Celebrating love and peace

Muslims in Gippsland are invited to attend the celebration of Eid-Ul-Adha at the Federation University Student Union Hall on Sunday at 5pm.

Organised by the Gippsland Australia Muslim Community Inc and the Monash University Islamic Society, the event will open with children’s activities by the United Muslim Sisters of the Latrobe Valley.

It will be followed by presentations including a recitation of verses from the Quran and end with a dinner from 6.45pm.

“We would like to invite our brothers and sisters and friend of GAMCI to attend the event so that they may understand the real Islamic teachings of love and peace, as well as appreciate and interact with the growing multicultural and multi-ethnic Muslim communities in Gippsland,” GAMCI said in a statement.

The celebration of Eid-Ul-Adha, one of the two most important events in the Muslim faith, comes in the wake of recent police raids against suspected supporters of the extremist Islamic State.

“This is an event that Muslims celebrate irrespective of what’s happening,” GAMCI president Tanveer Hasan said.

“We don’t consider these (raids) as something against the Muslim community.

“It is against people with extreme views. We do not support any act of terrorism.”

The event was made possible through a grant by the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

VMC chair Chin Tan is set to attend the celebration.