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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.

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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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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 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.
 

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 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 to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha on Friday 26 October 2012

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.

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Events & Activities
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.
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ALMA AGM held on 25th August 2012

An ALMA AGM was held on Saturday 25th August 2012.

The following matters were brought up by the membership and discussed during this AGM.

  • Previous minutes
  • Accounts for Financial year 2011/2012
  • Council charges for hall for ACEP classes
  • The Community Development Centre initiative
  • The Janaza Fund
  • Moon sighting for commencement of Ramadan

 

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