Author: Zahid Jamil

SAMAA harbour cruise and upcoming Mehfil-e-Qawwali

The South Asian Muslim Association of Australia (SAMAA) organised a four hour Sydney Harbour cruise on Sunday 12 Feb 2017 for community elders and their families. The cruise was a uniquely popular event and the chartered boat was full to its capacity. The guests were entertained with South Asian music and songs while cruising the beautiful Sydney Harbour. Singers at the cruise included Riyaz Shah, Priya Das, Malik Diwana while some elders joined the thrilling performances. Intercontinental menu for lunch was to much liking of the guests on the cruise. Mr Zahid Jamil requested elders to come forward in...

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Fall of Muslims from a knowledge nation

“Read! In the Name of your Lord who has created (all that exists). He has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood). Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous. Who has taught (the writing) by the pen. He has taught man that he knew not”. (Quran, 96: 1-5). “Elevated status is accorded to those who seek, possess, teach and act upon knowledge. Dismiss any thought of equality between those who know and those who do not” (Quran, 39:9) There are numerous Quranic verses which reveal Allah’s instruction to man about the attainment of knowledge. In fact one-eighth of the Qur’an is a call for Muslims to seek Allah’s signs in the universe and hence that science is a spiritual as well as a temporal duty for Muslims. Perhaps the most widely used argument one hears is that the Prophet Muhammad (s) had exhorted his followers to “seek knowledge even if it is in China,” which implies that a Muslim is duty-bound to travel in search for knowledge, far and wide. With the advent of Islam in the 6th century, its followers, as instructed by Quran, placed huge emphasis on the attainment of all forms of knowledge, including the undertaking of scientific research. The great institutions of just political and civil administration initiated and established, soon after Prophet’s (s) passing away, by Caliph Omar (r)...

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Democracy failing the contemporary multicultural world

Election of Donald Trump raises many questions on suitability of much admired democratic institutions in the modern world. Democracy prides itself in electing the leaders chosen by the majority. In a democratic election, the vote of every person has equal value irrespective of personal credentials. Unfortunately, votes of the people who have voted for loosing candidates eventually have no value. Democracy can elect the most unqualified leaders like Trump, least intelligent people like Bush (junior), criminals like Modi, corrupts like Zardari and many more. These leaders are no better than the totalitarian rulers such as Saddam Hussein, Hosni Mubarak...

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Solution to Kashmir issue, a win for all

After nearly 70 years since independence with the partition of India into two separate states of India and Pakistan, the issue of Kashmir remains unresolved.  The two nations are still disputing over the territory as they did back in 1948. Pakistan is still seeking Kashmir from India while India is now willing to go for another war over Kashmir. Kashmiris themselves remain divided and confused. Perhaps the majority of them want independence, many want to join Pakistan and a few find it to their benefit to stay within India. In Kashmir, Indian army is continuing its occupation with brutality....

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SAMAA celebrates Jashne Buzurg 2016

South Asian Muslim Association of Australia (SAMAA) celebrated its Annual Elders Festival ‘ Jashn-e-Buzurg ‘  on Sunday 4 September 2016 at Bowman Hall, Blacktown.  Well over 300 people including politicians, health experts, representative from aged care agencies and providers, community leaders and a large number of SAMAA elders, volunteers and SAMAA Friends attended the event with great enthusiasm. The Premier of NSW, Hon Mike Baird not only sent a message for SAMAA souvenir, he also sent his representative Mr Kevin Connolly, MP, member for Riverstone, to attend the Jashn-e-Buzurg. Mr Kevin Connolly was also representing Hon John Ajaka, Minister...

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