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ALMA RAMADHAN and EID PROGRAMMES 2010

It is time again for us to welcome the month of Ramadhan that brings mercy, blessings and great rewards. Insha Allah, we will start fasting on Wednesday 11th August (subject to confirmation). We will bring more information to you as we get a bit closer, Insha Allah.

As of now the following plans have been devised in view of the month of Ramadhan programmes 2010 and Eid celebrations.

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Young Achievers Award and Ceremonial Opening of Sewing Class


ALMA is pleased to announce that the sewing classes for ladies has begun on Saturday 26 June 2010 at the Somerville Room, Auburn Council building. This is a project initiative sponsored by the Premier's department under "Community Building Partnerships" theme. The opening of the classes began with an address by ALMA president Br. Mohamed Fazli who gave details about the syllabus, teachers, administrators and their roles and course duration etc. Several executive committee members including vice president Br. Rizvi Fareed were present at the opening.

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Australian Federal Police meeting with 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.

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Eid Mubarak: Eid-ul-Adha

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.

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Islamic banking tipped in 5 years


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.

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Sewing Classes - ALMA secures funding

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.

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Sri Lanka Consulate Plans to establish Sydney Business Council

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.

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New Mayor of Auburn Welcomes ALMA Representatives


The new Mayor of Auburn, Honourable Hitcham Zraika received ALMA representatives in his chambers on Tuesday 13 October 2009 to discuss community concerns and provide an update on new developments in the Auburn Area.

Mr. Zraika is the first Sunni Muslim in Australia to be elected Mayor of a local government body and ALMA representatives congratulated him on his achievement.

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Events & Activities
25th Anniversary Cricket Tournament winners

The Cricket tournament organised by ALMA making their 25th Anniversary Celebrations ended on a very high note of success.   12 Teams participated and after a nail biting semi-finals, Six Hearts became the clear winners on the day.

 
Eid-ul-Fitr Dinner function July 2016

ALMA had its annual Eid-ul-Fitr Dinner which also contained a segment of ACEP Ramadan competition prize giving as well. This function was attended by a sold-out record crowd of this nature ALMA ever had. It had several activities including trivia and kids games which kept all attendees fully engaged throughout the program.

 

 
Ifthar function June 2016

On the invitation of the leader of the opposition (Parliament of NSW) and MP for Auburn, Hon Luke Foley, ALMA’s liaison officer Abdul Gafoor attended an Iftar function on 17th June 2016. Number of dignitaries including Grand Mufti of Australia, state and federal politicians, Islamic scholars, community leaders, leading school principals were among the invited guests.

 
Edul Fithr July 2016

Alhamdulillah, ALMA had a great Eid Celebration on 6 July 2016 at Turkish Mosque (Youth Centre) in Auburn. A large number of people attended for prayers and thereafter everyone exchanged salams and greetings with each other.

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