Media Releases

LMA Requests Mr Dutton to Engage in a Genuine Discussion

November 24, 2016

The Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) seeks, in the stated good spirit of open discussion, that the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton engage with the Lebanese community, or remain silent. The continued derogatory statements being made have left the Lebanese Australian community alienated and further marginalised…

Statement Regarding Minister Dutton’s Comments

November 22, 2016

The comments and accusations made by the Immigration and Border Protection Minister, Mr Peter Dutton, is another example of the constant media scrutiny and dog whistle politics that the Australian Lebanese Muslim community has had to endure since we first arrived in the 70s and 80s…

Refugee Banner

February 9, 2016

As a symbol of our solidarity with those seeking asylum and refuge, a banner has been placed in front of Lakemba Mosque that makes our position clear: “Refugees are Welcome.” The Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) and Lakemba Mosque unequivocally condemn the treatment of vulnerable people in detention, including children…

Refugees and Lebanese Community

February 5, 2016

The Lebanese Muslim Association urges Immigration Minister Mr Peter Dutton and the Prime Minister, Mr Malcolm Turnbull to refrain from deporting the 267 people, including the 37 babies, affected by the recent High Court ruling…

Eid Mubarak

July 17, 2015

The Lebanese Muslim Association would like to congratulate the Australian Muslim community and Muslims around the globe, a joyous and blessed Eid. As we celebrate today, our thoughts are with the people of Gaza, Syria and Iraq, and with all families suffering globally. Our hearts go out to you and we will remember you in our prayers and supplications…

Ramadan Mubarak

June 17, 2015

The Lebanese Muslim Association would like to congratulate the Australian Muslim community and Muslims around the globe on observing the blessed month of Ramadan…

LMA Rejects Aggressive Rhetoric Against Muslims

February 24, 2015

The recent national security address by the Prime Minister has displayed a profound lack of awareness of what Australian Muslims have done and spoken out about. The antagonistic rhetoric used by the Prime Minister is politically opportunistic and exacerbates the atmosphere of Islamophobia and intolerance…

LMA Rejects Persistent Demonisation of Muslims

February 17, 2015

The recent statements by media, government officials and politicians criticising the opinions of religious leaders and groups in Australia are opportunistic and contribute to the atmosphere of hatred and intolerance that undermines social cohesion. The Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) strongly rejects the ongoing demonisation of Muslims in Australia by security agencies, political figures and some segments of the media…

LMA fears Islamophobic attacks in Australia

February 13, 2015

It is with great sadness that we hear the news of the murders of Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha in what was, no doubt, a hate attack against Muslims, regardless of the alternative explanation being presented…

LMA condemns the Australian Government’s decision to vote against UN Resolution

December 31, 2014

The Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) condemns the decision by the Australian Government to vote against a UN Security Council Resolution proposing Palestinian statehood and a withdrawal of Israeli occupying forces…

OFFICIAL STATEMENT

December 19, 2014

No official representative of the LMA has spoken to the media regarding the burial of the body of Man Haron Monis. The Imam of Lakemba mosque has not been contacted or made any comments regarding the matter…

Martin Place Condolence Vigil

December 16, 2014

The Lebanese Muslim Association along with representatives of the Faith Leaders Forum and the Minister for Communities, Victor Dominello, led a contingent of diverse community leaders from across NSW in offering their condolences to the victims of the Sydney Siege…

AUSTRALIAN MUSLIM COMMUNITY SADDENED AT TRAGIC END TO THE SIEGE

December 16, 2014

The Australian Muslim community is deeply saddened to learn this morning of the tragic end to the siege with the loss of two innocent lives and the gunman. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who lost loved ones and to the hostages who endured the trauma of the 17-­‐hour long siege…

Mosques, synagogues and churches open to pray for Sydney hostages and national
unity

December 15, 2014

Mosques, synagogues and churches are inviting the public to gather tonight to pray for a peaceful resolution to the hostage situation in Sydney, for unity, and against violence, fear and hatred of all kinds…

Martin Place Siege

December 15, 2014

The Australian Muslim community shares with fellow Sydneysiders their utter shock and horror at the unprecedented scenes emerging from the Lindt café in Martin Place this morning. Our immediate thoughts go to the hostages and their loved ones. We pray for their safety and hope this matter is resolved quickly and peacefully…

LMA Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign

November 26, 2014

To coincide with White Ribbon Week, the Lebanese Muslim Association is launching a new campaign addressing the issue of domestic violence. This new campaign is being organised by a collective of Muslim youth and seeks to confront the misconception of some, both Muslim and non­‐Muslim, that family and spousal abuse is tolerated within Islam…

LMA to Organise Inaugural Sydney Muslim Conference

November, 2014

The Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) is organising the first ever Sydney Muslim Conference, a gathering of scholars, teachers, inspirational figures and young Muslims from all over Australia. The inaugural conference, subtitled ‘The Muslim Mosaic’, seeks to showcase the diversity of the Australian Muslim community and to celebrate its unique sense of identity…

