Lynda Voltz MP and Warren Kirby MP Join Sydney Bohras to Break Ramadan Fast

The Dawoodi Bohras of Sydney invited Lynda Voltz MP and Warren Kirby MP to the community centre to break fast during Ramadan.

The Dawoodi Bohra community of Sydney welcomed Lynda Voltz MP, Member of the New South Wales Parliament representing Auburn, and Warren Kirby MP, the Member for Riverstone, to their community masjid in Auburn on 2nd April for an Iftar dinner to mark the breaking of the daily fast during Ramadan.

Alongside countless Muslims globally, the Dawoodi Bohras of Sydney are marking the holy month of Ramadan. This period is recognized as the ninth and most revered month in the Islamic calendar. During Ramadan, Dawoodi Bohras participate in fasting from sunrise to sunset, engage in the recitation and memorization of the Quran, host and offer meals to others, and partake in philanthropic activities, including food drives.

Ms Voltz and Mr Kirby were given a tour of the Dawoodi Bohras’ Masjid complex, and introduced to community members. The guests were also given an overview of the Bohras’ Dana Committee, which is part of the Bohras’ larger efforts to reduce food wastage during communal meals throughout the year and especially during Ramadan.

Murtaza Poonawala, a member of the Sydney Dawoodi Bohra community, was thrilled with the presence of local dignitaries at the Iftar.

“For many years, the Dawoodi Bohras have taken great pride in their impactful presence within the local community. It was our pleasure to welcome two hard working Members of the New South Wales Parliament who represent constituencies where many Dawoodi Bohras live and work,” he said.

As well as hosting a delightful communal dinner, the Bohras took the opportunity to educate their guests on their traditions during Ramadan, including fasting, prayer, shared meals, and charitable acts.

Warren Kirby MP commented after the event, “The Dawoodi Bohra community is renowned for its service to the community. It was therefore fascinating to learn about their SBUT redevelopment project in Mumbai.” 

The Dawoodi Bohras’ SBUT (Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust) project is an ambitious urban redevelopment initiative located in the Bhendi Bazaar area of Mumbai, India, that will significantly improve the quality of life for its residents. Mr Kirby continued, “I was honoured to pay respects at the mausoleum  of the Dawoodi Bohra leaders on my recent visit to Mumbai.”

As the NSW Legislative Assembly Member for Auburn, Lynda Voltz MP has had a close relationship with the local Bohra community for many years, with the Dawoodi Bohra masjid—or mosque—located in her constituency. The Dawoodi Bohras have enjoyed regular interaction with Ms Voltz and her office regarding various social causes throughout the year.

Ramadan is a time for charity and giving, as well as fasting and prayer. During this holy month, Dawoodi Bohras—like Muslims around the world—support the less fortunate, share meals, and contribute to community welfare projects. Over the last month, the Dawoodi Bohra community in Sydney has shown its appreciation for its neighbours by distributing traditional Bohra dishes and sweets. Additionally, in partnership with charitable organizations, the community has provided communal meals to the elderly and those in need.

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