Australian Federal Police meeting with ALMA

As an initiative of the Community Relations Department of the Australian Federal Police, ALMA executive committee members met AFP representatives to discuss issues of mutual interest and to explore avenues to improve good relations with local community members. This meeting follows from the good relations that the Community Relations Department of the AFP has established with several other communities in Sydney.

AFP deputy manager of the Sydney branch Mr. Terry Venchiarutti and the community liaison team leader Mr. Fady Taha represented the AFP. The meeting lasted for about 2 hours where ALMA representatives explained about ALMA and its activities on Friday 14 May 2010 at the Regents Park Community Hall, Amy street, Regents Park.

 

It was a very useful meeting where ALMA also presented a good overview of the Sri Lankan Muslim community in Sydney. During the discussions, the AFP highlighted the recent developments with people smuggling and boat people arriving from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan that has dominated the media headlines.

During the discussions, the AFP representatives agreed to participate in one of our general gatherings to share how the AFP has embarked on developing good relations with local community organisations. They also pointed out that their initiatives have helped clarify misconceptions about the AFP especially with minority community groups.

 

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.