Community members gather for a Ramadan Iftar dinner at the Australian Islamic Center

By Molly Magennis

The Australian Islamic Center in Newport hosted a community Iftar on April 21, which was attended by local dignitaries and mosque members.

Iftar is an evening meal when Muslims complete their daily fast during Ramadan.

About 70 people gathered at the mosque, including members of Fire Rescue Victoria, Gellibrand MP Tim Watts, Williamstown MP Melissa Horne and Hobsons Bay Mayor Peter Hemphill.

After a tour of the mosque by one of the building’s architects, Hakan Elevli, those present gathered for dinner in the library, where they broke their fast on dates and water.

A delicious feast of Middle Eastern dishes and desserts was enjoyed by all.

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