CULTURE THROUGH FOOD: Visitors were able to try several curries and sweets at the Islamic Society of Gladstone open day as part of Multicultural Week.
CULTURE THROUGH FOOD: Visitors were able to try several curries and sweets at the Islamic Society of Gladstone open day as part of Multicultural Week. Mike Richards GLAISLM

PHOTOS: Islamic society opens doors to share culture

PREPARATION for the Islamic Society of Gladstone's open day involved cooking 20kg of rice, 20kg of beef and 30kg of chicken.

Zaheer Syed helped cook the giant pots of steaming curry, which also included yoghurt, cashews, almonds and pistachios.

A big part of culture is learned, and shared, over food and the guests at yesterday's event filled their bellies to the brim.

Councillors, school teachers, police officers, and other community members were welcomed with the open arms of Gladstone's Islamic community.

They listened to a recitation of the Quran and were able to try on different ethnic clothing including the hijab.

Gladstone State High principal Christine Hills said she had a number of Muslim students at her school.

"If we can introduce our children to different cultures and religions when they're young they can grow together and understand each other," she said.

"I was very struck by how welcoming they were when we arrived.

"It's getting to learn something people think they know a lot about. I'm supportive of the effort the Islamic community has made opening up to Gladstone."

Society president Dzulkamal Ahmad was pleased with the turnout.

"There were many questions asked towards the end, which we are happy to answer.

"It's the first time the police came and joined us. We believe Gladstone is quite peaceful and we don't see any racial clashes here, which is something good."



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