Author: Zahid Jamil

Babri Masjid: An issue of contention in India

India awaits Supreme Court verdict in a decades-long dispute between Muslims and Hindus over a centuries-old mosque site known as the Babri Masjid which was destroyed by Hindu activists in 1993. Hindus claim that the mosque was built by Moghul emperor Babar at the birthplace of their god Rama. Widespread communal violence, following the destruction of the mosque, had resulted in more than 2000 deaths, mostly of Muslims. The leading Hindu preacher Sri Sri Ravi Shankar raised a controversy by saying that “If Ram Mandir issue is not solved, we will have a Syria in India.” “Muslims should give...

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‘Padmaavat’: an attempt to demonise Muslims?

The controversial Bollywood movie ‘Padmaavat’ was finally released on Thursday 25 January showing all across the globe after several months of protests and court actions in India.  Cinemas in Australia also began showing the movie the same day with several sessions each day. The movie, depicting a warrior Hindu Rajput queen Padmaavati fighting advances of a Muslim sultan, is “visually spectacular” and a “fabulous tale”. Padmaavat attempts to be a historical depiction based on a fictional poem by 15th-century poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi, as claimed by the filmmaker and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. It shows attempts, through military invasions, by Indian...

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Enjoyment and information at seniors’ picnic

Seniors from the South Asian Muslim Community enjoyed the SAMAA annual picnic together with many family and friends on Saturday 11 November at Plough and Harrow Park in Western Sydney. South Asian Muslim Association of Australia (SAMAA) has been caring for community elders since 2007 and organises events at regular intervals to alleviate social isolation faced by seniors after their retirement and as they age. SAMAA organised special bus service from Auburn and Liverpool train stations to bring seniors to the picnic venue making it very convenient for them to attend the event. At the picnic, the seniors not only enjoyed...

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Imran Pratapgarhi captures Australian audiences

Urdu speaking audiences in a number of cities of Australia enjoyed a rare stimulating and revolutionary poetry by visiting Indian poet Imran Pratapgarhi.  Sydney’s MSK Films and Kavi Darbar invited three top Urdu poets from India and held a few different Mushairas over past week to the amusement of audiences in various cities. In addition to Sydney, the audience enjoyed the three visiting poets along with a few local poets in Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra. In Melbourne, India born  Flamboyant Labor Councillor and aspiring MP Intaj Khan was the chief guest while the famous Indian poet Popular Merruthi presided the proceedings of the evening. As the audience absorbed humorous poetry of Popular Merruthi,...

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Sir Syed’s Vision still needs realisation

Indian Muslims around the world are currently commemorating the bicentennial celebrations of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, the founder of Aligarh Muslim University ranked this year as the top Indian University. He was indeed a great visionary who believed that Muslim of India could not progress without modern education. He was a pragmatist Islamic scholar, a reformist whose main objective was to bring about the change in the psyche of Indian Muslims. In a reaction to British rule, who had captured power from Muslim rulers, religious leaders discouraged modern education, leading to a non-progressive attitude of Muslim population at large....

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