Salaams dear members,
Please find attached a media statement generated by the organisation, Australian Advocacy for Good Governance in Sri Lanka in support of a Muslim brother. We thank Sis Sithy for bringing this to our attention and the president of AAGGSL, Dr Lionel Bopage for his leadership and initiation. (Author FS)
Dear USMAA members,
Recently USMAA extended its condolences to the the Victorian Police Commissioner, Mr Graham Ashton. Today we received a letter thanking USMAA for its support. We are part of the Australian fabric, therefore we stand together with our community.
Also USMAA would like to thank community stalwarts, sis Shahla and bro Unghi, for suggesting USMAA to take this step. You can find the letter from the Police in the below link.
Given the government restrictions on social gatherings in an indoor setting and our inherent nature to embrace each other and maintain close contact, we are at risk of spreading the virus during our events. It is therefore best that we take all necessary actions to curb the virus.
But I was looking forward to the Ifthar and Eid functions……
We know! We are sad too. Our Ifthar and Eid functions are usually the most awaited functions. These bring so much joy to us. However, public safety will always take precedence over our enjoyment.
When will it be safe to resume our social events?
We are as keen as all of you to get our calendar of events up and running again. Let’s face it, we love to meet-up and be social creatures. The USMAA Management Committee will be closely monitoring the public safety announcements being issued by the government. We will definitely sound the drums when it is time to party again!!
What do we do in the meantime?
Unfortunately these are testing times for all of us. We need to understand that it is our responsibility to be good citizens and do our part to keep everyone safe and not cause unnecessary panic. Simple acts such as avoiding public places as much as possible, good hand hygiene habits, being considerate towards others, not forwarding unverified messages, not hoarding supplies etc. can go a long way in helping us get through this period.
Let us all ask Allah to keep us safe from this virus. We should also keep in mind the famous saying, “Have faith in God, but tie your camel.” It is important to make dua, but it is also important to be practical in how we go about our daily lives until this crisis is over.