Ramadan meal to bring Hastings together

Greatest respect: Asra Mohammad, Rahil Ansari and Nigel Uruoin enjoying last year's gathering at Sails Resort.
Greatest respect: Asra Mohammad, Rahil Ansari and Nigel Uruoin enjoying last year's gathering at Sails Resort.

THEY say three times is a charm, and that looks likely to be the case at Friday's third annual Iftar Diversity and Dialogue Dinner. 

Members of the community will gather to celebrate the breaking of the fast with Muslims, who are currently observing Ramadan.

During the ninth month of the Islamic calendar believers do not eat or drink during daylight hours. It is also a time for reflection when evil or harmful thoughts are discouraged. -

Charles Sturt University's annual gathering was started in 2013 by then campus director Doctor Muyesser Durur and the Affinity Intercultural Foundation.-

The foundation's Ahmet Keskin emphasised the importance of sharing during the dinner.-

"Each year we see the Muslim community open their hearts and their homes to the general public, as they invite friends from all walks of their life to be around the dinner table," he said.

Current CSU head of campus Professor Heather Cavanagh said she has heard "a lot" about previous dinners, and is "looking forward to an exciting and engaging evening" at Sails Resort.

The academic was hopeful guests left the dinner with an increased respect for their neighbours. -

This story Dining on diversity first appeared on Port Macquarie News.

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