Welcome to the Sri Lankan Muslim Society of Western Australia
The Sri Lankan Muslim Society is an incorporated association of Muslim community
of Western Australia, of Sri Lankan origin.
The need for a common, formal representative body for Sri Lankan Muslim ex-pats was
realised after the 2004 tsunami disaster that devastated many parts of the world,
including Sri Lanka. We needed official recognition for engaging in fund raising
activities to help the tsunami victims at the time, as well as engaging with mosques
and other communities to be counted as a community with its own identity and needs.
One of the stark realisation at that time was that we, as a community, were not prepared
to deal with a death, should it occur to anyone from the community. As a result,
SLMSWA was formed in early 2005, and subsequently incorporated, giving it official
Initially, the Society organized a Janaza workshop, and we gained a good understanding
of the legal and religious aspects of dealing with janazas. Please read the News
Letter for more details on the workshop
In the early days, we wanted to actively engage in charity collection and distribution,
however, due to various reasons, we were only able to do a limited amount of that
work, and recently the Society decided not renew the charity collection license.
On an ongoing basis, the Society aims to provide a forum for the community to actively
interact, engage, and co-operate amongst themselves, in order to help each other
settle in, exchange useful information, and continually give everyone the Sri Lankan
Muslim cultural and religious feel and content for adults and children alike.
We also remind one another the importance of eating healthy and living an active
lifestyle, respecting each other and people of other cultures, and equally importantly,
be law-abiding, and thus setting an example.
We particularly value the company and contributions of the Sri Lankan Muslims who
are here, but not residents, such as the overseas students. However, its our view
that the needs, aspirations, responsibilities of residents, most of whom are here
with families, are quite different from that of non residents. Therefore, as per
the constitution, non residents are not eligible to be financial members or to be
elected to office.