Austra-Lanka Muslim Association (ALMA) hosted their annual Eid-ul-Fitr dinner on Sunday 23 June at Auburn Grand Palace in Sydney.
The event was an opportunity for the Australian Sri Lankan community once more to come together and recognise the achievements of several members of the community.
Dr Ajward Seyed, one of the ALMA Vice Presidents, was the MC for this formal program which started with Quran recitation performed by Yoosuf Fazeel.
The welcome address was given by Nilam Mohamed, the President of ALMA, stressing the importance of unity within the community.
The next segment was dedicated to the kids who participated in the Ramadan competition held during the recently competed holy month of Ramadan. All 78 children who participated in the competition were recognised with certificates and gifts. The winners from the categories of Quran Recitation, Calligraphy and Quran Quiz were recognised with certificates and special gifts.
This was followed by the next item on the program, presentation of sporting awards. The Champion from the ALMA Carnival Cricket Tournament received Tournament Trophy and the individual players received trophies of their own. Likewise, the Soccer Champion of the Soccer Tournament and its teammates received their champion and individual trophies. Children who won the Carnival Games such as Bucket and Ball, Ring Throwing, Lemon n Spoon Race and Tin Breaking received medals for their excellent performance.
One of the highlights of the night was the Trivia competition which was hosted by two young members of the community, Ihsan Mohamed and Zahi Hussain. Trivia questions covered both Islamic and general knowledge contents. Each table participated as a group and the best three tables with top scores received gifts.
Dinner was served straight after the trivia with some delicious Sri Lankan and Indian cuisines. During the dinner, participants had the opportunity to interact with fellow community members fulfilling one of the main objectives of this event.
Finally, the night was capped off with a vote of thanks given by Dr Fazeel Jaleel, the ALMA secretary.