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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:

Muslim Australians prepare to celebrate Ramadan

21 August 2009
Ramadan begins at dawn tomorrow (August 22), the Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services, Laurie Ferguson, said today.
Ramadan is a time when Australia’s Muslim community commemorates the month in which the Holy Quran was revealed and is a period of fasting, spiritual reflection and goodwill. It is also entails acts such as charity, kindness, generosity and forgiveness.
'In Australia, some 340 000 people from more than 100 countries are Muslims. In fact, nearly 40 per cent of Muslim Australians were born in Australia,' Mr Ferguson said.
'The Islamic community has been a part of Australia’s cultural landscape since the 1800s, comprising a large number of diverse ethnicities and cultural backgrounds.
'It was the Afghans 150 years ago who played an essential role in opening up the Australian outback.  The Ghan rail train is named in honour of these pioneers and is testimony to their contibution to our society.'
The commencement of the holy month of Ramadan begins with the first light of dawn commemorating the revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammed.
'Australia prides itself as a nation which cherishes religious freedom, welcoming people from all religious and cultural backgrounds,' Mr Ferguson said.
'Muslim Australians have contributed to almost every sphere of community life, helping our nation to become more open, enterprising, innovative and creative.
'Ramadan is a time of the year when I would invite everyone to lend support and understanding to the Muslim community.'
A major event happening during Ramadan is the 11th annual Chand Raat Eid Festival on September 19 at the Whitlam Leisure Centre in Liverpool. Thousands of people will celebrate the end of Ramadan at the festival, which will boast more than 100 stalls, cultural displays and handicrafts.
'I wish all Muslim Australians the very best for Ramadan – Ramadan Karim – and I look forward to celebrating at the Chand Raat Eid Festival at its conclusion,' Mr Ferguson said.
Media contact: Carla Wilshire 0432 755 935


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.

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.