On Sunday, January 31, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Victoria hosted a dinner reception to commemorate Australia Day at the Baitul Salam (House of Peace) mosque in Langwarrin.
The reception began at 3pm with a recitation of the Holy Quran with an English translation. Following was a short speech delivered by 13-year-old Master Abdul Salam Danish, who spoke on the topic of How I Celebrate Australia Day, while Ayza Bajwa also shared her speech in the first session on the subject of Love of Country, Part of My Faith. For the second session, 12-year-old Samar Usman presented on the topic Proud Australian and Mr Nooruddin Abaas gave his speech on What Australia Day Means For Me.
With 390 people attending the event, various dignitaries also spoke at the reception and touched on how highly respected Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Victoria is for its continued efforts in bringing people of various faiths and cultures together to celebrate this special occasion. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Victoria presented Shields of Recognition to community leaders, friends and organisations for their hard work and dedication during the past year.
A shield was presented to Brijal Parikh from Indian Gujrati Community for his contributions and endless efforts for the local community. La Trobe federal Liberal MP Jason Wood received a shield as well for his contribution towards the local multicultural communities. Assistant Chief Fire Officer Jamie Hansen received a shield on behalf of CFA Australia for its endless efforts in keeping our community safe.
At the end of the ceremony, Peninsula Health CEO Felicity Topp was presented with a shield and a $5000 cheque donation from Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Victoria.
Also present at the event were representatives from state and federal parliaments, CFA Australia, Peninsula Health, Victoria Police, Rotary clubs, human rights group, universities and various interfaith networks. The reception ended at 5pm and was followed by dinner being served to all guests.