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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Islamic Charitable Association of Beirut City 2009 Iftar

Facilitating the Iftar of the Islamic Charitable Association of Beirut City Inc. 5 September 2009, Jasmin 1 Restaurant, Auburn.

Notes from the opening speach by Keysar Trad:

الحمد لله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Welcome distinguished guests, elders and friends and thank you for joining us for this Iftar.
As tonight marks the fifteenth night of the holy month of Ramadan, instead of repeating a message that you would have heard at every Iftar, I have decided to remind you of a lesson from fasting that we don't often hear.

Fasting requires that we control our mouth, that we keep it closed to food and water from dawn to sunset. We are also required to ensure that we do not ruin our fasting by saying anything that is wrong.

All this means that fasting predominently requires the control of the mouth. When it comes to speaking, the prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings upon him told us that sometimes a person may say a word heedlessly that it may cast him into hell for seventy autumns. Words are very important and it is very important to choose our words carefully and wisely. Some people have suffered greatly in this world for ill-chosen words.

The other part of our body that we must control is the private part, the prophet peace and blessings upon him said if you guarantee me two things, your mouth and your private parts, (that you do not misuse them), then I will guarantee you paradise, or Heaven.

This is the month that trains us to control these things very well. It is the month that strengthens our soul so that it can over come the needs of the flesh. This is the wonderful month of Ramadan.
The official guests table

Hajj Farouk Kassar, Ilham Hafez (2me), Akram Mughawesh and guests

His Grace Bishop Kevin Manning and Sr.Vivienne Keeley, Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, at the Iftar.

Hajj Farouk Kassr, His Excellency Tammam Sulaiman and his wife Isis Sulaiman

Sh. Khalil Chami, the Hon. Laurie Ferguson, Farouk Kassar his Excellency Tammam Sulaiman

Some of the official guests.

Hajj Hassan Bazzi, president of the Al Zahra Muslim Association.

His Excellency Tammam Sulaiman, the Ambassador of the Syrian Arab Republic

His Grace Bishop Kevin Manning, Catholic Diocese of Parramatta.

His Grace, Bishop Kevin Manning, Catholic Diocese of Parramatta.

Sh. Khalil Chami

The Hon. Laurie Ferguson Mp, parliamentary secretary for multicultural affairs.

Hajj Farouk Kassar, the president of the Islamic Charitable Association of Beirut City

Keysar Trad addressing the guests.

2009 Islamic Friendship Pre-Ramadan Barbecue

Pre Ramadan Barbecue with Special Guests, The Hon Philip Ruddock MP and his wife Heather and the Hon. Dr. John Hewson and his wife Jessica, Sh. Taj Aldin Alhilali, Richard Mitry and his wife Sandra, Antoine Kazzy and Camil chalala.
Special Thanks to Hiba and her Husband Andrew for making their home available for the barbecue.

Peace Vigil for Sri Lanka

Peace Vigil for Peace in Sri Lanka

Held at Martin Place, Sydney

25 July 2009

Islamic Friendship Association' message.

Choir singing for peace in Sri Lanka

Keysar Trad addressing those in attendance at the peace vigil

Sydney Lawyer Zaahir Edries delivering the message of the Sri Lankan Muslim Association.