Author: Zahid Jamil

Some reflections on the global state of affairs

We have currently been living in a world where all sides are engaged in wrongdoings. Each side is bent upon pointing out to other’s mistakes, not willing to admit grave mistakes, they have committed themselves.  Islam and Muslims seem to be the  common enemy for all, be it the Western democracies, the Zionists of Israel, the Communists of Russia, the Hindus India, the Buddhists of Burma and Sri Lanka or different Muslim sects who are bent upon demeaning each other. Hostile foreign policies of Western powers have inflicted gravest miseries to the Muslim world over past few decades, causing millions of deaths and injuries, looting their nations, playing tricks with them to turn one faction against other, thus destablising their regions, causing civil wars. Aggression of West against Muslim lands was generally based on lies, driven by lust for oil wealth. The Chilcot inquiry in UK honestly revealed the wrongful intent of British Prime Minister at the time of Iraq war. As per the report, the government had produced dossiers of mass deception, based on “flawed intelligence and assessments” whose claims were dismissed as risible. The world-wide Zionist lobby peddles a one sided view generating sympathy for the state of Israel while demonising the Palestinians suffering under occupation. Crushing of genuine popular movements known as Arab spring over past few years against authoritative regimes, US and its allies have...

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SAMAA organises Sangeet Mehfil

SAMAA arranged a musical night featuring renowned Sydney singer Mr Saleem Zaman on Saturday 13 May at Hurstville Civic Theatre.  The large audience, a majority of them seniors, packed the hall and enjoyed some of the most popular songs of 70 s and 80s. From ballads with ornate Urdu couplets to soulful lyrics and light film songs with exceptional melodies, thrilled the crowd who forced the programme to continue beyond the scheduled finish time. Saleem Zaman was accompanied by a very fine female singer Sirisha Telugu who won the hearts of the audience. Their performance was par excellence which...

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Complications in Australia-India bilateral relations

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull paid a four day visit to India, meeting his counterpart Narendra Modi and senior business leaders in the month of April in an attempt to enhance business relationship between the two countries. India, in its attempt to achieve economic transformation, needs further developments in infrastructure, education and sources of energy and the talks mainly concentrated on these sectors. Malcolm Turnbull, however sought extension of trade links to other sectors as well. Unfortunately, prospects of free trade deal between the two countries stalled as according to Australian PM, the tradition of protectionism runs very deep in...

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UP elections: India’s secularism under threat

The recent election results in the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) in India have alarmed Muslims around the country. Strategists in Hindu Nationalist political party viz Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) have successfully calculated various parameters and took advantage of division of non-BJP votes among two main opposition parties led by Mayawati and Mulayam Singh Yadav. The biggest political party of the Indian nation, who claim to represent all Indians, was so bold and blunt in sticking to its Hindutava agenda that it denied any representation to more than 40 million Muslims of the state, 20% of the population. In recent UP election BJP got 39.7% of the votes, while Samajwadi party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) , combined polled in total 44% of the votes. As more than 60% of the population did not vote for BJP, if there was a single second party, that party would have won the elections. Australia and a few other nations follow preferential voting system which tends to overcome the above deficiencies. Here, the voter is allowed to rank all candidates according to their preference.  If no candidate secures an absolute majority of primary votes, the candidate with the fewest votes is then eliminated from the count. The votes for this eliminated candidate are then redistributed among the remaining candidates according to the number two preference indicated on the original ballot. This...

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Samaa’s Qawwali magical night a huge success

South Asian Muslim Association of Australia (SAMAA) staged a magical Mehfil-e-Qawwali on Sunday 19 March at Bankstown Sports Club theatre attended by more than 300 people. The ensemble of Tahir Faridi Qawwal gave an outstanding performance in singing very popular numbers of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Sabri brothers. With their rich rhythmic grooves, soaring vocal melodies and the classical performance, the performers were able to spell bound the audience for almost three hours. It was an exceptional exhibition of the ancient tradition of Sufi music. The lead singer Canadian born Muslim revert Tahir Hasssan Faridi showed total...

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