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Ramadan 2017 programme

With Ramadan approaching shortly the annual 'Welcome Ramadan' Programme along with ACEP Children's Programme is scheduled to be held In Sha Allah on Sunday 21 May 2017 commencing at 5.30 PM at the Auburn Town Hall, 1, Susan St, Auburn.

Performances by kids organised by ACEP

The agenda for the day will be:

  1. Speech by special guest speaker Dr.Aflah Roohullah (Hafiz) - Dr. Aflah is an Oncologist currently reading for his PhD and doing his research at the Liverpool Hospital. He is a Hafiz and conducts regular Islamic lessons to numerous students and performs Jummah sermons at the Liverpool Hospital Mussallah.
  2. Launch of Annual ACEP Magazine 2017 (ALMA 25th Anniversary Edition)
  3. Dinner will be served Launch of Annual ACEP Magazine 2017 (ALMA 25th Anniversary Edition)
ALMA ANNUAL RAMADAN DRY RATIONS PROJECT
It would be timely to remind you all that ALMA has been collecting and sending funds every year to Sri Lanka, to provide dry rations for the needy families ($35 per pack), during the Holy month of Ramadan. We kindly request our esteemed members to benevolently contribute toward this worthy cause which will bring abundant rewards from Allah (SWT). You may send your contributions to the following ALMA Account:
Austra-Lanka Muslim Association,
BSB 012-370
Account Number 254 570 193
Reference - DryRation17
ALMA IFTAR PROGRAMME
As previously requested, we would like to encourage you to generously contribute towards organising the Ifthar to seek the blessings and pleasure of Allah (SWT), in the blessed month of Ramadan. Those interested in joining groups to contribute for Ifthar or those intending individual contributions may contact the following Brothers:
Arshad Jaleel         0430762266
Jabir Cader            0407568561
Rizve Fareed         0403395249
or deposit the funds to the following bank Account:
Austra-Lanka Muslim Association,
BSB 012-370
Account Number 254 570 193
Reference - Ifthar17
Following are the dates of scheduled Ifthar Programmes:
Sunday 28 May 2017 (please note this is a Sunday!) - (Magreb at 4:56 PM)
Saturday 3 June 2017 - (Magreb at 4:54 PM)
Saturday 10 June 2017 - (Magreb at 4:53 PM)
Saturday 17 June 2017 - (Magreb at 4:53 PM)

 

ALMA Communication Policy - For Members' Information

Maintaining reliable and effective communication is vital for the successful running of ALMA. This policy aims to promote clear means for communicating ALMA values, targets, developments, feedback, decisions and issues and sets criteria for communications.

The policy has been drawn up bearing the following in mind

  • providing timely information regarding matters of interest to membership
  • actively seeking and acting on feedback
  • encouraging membership to communicate and giving them a clear path to raise issues
  • enhancing the commitment of the EXCO
  • informing membership of the financial factors and other issues
  • raising awareness of achievements of membership
  • promoting ALMA and professional communication within ALMA
  • promoting consistency and uniformity in ALMA position

The following extracted part of Communication Policy Document, 7. Operational Guidelines has been written in the form as a notice to the membership with a view to making it available to the membership.

7.  Operational Guidelines

7.1. The following forms a part of the ALMA Communications Policy.

7.2. The ALMA membership is encouraged to provide feedback, send queries and provide constructive criticism in the interest of promoting ALMA and making it better.

7.3. ALMA communication contacts are listed below. Please send your queries in writing to:

7.3.1. Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (email is the preferred method of communication)

7.3.2. Address: P.O. Box A1438, Sydney South, NSW 1235.

7.3.3. You may handover handwritten or printed letters to any member of the EXCO.

7.4.  Response times

Matter

Response Time

What to expect

Query Suggestions Feedback not requiring committee consultation

3 weeks

  • Final response

 

 

Query Suggestions Feedback requiring committee consultation

3 weeks

 

  • Initial Response
  • Confirmation of Receipt
  • Intimation that matter will be taken up at next committee meeting

 

6 weeks

 

  • Final determination by committee
  • Intimation on progress

 

3 months

 

  • Final determination

 


7.5. Please bear in mind that ALMA EXCO are volunteers working on tight schedules. The following shall apply to communications with ALMA in line with clause 3. General Guidelines. The communication shall

7.5.1.   use clear and plain and concise language

7.5.2.   be open, honest and transparent

7.5.3.   be relevant, accurate, sensitive and timely

7.5.4.   enable meaningful communication between stakeholders

7.5.5.   recognise the importance and value of engaging with others and preserve respect and dignity of those involved

7.5.7.   respect confidentiality, privacy, and relevant legislation

7.5.8.  be in line with Islamic principles and values.

7.6. If you do not receive a reply within the timeframes indicated above please contact ALMA EXCO again.


 

Meeting with the Prime Ministers -February 2017

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe and several cabinet ministers are currently in Australia on a state visit. The Prime Minister of Australia Hon. Malcolm Turnbull hosted a reception in honour of Prime Minister Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe and Prof. Maithree Wickramasinghe, at the Parliament House in Canberra on 14 February 2017.

Since ALMA is a recognised Sri Lankan community organisation in Australia, ALMA President Rafi Mubarak and Secretary Feroze Razik were invited to attend this occasion.

