Young Achievers Award and Ceremonial Opening of Sewing Class – An Observer’s View. By Razmi Marzook

I had the privilege to be a participant at ALMA’s 3rd Young Achievers Award Ceremony that also coincided with the official inauguration of the Community Building Partnership Project at Auburn Town Hall on 11th July 2010. First and foremost I must congratulate the young boys and girls, sixteen altogether who were the key figures of the day for their success and achievement to pursue higher education in esteemed Universities in Australia. The Chief Guest, Minister for Local Government Hon. Barbara Perry, the President of ALMA Br. Mohamed Fazli and the MC for the occasion Br. Mohammed Yoosuff emphasised in their speeches, the importance of recognising their excellence in the studies in order to embark in universities and more importantly setting an example to the other younger brothers and sisters to follow in the same footpath. The happiest and deserve to be proud on the occasion were the parents of the award recipients who provided continuous and tremendous support to produce these future Doctors, Engineers, Lawyers and Accountants to our community. It was great to listen to the advice given by award recipient Abraar Abdul Gafoor to others from his experiences. Simply what he said was Do Hard work and Relax which meant Determination, Motivation and Desire would bring success to someone’s life.

In the background to the main event, the various performances made by the school children were so attractive, it occupied the time without realization. The presentations, speeches, songs, stories and the other activities put forward by them added colour to the whole programme and indeed provided an opportunity to exhibit their talents and self confidence.  The lecture and video presentation on “Islam and Science” by two budding future scientists, was remarkable and unforgettable.

On the other side of the event, under the Community Building Partnership Project, it was pleasing to see the use of advanced technology in sewing with sophisticated machines. As far as I heard from the President, this would be a great help to our community provided with a systematic course module for those keen to acquire knowledge in latest methods in sewing.

The last episode was the Buffet dinner of Pakistani Buriyani and Afghan Bread with Sri Lankan Watalappam for dessert that vanished rapidly due to their gorgeous taste. Nevertheless everyone had a good get-together sharing their day to day stories.

Looking from a third angle with my own past experience, it proved to me without any doubt, that the ALMA Executive Committee and the volunteers had put together an awesome effort to organize and plan an event to be a commendable one. Well Done ALMA!

– Razmi Marzook


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.