The guests heard speeches from Clean Up Australia Day founder Ian Kiernan, Ahmadiyya national president Imam Kauser, and Muslim elders and youth.

With a barbecue sizzling outside and flags adorning nearly every guest, Baitul Huda Mosque was the epitome of patriotism on Australia Day.

The Ahmaddiya Muslim Association’s ‘Muslims for Loyalty’ campaign took social media by storm in the lead up to the annual celebration.

Mosques around Australia greeted guests for lunch, while Muslims also joined in secular celebrations.

The Marsden Park mosque hosted about 450 people for a formal morning program followed by barbecue lunch.

The guests heard speeches from Clean Up Australia Day founder Ian Kiernan, Ahmadiyya national president Imam Kauser, and Muslim elders and youth.

An Ahmaddiya spokesman said the community has a long association with Clean Up Australia.

The Marsden Park mosque has been recognised several times for topping the country in terms of numbers of volunteers and money raised for the organisation.

“The common theme [of the speeches] was how lucky we are, how grateful we are to call Australia home,” the spokesman said.

“We don’t just talk about it, we put it in our actions as well.”

Imam Kauser said he enjoys that Australia celebrates with a barbecue, rather than fireworks, which promotes the values of brotherhood and friendliness.

Other guests at the Baitul Huda Australia Day celebration included Blacktown Police chief inspector Bob Fitzgerald, WASH House board member Sharron Wood, and Aboriginal elder Greg Simms.

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