ALMA 2010 high achievers awards dinner – A recipient’s view. By Afnan Fazli

On the 11th of July 2010, the Austra-Lanka Muslim Association held their 3rd Young achievers awards ceremony. It was held to recognise and honour the boys and girls that successfully completed their high school studies and commenced tertiary education. The evening not only was a show of support to the recipients, but it also had another purpose in encouraging and motivating the younger members of the community to even greater success. As a recipient, I found the night very gratifying.

The night contained a showcase of the exciting future prospects to come, in the form of the excellent children’s program. With some breathtaking singing, humorous and educative storytelling, and an awesome “professors-like” presentation on Islam and Science it portrayed the ALMA kids at not only academically capable, as showed through the ceremony, but as well-rounded individuals that can contribute to the wider society as noted by the chief guest, Hon. Minister Barbra Perry. Indeed, as my fellow recipient Abraar Abdul Gafoor said when speaking on behalf of all of us, the development of leadership, communication, teamwork and organisational skills were just as important, if not more than academic skills. He pointed out that ALMA’s community education program presented opportunities and encouraged its students to participate in extra-curricular activities, and that initiatives such as this presentation ceremony was a fantastic recognition for the hard work and dedication that the young members put out which in turn induces the younger members to aspire for greater things.

The receiving of an award such as this is immensely satisfying, as it’s really great to know that I have a community that values my effort and is behind me. No doubt it would be the same for the others. It also illustrates how lucky we younger members of ALMA are, as not everyone has such an encouraging community behind them, and definitely is a factor in the accomplishments attained by all of us. The ability to socialise and catch up with friends, the opportunity to be acquainted with prominent members of society such as the Auburn mayor, the minister for local government, the consulate general of Sri Lanka and public relations liaison officer of the AFP, was possible only due the hard work put in by the organisers of the event. The exposure to such people, and receiving their tribute conveys the sense to us that we are positively contributing to the wider society and hence creates a feeling of fulfilling an aspect of our Iman. Not to mention the fact that we get an awesome plaque and a valuable certificate with a minister’s signature on it! Overall, one can safely say that the night was a tremendous success, and as a recipient I and I’m sure the others as well, are extremely grateful to a wonderful community.  
–  By: Afnan Fazli      


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.