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Welcome to Austra-Lanka Muslim Association (ALMA)

Iftar at NSW Parliament House













ALMA representatives were among those who were invited yesterday for Iftar by the Premier of NSW , The Honourable Nathan Rees to the Parliament House at Macquarie Street Sydney to celebrate Interfaith Harmony.

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.

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Second Iftar in 2009 draws an even bigger crowd

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.

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ALMA Secures Regents Park Community Hall

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.

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First Iftar in 2009 attended by more than 200

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).

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Welcome Ramadhan Event

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.

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Australian Parliamentarian speaks about Ramadhan

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:

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Ramadhan Mubarak

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).

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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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