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

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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Home Iftar Dinner 2015

Affinity Intercultural Foundation takes great pleasure in extending an invitation to you and your spouse/ friend to join us for an Iftar – ‘breaking of the fast’ dinner – at the private residence of a Muslim family.

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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.

We warmly invite you to be a part of this special community initiative. We have arranged several dates with Muslim families who are excited about the opportunity to host you in their homes. In the past Muslim families have hosted both federal and state politicians, public servants, media representatives, academics, think tank representatives, community and religious leaders.

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Ramadan this year commences on 18 June and concludes on 16 July. The dates we have arranged to host you and your spouse/friend are found on the registration form page.

NOTE : Iftars held during a weeknight commences at 6:30pm and 5:00pm on weekends.

Upon completing the registration form, we will reply back to you advising which Muslim family will be hosting you, including their home address and other details.

We hope you will be able to partake in this event and celebrate diversity with us. We look forward to seeing you at one of these home iftar dinners.

Few highlights from pervious years…

SBS News 2014 – Turkish Ramadan feast brings faiths together in Sydney

SBS News 2011- Breaking Bread Together

SBS News 2011 – Australians Celebrate Eid

 

HOME IFTARS 2014

The Home Iftars have been a growing tradition since its inception in 2006. This year was no exception for Affinity intercultural Foundation as 25 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 cosy atmosphere of a home coupled with exquisite home-made cuisine, leads to sincere, fruitful dialogue between individuals. This engagement helps break down barriers and allows participants to “feel richer for the experience”. It also allows for the hosts to gain deeper knowledge of their guests’ roles in society and/or in their workforce, which leads to greater appreciation of the work that they do. This friendly transaction sows the seed for greater awareness and understanding within the community. Many times in these home iftars did our guests and hosts state that these opportunities to meet new people should continue and that Ramadan is a great time for this opportunity.

For Affinity the home iftar dinner concept is a two-transaction. We receive great compliments from the hosts and the guests as it allows for each to peek into the lives of another to find there are so many commonalities that bind us. This is a common feedback we receive from both parties.

Affinity is looking to continue this tradition for next year, hoping to increase the participation and allow new people to be introduced to this concept. We would like to thank the community for their accepting the offer and placing their trust in us and the host family’s generosity.

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