The Prime Minister's visit also marks the 70 years of bilateral diplomatic relationship between Sri Lanka and Australia.

Among other guests, there were many Australian government ministers, MPs and diplomats present at this occasion. Another significance of this event was the presence of the Sri Lankan national cricket team and the Australian Prime Minister's XI cricket team.

 

Year 12 Awards February 2017

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Nine SL Muslim Organisations in Australia urge government not to allow Gnanasara Thero to Australia

ALMA together with nine (9) other organisations representing Sri Lankan Muslims across Australia jointly signed and sent a letter to The Prime Minister Hon Tony Abbott, Foreign Minster Hon Julie Bishop and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Hon Scott Morrison urging the Australian government to reconsider their decision to allow Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Secretary General Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero to visit the country.

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Joint Statement on Violence against Muslims of Sri Lanka - June 2014

On June 15, 2014, despite several requests by the Muslim community to disallow it, the police granted permission for a rally to be held by the hard-line Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), an outfit which has been classified as a terrorist group by the Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC). At this rally in Aluthgama, the General Secretary of the BBS, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, delivered a highly inflammatory hate speech targeting the minority Muslim community. He has been making much publicised hate speeches against Sri Lankan minorities for over a year without any fear of action from the law enforcement agencies in Sri Lanka.

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Donations for the victims of recent violence in Sri Lanka

Communal violence broke out in Sri Lanka on 15 June, 2014 in what some media outlets are referring to as the “worst acts of religious violence in decades”. A hardline Buddhist group called “Bodu Bala Sena”, which translates to Buddhist Power Force, led a protest march against the Muslim dominated towns of Aluthgama on Sunday, which then spilled over into Beruwela and Draga Town. The protest erupted in clashes that left at least 100 injured and four killed on the day, 16 houses gunned down and businesses firebombed.

Sadly, It hasn’t ended there and the Muslim population of Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese-dominated South Coast have faced more injuries, deaths curfews and evacuations throughout the week.

We, Austra-Lanka Muslim Association Inc. (ALMA), vehemently condemn these acts and immediately responded by calling an emergency meeting of the community. A resolution was adopted to raise funds and assist the victims to rebuild their livelihood.

We appeal to members of the community and well-wishers to contribute for this worthy cause. These funds will be channelled through a reliable partner to reach the victims.

You may directly deposit/debit your contribution to the following ALMA bank account

Bank: ANZ Bank

Account Name: Austra Lanka Muslim Association

BSB: 012 370

Account Number: 254 570 193

Alternatively, you may send your donations via PayPal:

Austra-Lanka Muslims Association Inc. (ALMA) representatives attended a radio discussion on The Y Factor radio programme to enlighten the listeners. The podcast of the program is available here

 

ALMA AGM and EID Dinner 2013

Notice is hereby given to the members that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Austra Lanka Muslim Association Inc. (ALMA) will be held at the Auburn Town Hall, 1 Susan St, Auburn 2144 on Saturday, 17 August 2013 at 6:30PM.

As this is a non-election year, the purpose of this AGM is to:

1). confirm the minutes of the last annual general meeting.

2). receive a report from the committee concerning the activities and business of the Association during the preceding financial year ending 30 June 2013

3). receive and adopt the statement of income and expenditure and the balance sheet as at the end of the financial year.

4). discuss and determine any matters raised by the members

All members are encouraged to attend the AGM.

NOTE: An Eid Dinner will be organised followed by the AGM, details of which will Insha Allah be sent out shortly.
 

ALMA will celebrate Eid on Thursday, 8th August, 2013

Insha Allah, ALMA will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, tomorrow Thursday, 9th August 2013. We apologise for any inconvenience due to this late announcement as we had to wait for confirmation.

Arrangements have been made to conduct Eid prayers at Auburn Park (map) [corner of Macquarie Rd and Simpson St, Auburn 2144]. The programme is scheduled as follows:

7:30 AM - Thakbeer (click here to listen)
8:00 AM - Eid Prayers & Sermon
8:35 AM - Exchange of Salaams and greetings
8:45 AM - Eid Breakfast

Plan B

Just in case if it rains in the morning (around the scheduled prayer time), we have made arrangements to shift  the venue to the following location.

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ALMA will start Ramadhan from Wednesday 10th July

[8 July 2013]

The new moon of Ramadhan has NOT been sighted anywhere in Australia or any neighbouring countries tonight (Monday, 8 July 2013). Accordingly, ALMA EXCO has made decision to begin the month of Ramadhan from Wednesday, 10th July. Along with Imam Council of NSW, many other associations in Sydney too have concluded that the month of Sha'ban will be completed with 30 days.
Tharaweeh prayers will be held in most of the mosques from tomorrow night. Please check your local mosque for further details.

Insha Allah, an email with details of the four Ifthar and Lylathul Qadr night programmes will be circulated shortly.

ALMA EXCO wish everyone a blessed and spiritual month of Ramadhan.
 
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Events & Activities
25th Anniversary Cricket Tournament winners

The Cricket tournament organised by ALMA making their 25th Anniversary Celebrations ended on a very high note of success.   12 Teams participated and after a nail biting semi-finals, Six Hearts became the clear winners on the day.

 
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.

 

 
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.

 
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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