Iftar with Mayor & Councillors

World Islamic Mission Canada organized the first  official Iftar gathering with the Mayor of Oakille and City Councillors. This auspicious event took place at  the Oakville Town Hall on Sept 26th, 2008. Community leaders and officials joined the Muslim community of Oakville to partake in the breaking of the fast in the holy month of Ramadan. For most of the attendees this was a new and informative experience about Islam

Many felt that the gathering highlighted, in a very human way, the importance of fasting in the lives of Muslims and how  iftar is used as a means of constant reflection to examine themselves in their roles as parents, students and positive members of our community.  Moreover, this dignified gathering proved that by communities coming together to learn from each, there is hope for us to work together in an atmosphere of  love and mutual respect. 

image1Munaf Solaiman, vice-president of WIM, welcomes Councilllor Fred Oliver and his wife. Fred Oliver explains that he has been a member of the Oakville Town Council for twenty-one years and has seen many changes during his duties in public life.
image2Mohamed Siddiqui, executive member of WIM, meets Wayne Joudrie, Director of Education for the Halton District School Board
image3Councillor Mary Chapin chats with Miss Hameeza Hayy.
image4Councillor Mark Grant and his wife meet Sara Sami and Mrs. Sabith Ali of Oakville.
image5CMayor Rob Burton chats with Sabir Sami and Munaf Solaiman
image6PC candidate, Terrence Young, and assistant Ed Haffer meet Mohamed Siddiqui
image7Abdul Ahad Ruhoman, Secretary if WIM, welcomes federal MP of Oakville Bonnie Brown to the Oakville Iftar gathering.
image8Terrence Young exchange views with Councillor Tom Adams
Sabith Ali, resident of Oakville for 37 years, chats with Councillor Alan Johnston
image10Dr. Shaida Khan and her father meet with representatives of the Halton Health Authority
Master of Ceremony for the event, Noorhassan Kausim and Hafiz Usman Munawwar explain the importance of fasting for Muslims
Maulana Yunus Ashrafi, Imam of Masjid Noor-ul-Haram, with MP Bonnie Brown, Sabir Sami and Zaffar Munawwar listening to the Iftar presentation.
Oakville Muslims and non-Muslims come together to share a solemn moment – the time of Iftar / breaking of the fast at sunset.
WIM Executive members – Hassan Peero, Bilal Jahanghir, and Saeed Iqbal together with member of the organizing committee Sara Sami particpating in the Iftar.
Councillor Fred Oliver in a moment of reflection joined by Inspector Jackie Gordon of Halton Regional Police Service.
Prayer at iftar gives Muslims a chance to reflect – Br Waqqar and friend
Mr. & Mrs Odidi, Community Leader, participating in the Iftar gathering.
Councillor Maqsood Khan and wife join in the Iftar gathering. Br. ‘Max’ is the first Muslim Councillor in Oakville.
Ramesh Shukla, President of the Vaishno Devi HinduTemple of Halton, with the pundit of the temple joined by Abdul Hayee and Mohamed Siddqiui in the iftar program.
PC candidate – Terrence Young expresses his gratitude for being in such an auspicious iftar gathering.