Sydney Prayer Times

Announcements

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.
 

Eid Mubarak Eid-ul-Adha 2010 and Eid Picnic Day

ALMA will celebrate Eid-ul-Adha on Tuesday 16 November 2010 Insha Allah. We take this opportunity to wish all our members and friends a very happy Eid Mubarak. We also ask Dua that Allah (SWT) accept the Hajj of millions of muslims who have gathered in the holy city of Makkah for the holy pilgrimage.

ALMA organised Eid prayers will be held at the Auburn Park, corner of Macquarie Rd and Simpson St with Takbir beginning at 7.30 am. Eid salat will be at 8.00 am followed by Eid Khutbah concluding at 8.30 am.

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ALMA calls for AGM - 2010 on Saturday16th October

ALMA secretary Br. Azeem Nilar has given notice to the membership that Saturday 16 October will be the date for the next AGM Insha Allah. The venue for the occasion will be Dundas Community Centre, 21 Sturt Street Telopia.

As per the email notice, the hall opens at 5.00 pm and as part of the AGM event a children's program and Dinner is also organised. All children who wish to take part in the children's program are requested to register via email reply so that opportunities to participate could be efficiently managed.

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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.