First Iftar in 2009 attended by more than 200
This is the first time in ALMA's short history where ALMA had the opportunity to organise an Iftar on the first day of Ramadhan. Alhamdulillah, ever since 2003 when ALMA Community Education Program (ACEP) began to organise weekly Iftar programs in the Somerville Room at the Auburn Council Hall, the enthusiasm to facilitate to break fast of fellow Muslims has steadily grown. This has purely been to reap the rewards and blessings from Allah (SWT) as described in many Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
The Iftar event last night was held at the Dundas Community Centre, 21 Sturt Street Telopea and it coincided with the regular ACEP event where children gathered to practice reading the Qur'an according to Tajweed rules. The highlight for the evening was a speech by Br. Mohammad Quadan after Iftar where he highlighted some practical aspects of reaping maximum blessings in this Holy month. He reminded that small deeds if done regularly is likened by Allah (SWT) rather than big deeds performed irregularly. He also emphasized the importance of setting realistic goals to achieve during this month and striving towards achieving them.
Isha and Taraweeh prayers followed. After a very nice dinner organised by the first Iftar group, a brief children's quiz program was conducted, Tasbeeh prayers were also conducted for those who were able to stay behind to perform extra supererogatory prayers before proceedings for the evening were wounded up at 10.30 pm.