Welcome to Austra-Lanka Muslim Association (ALMA)
Dr. Abdullah Periyardhasan is a highly renowned psychologist from India whose life journey from Polytheism to Atheism and then to Monotheism is intriguing and fascinating. He is also a visiting professor at the University of California in the USA and a former film actor in India.
Alhamdulillah, ALMA has successfully concluded its Ramadhan programs as planned in 2010. The executive committee met to plan the events during Ramadhan three months prior to the beginning of Ramadhan where weekend Iftars and a Qiyamul Lail event was determined. Therefore four Iftars on the
four Saturdays in Ramadhan and a Qiyamul Lail event on the last Friday of the month to coincide with the beginning of the 25th fast was scheduled. It was decided to continue the annual Ramadhan competition for children during this year as well.
For the fifth consecutive year ALMA has supported the Serendib Scholarship Fund to assist needy students in Sri Lanka continue their studies in universities and Sharia Colleges. In the last four years ALMA members and friends contributed over $56,000 where Human Appeal International joined to boost the fund beyond $82,000.
We have received a number of enquiries asking who is eligible to receive Zakat, how to calculate and how much to pay and on what wealth is Zakat due etc. We have furnished below the English translation of the Qur'an sura 9 verse 60 that describes the eight categories of people who are eligible to receive Zakat with a brief explanation via examples. A Zakat calculator is also available to assist you calculate your Zakat dues taking into consideration the Nisab (minimum amount you should have possessed over a twelve month period). Please contact us to receive an electronic copy of the Zakat calculator.
For the second consecutive year ALMA representatives were among those who were invited yesterday (23 Aug 2010) for Iftar at the NSW Parliament House by Premier of NSW , Hon. Kristina Keneally to celebrate Interfaith Harmony. The Iftar at Parliament House concept during the month of Ramadhan is a legacy of former premier Hon. Bob Carr who introduced this initiative in 2004.
ALMA will Insha Allah celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Friday 10 September 2010 at the Auburn Park (corner of Simpson
This decision is made following announcement by major Masjids around Sydney and the Board of Imams that the Eid-ul-Fitr would fall on 10 September 2010.
Takbir will start at 7.30 am and Eid salat will be at 8.00 am. Eid Khutba will follow Eid salat and would conclude at 8.30 am. Our customary Eid breakfast will be served after the khutba.
You will have an opportunity to pay your Zakat-ul-Fitr before the prayer and it is set at $10 per person.
We take this opportunity to wish all our members and friends Eid Mubarak and also make dua that all the good deeds in the holy month of Ramadan are accepted by Allah (SWT).
In the event of heavy rain in the early hours of Eid morning, prayers will not be conducted at the Auburn Park, so ALMA requests members and friends to make alternative arrangements to attend Eid prayers at local masjids.
ALMA is very pleased to inform the members and friends that the Auburn Council has renewed the lease to use the Regents Park Community Hall for year 2010/2011. The contract was signed this evening (26/08/2010) at the Auburn Town Hall and the lease is valid until 31/07/2011. The Community Hub is an initiative of the Auburn Council to provide active community based organisations in the Auburn area to use it's facilities for development activities.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Assalamu Alaikum
We are nearing the halfway mark in the month of Ramadhan for year 2010. As the beginning of the last ten nights of Ramadhan is just a few days away, it is time for us to focus and engage ourselves in acts of Ibadah that Allah (SWT) will reward abundantly. Lailathul Qadr Night without a doubt is at the top of the list when it comes to rewards that Allah (SWT) will bestow upon His servants who seek forgiveness and the blessings of this night.