Welcome to Austra-Lanka Muslim Association (ALMA)
As an initiative of the Community Relations Department of the Australian Federal Police, ALMA executive committee members met AFP representatives to discuss issues of mutual interest and to explore avenues to improve good relations with local community members. This meeting follows from the good relations that the Community Relations Department of the AFP has established with several other communities in Sydney.
AFP deputy manager of the Sydney branch Mr. Terry Venchiarutti and the community liaison team leader Mr. Fady Taha represented the AFP. The meeting lasted for about 2 hours where ALMA representatives explained about ALMA and its activities on Friday 14 May 2010 at the Regents Park Community Hall, Amy street, Regents Park.
Under a state government initiative, the Premier's Department asked for expression of interest from community organisations to submit applications to receive funding for community projects, late last year. This initiative is called "Community Building Partnerships", a project managed by the "Communities NSW" section of the Premier's Department.
ALMA submitted applications for a number of projects including a project to conduct sewing classes for interested sisters in our community.
Alhamdulillah, we are pleased to inform you that the sewing classes project has been successful in securing funding and a $10,000 grant has been approved for implmenting the project in June this year. The initial project duration is for a six month period where ALMA executive committee has drawn up plans for about 10 lessons.
ALMA will celebrate Eid-ul-Adha on Friday 27 November 2009 Insha Allah. We take this opportunity to wish all our members and friends a very happy Eid Mubarak. We also ask Dua that Allah (SWT) accept the Hajj of millions of muslims who have gathered in the holy city of Makkah for the holy pilgrimage.
ALMA organised Eid prayers will be held at the Auburn Park, corner of Macquarie Rd and Simpson St with Takbir beginning at 7.30 am. Eid salat will be at 8.00 am followed by Eid Khutbah concluding at 8.30 am.
Australia could have its first Islamic bank within five years and become an Islamic banking hub if regulatory hurdles can be addressed, government and business leaders say.
Assistant Treasurer Nick Sherry said yesterday the Federal Government was committed to making the regulatory framework governing banks flexible enough to accommodate Islamic banking products and services while still protecting consumers.
Senator Sherry said there were concerns state stamp duty on property sales and other taxation might be hindering the development of Islamic finance in Australia and these issues needed to be addressed.
ALMA has organised to hold its fifth consecutive Hajj farewell ceremony to wish the pilgrims who will be undertaking the sacred journey to Mecca this year Insha Allah on Sunday 25 October 2009 at the Auburn Town Hall. The farewell ceremony will be part of the ACEP program and will commence at 6.30 pm.
The event will include an inspirational video presentation to encourage others to undertake this sacred journey. All ALMA members and friends are invited to attend this occasion which also serves as an ideal opportunity to exchange salams personally with the pilgrims before their departure.
Austra Lanka Muslim Association (ALMA) was among the Sydney-based Associations with a Sri Lankan background that were invited for a meeting with the Sri Lanka Cousul General in Sydney, Mr. P.D. Fernando on 20th October 2009 at the Sri Lanka Consulate Office to discuss a number of issues including the establishment of a Business Council of Sydney for the business community with an interest in investments in Sri Lanka.
ALMA was represented by Mohamed Fazli at the meeting that included ten other Sydney based associations with a Sri Lankan background.
Alhamdulillah ALMA had a very successful month of Ramadhan activities. Beginning from the Welcome Ramadhan event on 15 August 2009, ALMA conducted a series of Iftar events, speeches, a Qiyam program, Eid prayer and culminated with Eid celebration cum AGM on 26 September 2009.
Now that Ramadhan is over, it is time for those who are planning to perform Hajj to get serious. We are aware that a number of brothers and sisters from the Sri Lankan Muslim community in Sydney have already set plans to take up this sacred journey this year.