants’ feedback has indicated that these dinners not only facilitate understanding of the Islamic faith, but also enhance the Muslim community’s sense of belonging in Australian society.

“Well done Affinity! Thank you for the generous hospitality shown to many. It is very much appreciated. God bless you and all your host families at Eid and throughout the coming year.” – Patrick McInerney

 

Photos from the Home Iftar Dinners

Affinity Sunday Brekkie – Home Encounters

 

The Sunday Brekkies are an initiative in the spirit of our highly successful home encounters initiatives we have been organising since our inception.

 

These are small informal events (about 8-12 guests) at the residence of a Muslim family in Sydney with the aim of contributing to social harmony and a healthy modern Australian society through encouraging dialogue, facilitating cultural exchange and fostering friendships.

 

The family-friendly atmosphere and warm hospitality of our hosts provide a relaxed environment for conversation while our guests enjoy delicious food alongside a cup of tea or strong Turkish coffee. The human touch sometimes makes all the difference and feedback for our various home-based programs has been overwhelmingly positive from both hosts and guests.

 

To take part in this exciting project, please email to info@affinity.org.au . A member of our team will write back and discuss details with you.

 

27 November 2016

20 November 2016

 

13 November 2016

25 September 2016

 

 

 

Affinity Saturday BBQ – Home Encounters

The Saturday BBQs are an initiative in the spirit of our highly successful home encounters initiatives we have been organising since our inception.

 

These are small informal events (about 8-12 guests) at the residence of a Muslim family in Sydney with the aim of contributing to social harmony and a healthy modern Australian society through encouraging dialogue, facilitating cultural exchange and fostering friendships.

 

The family-friendly atmosphere and warm hospitality of our hosts provide a relaxed environment for conversation while our guests enjoy delicious food alongside a cup of tea or strong Turkish coffee. The human touch sometimes makes all the difference and feedback for our various home-based programs has been overwhelmingly positive from both hosts and guests.

 

To take part in this exciting project, please email to info@affinity.org.au . A member of our team will write back and discuss details with you.

12 November 2016

 


15 October 2016

 


24 October 2015


Home Iftar Dinner – 29/07/2015

Once again this year Affinity Intercultural Foundation took great pleasure in arranging home iftars in varies parts of Sydney. Friends of Affinity Intercultural Foundation from all walks of live joined together on an Iftar – ‘breaking of the fast’ dinner – at the private residence of a Muslim family.

Affinity has been augmenting its significant contribution to social harmony through its Home Iftar Dinners initiative, which has now been running for several years. These Iftars, held during the month of Ramadan, are a great opportunity for individuals to engage in first-hand cultural exchange and consequent dialogue arising from the many commonalities. The feedback we have received from previous participants confirms that such engagement not only facilitates understanding of the Islamic faith and the Muslim culture but also enhances the Muslim community’s sense of belonging and consequently its contribution to Australian society.

As Affinity Intercultural Foundation, we had the chance to arrange a dozen or two several dates with Muslim families who were excited about the opportunity to host Home Iftar in their homes. In the past as well as this year, Muslim families have hosted both federal and state politicians, public servants, media representatives, academics, think tank representatives, community and religious leaders.

We hope those who attend Affinity Home Iftar 2015 had a wonderful experience. As Affinity Intercultural Foundation we would like to thank all of the friends/guest who attended home iftar this year and of course give a special thanks to our Muslim families who opened their homes to host an home iftar.

Luke Aquinas FOLEY, MP

“It was an absolute pleasure to be invited into the home of Bulent and to meet with his family and members of Affinity, who are doing such great work in the community.”

“There is no better way to understand the importance of working together then when you are breaking bread in someone’s home.”

Luke Aquinas FOLEY, MPLeader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for the Arts, Shadow Minister for Racing, and Shadow Minister for Western Sydney
Linda Smith

“I just wanted to thank you sincerely for organising the wonderful iftar on Sunday night.”

“We were shown such wonderful hospitality and thoroughly enjoyed meeting yourself and our very generous host family.”

Linda SmithEditor, That’s Life! magazine
Janine Perrett

“Many thanks for organising a lovely Iftar dinner on Sunday night. I enjoyed it immensely and would ask you to pass on our warmest appreciation to the whole family who were all involved in welcoming us into their home and providing such fabulous food and hospitality.”

Janine PerrettSky News
Associate Professor Rodger Shanahan

“I just wanted to thank you for the hospitality of you and your family in hosting all of us for the Iftar dinner this week. The food was lovely and the company and conversation stimulating. It was much appreciated.”

Associate Professor Rodger ShanahanResearch Fellow at the Lowy Institute
Darren Goodsir

“Thank you very much for your kindness and hospitality last night, and for the wonderful dinner and deserts … My team, and I, were very fortunate to have been able to share this experience in the privacy of your family home.

We felt very welcome, and privileged, and I wanted to pass on my gratitude and best wishes, on behalf of the Herald, to you and your lovely family, and friends.”

Darren GoodsirEditor-in-Chief of The Sydney Morning Herald
David Bennett

“Thank you very much for organizing the iftar dinner at home of Bulent & Senay Yildiz on Tuesday.
The food was delicious, the company was fascinating and the atmosphere was brilliant.
Affinity did a wonderful job.
With warm good wishes”

David BennettAustralian barrister and former Solicitor-General of Australia
Highlights from this years Home Iftar:
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