Since its inception, the Iftar Dinner with the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay (DBB) in partnership with Affinity Intercultural Foundation has grown, welcoming guests from Affinity, the Diocese and the Hills District Muslim Society over a series of years now.
This year’s theme “Scared Hospitality” could be seen in the dialogue, conversations and connections throughout the evening, as Father Vince Casey welcomed all followed by the Adhan (Muslim call to prayer) and breaking of the fast – Iftar dinner.
After being treated to some exotic Afghan cuisine, guests listened to the recitation of a short passage from the Holy Qur’an.
Afterwards, the panel session on the evening’s theme “Scared hospitality” began with Dr Trish Madigan presenting the Christian perspective and Mr Mohamed Baqai the Muslim perspective. There were many common threads on the very topic of hospitality as each tradition focussed on more than just being hospitable around a dinner table and looked deeper into the core being of our existence. Both speakers highlighted the many gifts and bounties placed on this earth, not so it could be consumed by one race or community but rather to be shared amongst all inhabitants, irrespective if they’re human or not. Both touched on Abraham’s hospitality and each gave examples of how Jesus and Muhammed (Peace Be Upon Them) exemplified the spirit of sharing with their fellow humans.
The two perspectives were welcomed and echoed by the attendees as Affinity’s Executive Director, Mr Ahmet Keskin, offered a vote of thanks to everyone involved in setting up the program and highlighted the need and importance of such events.