Welcome to Austra-Lanka Muslim Association (ALMA)
Austra-Lanka Muslim Association (ALMA) is incorporated as a not-for-profit community organisation in New South Wales, Australia. It was founded in 1992 by a few Muslims of Sri Lankan background whose initial motive was to provide a common platform to bring together the increasing number of Sri Lankan Muslims arriving in Australia.
Since its inception, ALMA has grown gradually welcoming the new migrants, students and visitors strengthening its membership and broadening its horizons along the way. Today it is a well recognised organisation that has links with federal, state and local government bodies, other non-government agencies and local community organisations.
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.
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.
[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.
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:
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
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.
First day Dhul Hijja started on Wednesday, 17th October 2012 and accordingly Austra-Lanka Muslim Association (ALMA) will Insha Allah celebrate Eid-ul-Adhha on Friday 26 October 2012.
ALMA has made arrangements for Eid prayers and breakfast at Auburn Park (Cnr of Macquarie Rd and Simpson Street, Auburn 2144).
Thakbeer - 7:30 AM
Prayers/Quthba - 8:00 AM
Followed by exchange of Salams & wishes, and breakfast.