NATIONAL MOSQUE OPEN DAY

October 16, 2014

In a bid to dispel tension, misunderstanding and distrust, the Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) is today officially launching a new initiative entitled National Mosque Open Day. National Mosque Open Day will see mosques across the country, in a coordinated effort, open their doors to the wider Australian public on Saturday, October 25. The initiative will give participants the opportunity to…

Christian, Jewish and Muslim Leaders declare “National Day of Unity”

October 08, 2014

Jewish,  Christian  and  Muslim  leaders  have  announced  October  25th  as  a  ‘National  Day  of  Unity’,  in  response  to   growing  reports  of  discrimination,  violence  and  rising  tensions  within  the  Australian  community…

Proposed Anti-Terror Legislation Compromises the Protection of Human Rights

August 29, 2014

Representatives  of  the  Australian  Muslim  community  met  with  Attorney-­‐General  George  Brandis  in   Sydney  today  to  discuss  the  draft  amendments  to  the  anti-­‐terror  legislation.     Whilst  we  acknowledge  the  Attorney-­‐General’s  attempt  to  engage  the  community,  today’s  meeting   proved  to  be  disappointing…

LMA Panel Channeling Community Concerns

August 14, 2014
The Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) will be holding a discussion panel this Friday entitled From Iraq to Gaza: The Politics of Fear, addressing a variety of issues occurring in the Middle East and the impact politics of fear has on local communities. Members of the panel include experts in interfaith relations, international politics, lobbying and the media…

LMA Condemns Abhorrent Actions & Climate of Fear

August 11, 2014
The Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) is appalled by the images of Australian citizens involved in atrocities overseas and unequivocally condemns such abhorrent behavior. In addition to this, the LMA must express its frustration that the Muslim community is constantly expected to condemn such atrocities ‘in the name of Islam’. Islam has nothing to…

LMA Condemns Proposed Anti-Terror Measures

August 7, 2014
The Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) welcomes the decision by the Government to abandon the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act. However, the LMA condemns the new anti-terror amendments, which only seem to target the Australian Muslim community. If passed,they would give authorities unprecedented and intrusive powers. If…

NSW State Labor Palestine Motion

July 28, 2014
The Lebanese Muslim Association welcomes the motion passed yesterday at the NSW State Labor Conference regarding the future of Palestinian Statehood and the condemnation of the highly belligerent actions of Israel in Gaza, its occupation of Palestinian land and the ceaseless expansion of illegal settlements. Samier Dandan, President of the LMA said…

Eid Mubarak

July 28, 2014
The Lebanese Muslim Association would like to congratulate the Australian Muslim community and Muslims around the globe, a joyous and blessed Eid. As we celebrate today, our thoughts are with the people of Gaza, Syria and Iraq, and with the families of the Australians who died on MH17. Our hearts go out to you and we will remember you in our prayers…

Premier’s Annual Iftar Dinner

July 24, 2014
The Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) has decided that none of its representatives will attend the Premier’s Iftar, being held tonight. The LMA has taken this decision as it recognises that it is a representative of community sentiment and thoroughly prides itself on being one of the grassroots voices of the Muslim Community in Sydney. The LMA would like to…

Australian Government Approval of Anti-Muslim Monk Visit

July 17, 2014
The Lebanese Muslim Assosciation would like to express grave concerns regarding the reported approval of the visit of anti-Muslim monk Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara to Australia. The LMA unequivocally condems the hate mongering activities of the Body Bala Sena (BBS) that led to the Sri Lankan anti-Muslim riots in 2014 that saw four people killed, hundreds…

LMA Condemns the Unjustified War Against Gaza

July 13, 2014
The escalating war against Palestine people in Gaza has claimed over 169 lives in just 6 days and rising. According to the United Nations, most of those killed are civilians that include women and children. The attacks have not even spared the disabled, elderly and entire families. Despite the unjustified attacks, extreme aggression and the increasing…

Ramadan-Mubarak-2014

June 30, 2014
The Lebanese Muslim Association would like to congratulate the Australian Muslim community and Muslims around the globe on observing the blessed month of Ramadan. Despite the fact that Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from dawn till sunset this month brings much blessings. Ramadan provides and opportunity for fellow Muslims to reconnect with…

2GB Michael-Smith

June 28, 2014
The Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) notes with great concern and condemption the reckless and ill-informed manner in which Michael Smith stated that Prophet Muhammad was “a sexual offender” and “a pedophile” on an interview with Ben Fordham on the 26th of June. Michael Smith offers nothing new to the diatribe that is thrown onto the Islamic faith…

GETTING GIRLS INVOLVED: LMA connecting schoolgirls with sporting opportunities

June 01, 2014

To address the barriers that exist to the participation in sports by young women from multicultural backgrounds, GoActive, an initiative of the Lebanese Muslim Association, have introduced a Girls Interschool Tri-sport Gala Day uniting and empowering girls…

Historical $10 Million investment in Aged Care Facility

August 12, 2013
The Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) welcomes the decision by the federal government to allocate $10 Million of funding for an aged care facility for the Muslim community in Western Sydney. Treasurer Chris Bowen announced the funding at Lakemba Mosque on the morning of Eid al-Fitr Thursday, 8th of August. The Liberal party has also pledged to match the funding…