Second Iftar in 2009 draws an even bigger crowd
Alhamdulillah, the second ACEP Iftar yesterday drew more than 250 guests to break their fast at the Auburn Town Hall. The event was attended by a number of guests including the ACEP teachers and their families.
The ALMA organisers had a scare a couple of hours prior to the start of the event as it was found that the council authorities had made a mistake by making a double booking the Auburn Town Hall for another group of Muslims at the same time. Fortunately, the matter was resolved through negotiations with the organisers of the other group who managed to make alternative arrangements at the Auburn Gallipoli Masjid.
The venue opened at 4.30 pm for the regular ACEP program where children gathered to practice reading the Qur'an according to Tajweed rules. The highlight for the evening was a speech by Sheikh Bilal Dannoun after Iftar where he highlighted the significance of the month of Ramadhan through 15 important virtues. Insha Allah we plan to highlight some aspects of his speech in a separate article in this website. Sheikh Bilal Dannoun articulated his thoughts with convincing arguments through evidence from the Qur'an and Sunnah and was so inspirational in his approach.
Isha prayers was led by Br. Arees and Taraweeh prayers by Br. Ubaidur Rahmaan with Du'a recitation by him after Taraweeh in Tamil touching the hearts of many participants.
Once again the dinner was distinctly Sri Lankan style, the desert was very much international and that hot cup of tea to top it off was sensational.
It was time again for a brief quiz program for children where the kids received lollies for their participation. A small number of participants who still had the energy for Tasbeeh prayers stayed behind and proceedings for the evening closed around 10.45 pm.