Welcome to Austra-Lanka Muslim Association (ALMA)
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.
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.
Mr. Lauri Ferguson has been closely associated with ALMA for nearly six years and you may recall the encouraging speech he delivered at our young achievers award ceremony in 2007.
The full release reads as follows:
This is the first time in ALMA's short history where ALMA had the opportunity to organise an Iftar on the first day of Ramadhan. Alhamdulillah, ever since 2003 when ALMA Community Education Program (ACEP) began to organise weekly Iftar programs in the Somerville Room at the Auburn Council Hall, the enthusiasm to facilitate to break fast of fellow Muslims has steadily grown. This has purely been to reap the rewards and blessings from Allah (SWT) as described in many Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Alhamdulillah, the welcome Ramadhan event concluded with more than 60 participants attending the program. The event started immediately after the ACEP classes at 6.45 pm with a speech by Br. Mohammed Zaoud reminding about the need for mental, spiritual as well as physical preparation for the month of Ramadhan. It was an inspirational speech that touched the hearts of all participants.
The evening also included a number of presentations from children about Ramadhan. Pizza dinner and a hot cup of tea at the end was enjoyed by all participants.
Following consultation with major Masjids in Sydney ALMA would like to inform that fasting begins on Saturday 22 August 2009 Insha Allah. ALMA executive committee wishes Ramadhan Mubarak to all its members and friends for a very beneficial month filled with piety and good deeds. Please note that Taraweeh prayers therefore will start tomorrow night (Friday).