Sydney Prayer Times

Constitution

In 1993, the ALMA executive committee decided to adopt a constitution to formalise the governance and establish rules and regulations for the association. This task was given to Br. Imtiaz Issadeen who had arrived in Sydney from Melbourne where he had helped to draft the constitution for USMA (United Sri-Lanka Muslim Association). With the assistance of Br. Fahumy Haniffa a professional lawyer in Melbourne, the ALMA constitution was drafted and presented to the ALMA AGM in 1994 for adoption. The ALMA constitution thus defined the objects of the association, the governance and set the rules and regulations.

In 2003 the ALMA executive committee undertook to review the constitution as it appeared more of an association for Sri Lankan Muslims living in Sydney. By 2003, majority members of ALMA had taken up citizenship in Australia and therefore the constitution required to reflect that ALMA as an association for Australian Muslims of Sri Lankan background. With the inception of the ALMA Education Program (ACEP) in 2002 and its close liaison with the Auburn Council and government agencies, it became aparent that the constitution needed a number of other changes to bring in line with Australian law and be compatible to register as a not-for-profit association with the Department of Fair Trading.

Constitutional reform was undertaken by a sub committee appointed by the executive committee of 2003 that included Br. Abdul Gafoor, Br. Nufail Ali, Br. Ubaidur Rahmaan, Br. Fehraz Fallil and Br. Mohamed Fazli for this purpose and worked hard to bring out a draft constitution in early 2004. After wide consultation with several members within the community, the constitution was finalised and was proposed for adoption at the AGM in 2004. Alhamdulillah the constitution has been accepted by government bodies and other agencies that require this document for grant applications to receive funding, resource allocation such as council hall bookings, banking requirements and registration with the department of fair trading.

Members wishing to obtain a copy of the Constitution may contact the committee members and request for it.

 

Events & Activities
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.

 

 
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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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.

 
Ramadan 2016

ALMA had its first (of the four) Ifthars this Ramadan on 11th June 2016 at Auburn Town Hall. Alhamdulillah, over 400 people were estimated to be present. An inspiring speech was delivered by Zac Matthews (Dr Zachariah Matthews) soon after Magrib prayers.

ALMA had the opportunity to launch the much awaited JANAZA fund and introduce the Janaza Subcommittee on that night. Alhamdulillah, over 75 family and individual members were signed up for this programme immediately. Members were also generous enough to contribute to the annual dry-rations project - the funds of which will be sent to Sri Lanka and distributed among poor and needy families in various parts of Sri Lanka next week Insha Allah.