Welcome to Austra-Lanka Muslim Association (ALMA)
ALMA will Insha Allah celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Tuesday 30 August 2011 at the Auburn Park (corner of Simpson Street and Macquarie Road).
The decision to celebrate Eid on Tuesday 30 August 2011 has been very difficult this year as a significant number of Sydney Muslims will also celebrate on Wednesday.
The Executive committee of ALMA met tonight (29/08/2011) to discuss various issues regarding this matter and concluded to follow decisions taken by two major masjids namely Galipolli and Lakemba Masjids to celebrate Eid on Tuesday 30 August 2011.
Members will have an opportunity to pay your Zakat-ul-Fitr before the prayer and it is set at $10 per person.
Members are requested to arrive early for Takbir at 7.30 am and the Eid prayers will be at 8.00 am.
“One of the best organised events that I have attended in a long time”
“It is refreshing to note that all communities in Sri Lanka were represented in the gathering and it says about the person and ALMA should be congratulated for leading the way”
“It was a very professionally organised event with not a minute wasted and the attention of the audience intact the whole time”
These were some of the comments made by a few of the participants at the Book Launch “Reminiscences of Azaria Nufail” held on Saturday 23rd July 2011 at Auburn Town Hall. Over 200 attended the event and their parting words were “Thank you for inviting us” or “Glad we attended”.
The proceedings started at 7:20PM, 5 minutes after the schedule time with the traditional Qui’rath by Rabi Alisabri with the English translation by Aadhil Ansareen.
Mohamed Yoosuff, the Master of Ceremonies for the evening briefed the audience on the significance of the occasion and shed an insight to the personality of Sister Azaria Nufail.
A new translated booklet called Your rights – tips on using a registered migration agent will prove to be a valuable resource to protect migrant communities from unscrupulous operators.
The booklet includes 17 community languages, as well as English. It is available online at the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (Office of the MARA) website (www.mara.gov.au).
In Australia, it is illegal for anyone to give immigration assistance without being a registered migration agent.
“For your protection, make sure your agent is registered with the Office of the MARA – this authority ensures only fit and proper people are registered migration agents,” a departmental spokesman said.
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.
The book titled “Reminiscences of Azaria Nufail” will be launched on Saturday 23rd of July at 7.00 p.m, at Auburn Town hall.
This book is a compilation of articles written by about 45 people from various parts of the world and the book is not for sale and for private distribution among family and friends only.
The Consul General of Sri Lanka Mr. P.D. Fernando will be the guest of honour on the occasion and the following are billed to address the gathering:
Welcome Address by Dr. Mohamed Anzar - Secretary, ALMA
The organising committee has also made arrangements to Live Stream the event via this website (www.alma.org.au) from 7.00PM onwards.
Light refreshments will be served after the launch.
Acknowledgement: The following article is reproduced in ALMA website with the kind courtesy of "Thorathuru" quarterly magazine published by the Sri Lanka Association of NSW. This article is written by Basil Goonewardena, who had been a close friend of Br. Nufail & Sis. Azaria since their arrival in Australia back in 1989.
AZARIA NUFAIL - A GRACEFUL LADY (1946-2011)
It is with deep sorrow that we record the death of Azaria Nufail in Colombo after a brief illness, a life well spent and well used ending with a happy death. Thus states Leonardo da Vinci "A well-spent life brings happy sleep, a life well used brings happy death ". Azaria's life and death is a classic example of a happy life and a happy death.
My wife and I first met Azaria and her husband Nufail in January 1989 when they were making arrangements to leave our homeland for Australia to join the University of Newcastle. Both ladies arrived in Sydney in mid-February 1989 and while Azaria had accommodation with full board, my wife and another Sri Lankan lady were not so privileged and had only accommodation and had to prepare their own meals.
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.