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South Asian Muslim Association of Australia Inc. (SAMAA), a devoted Muslim organisation providing benevolent services to the elderly Muslims in Sydney is organisng an annual dinner event called "Jashne Buzurg" - "Festival for the Elderly" on Saturday 12th March 2011 at the Auburn Town Hall. ALMA members have been invited to take part in this event and support the good work they have been doing for the elderly Muslims in the community. We encourage you to participate and support their good work.
ALMA in collaboration with the Auburn Council will participate in the Cleanup Australia Day event for the sixth consecutive year on Sunday 6th March 2011. The premises allocated for ALMA is the Auburn Botanical Garden/Japanese garden and the Ducks river bank area. Everyone is kindly requested to arrive at 9.00 a.m. to pick up bags, gloves etc. that the Auburn Council will provide. All are encouraged to attend.
Unlike last year, the Auburn Council is not organising separate BBQs at cleaning sites. Instead they have one BBQ at the Auburn Park to which we are invited. Therefore ALMA is making preparations to organise our own BBQ at the Auburn Botanical Gardens - public BBQ area. We need to know the number of participants who will be taking part in the Cleanup event to plan the BBQ. Please contact us via email and confirm your participation.
A certicficate will be presented to high school students attending the cleanup event.
ALMA participated with several other Sri Lankan community organisations in Sydney to support the Sri Lanka Consul General's office to organise the 63rd Sri Lanka Independence day in a grand scale. The celebrations took place at the Roselea Community Centre in Carlingford on Saturday 5 February 2011.
Several ALMA representatives were involved in the event that included Independence Day messages, recognition of high achievers at HSC exams in 2010 and a cultural show.
You will be pleased to know that Br. Nufail Ali (former ALMA president and current Trustee) has returned to Sydney a couple of days ago after dashing to Colombo upon learning the sudden death of his beloved wife Sr. Azaria Nufail on 02 January 2011. In a note of thanks to the Sri Lankan Muslim community here in Sydney, who organised Janaza Ghaib prayers where more than 200 members attended at the Auburn Town Hall on Saturday 08 January 2011, Br. Nufail has sent the following message of appreciation.
Janaza Ghaib prayers for Sr. Azaria Nufail was held at the Auburn City Council Hall on Saturday 08 January 2011 after Maghrib salat. The event was a great success as more than 200 people attended the prayers that was held following recitation of the Holy Qur'an (Khatam al Qur'an) by members of the community who gathered about an hour earlier than the scheduled Janaza prayer time. It was a very emotional gathering where a few speakers elaborated their experiences with Sr. Azaria who was a pillar for the ALMA community.
A number of Sydney based Sri Lankan associations with the active sponsorship of the Sri Lanka Consulate Office in Sydney have been celebrating the independence day of Sri Lanka annually for several years. ALMA also has actively participated over the years in these celebrations and provided support for the cultural program, reading independence day messages, religious observances etc.
This year, the 63rd independence day celebrations will be held on Saturday 05 February 2011 at the Roselea Community Centre, 645 Pennant Hills Road, Carlingford. All community members are invited to attend. The event starts at 6.00 pm and the guests are requested to be seated by 5.45 pm. The event also encompasses recognition of high achievers at the HSC exams. The cultural show finishes at 10.00 pm.
As you are aware, Floods in Queensland and in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka in the last couple of weeks has brought misery and hardship to hundreds of thousands of people. The death toll is rising and many are missing with grave fears for their lives.
Our beloved Sr. Azaria Nufail has passed away on 2nd January 2011- Inna Lillahi Wainna Ilaihi Rajioon
Janaza Ghaib Payer detail Update: (4th January 2011)
The Auburn Town Hall venue for Janaza Ghaib prayers is not available on Friday 07 January 2011. Therefore we have made a booking for Saturday 08 January 2011. Please note the change in the date and infrom your families & friends accordingly. Also please note that Janaza Ghaib prayer facilities will be available for men and women.
For those who wish to participate in the Qur'an recitation ("Khatam al Qur'an) prior to the Janaza Ghaib prayers, please arrive early to start on time at 7.00 pm. Maghrib salat will be conducted at 8.15 pm and Janaza Ghaib prayers at 8.30 pm Insha Allah.