Welcome to Austra-Lanka Muslim Association (ALMA)
10 September 2009
A new report shows that migrants born overseas are not considered ‘un-Australian’, the Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services, Laurie Ferguson, said today.
‘The Monash University report, Perceptions of Multiculturalism and Security in Victoria, will be used by the Australian Multicultural Advisory Council and Australian Government in the development of new cultural diversity policies,’ Mr Ferguson said.
ALMA has planned to celebrate the Lailathul Qadr Night event Insha Allah on Friday 11 September 2009. This will coincide with the beginning of the 21st fast of this Ramadhan.
As we all know that the Lailathul Qadr Night could fall on any of the last ten days of Ramadhan, ALMA has chosen the very first day in the last ten days so that members and friends will have more opportunities to celebrate this blessed night in Masjids in the remaining days of Ramadhan.
As the event will involve an all night program, members and friends are kindly requested to give their names if they are planning to stay for the Sahur meal. Please contact us to express your interest to participate in this event.
Alhamdulillah, the third ACEP Iftar yesterday that was conducted in conjunction with the ACEP also saw the beginning of the Ramadhan Qur'an competition. It was very pleasing to see children mostly under the age of 10 years enthusiastically practising before facing two judges who were assigned the task of selecting the best three Qur'an recitations of Sura Yaseen. A smaller group of even younger children also participated in a separate competition for memorising small sura's of the Qur'an
Community leaders from several religious denominations were present on the occasion where a number of government ministers and commissioners of government agencies joined the Premier in welcoming the guests.
Alhamdulillah, ALMA is one of twelve organisations who have secured approval to use the recently renovated Regents Park community centre. This facility is located in very close proximity to the Regents Park railway station and is adjacent to the library. Plenty of free parking is available in a car park belonging to the Auburn Council that is situated next to the community centre.
Regents Park community hall is managed by the Auburn Council. Expressions of interest from community organisations was called by the Auburn Council late last year (2008) to use the premises following the termination of the previous occupiers of the facility.
ALMA executive committee at its last meeting on 1st August 2009 has decided to hold the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 26 Saturday September 2009. This would coincide with the Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations already announced as part of Ramdhan planning.
The AGM this year falling on a non-election year will be a short event where the annual reports are scheduled to be tabled.
Alhamdulillah, the second ACEP Iftar yesterday drew more than 250 guests to break their fast at the Auburn Town Hall. The event was attended by a number of guests including the ACEP teachers and their families.
The ALMA organisers had a scare a couple of hours prior to the start of the event as it was found that the council authorities had made a mistake by making a double booking the Auburn Town Hall for another group of Muslims at the same time. Fortunately, the matter was resolved through negotiations with the organisers of the other group who managed to make alternative arrangements at the Auburn Gallipoli Masjid.
Mr. Lauri Ferguson, Federal member for Reed and current parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services, in a media release, has given a very good background about Muslims fasting in the month of Ramadhan. Some interesting statistics about Muslims and historical background to the original Muslim settlements in Australia by the people of Afghanistan (The Ghans) is also given.