Author: zahid-jamil

Elders enjoy SAMAA info-picnic on a rainy day

The wet, cold and windy weather did not dampen the spirit of Seniors from the South Asian Muslim Community to reach Bungarribee park to gather for annual SAMAA picnic on Sunday 7 October 2018. A large number of their family members, SAMAA members and young volunteers and  joined them to make it a memorable event. 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 train station to bring seniors to the...

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Indian supreme court decriminalises homosexuality

On 6 September 2018, a 5-judge constitutional bench of Supreme Court of India invalidated part of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code making homosexuality legal in India. Earlier gay sex was punishable by up to 10 years in prison, though the law was not implemented in practice. What is surprising is that the Supreme Court in India seems to be far ahead of the time in Indian social context. In the Western world, these issues have been discussed for the past few decades now. As these societies enjoyed the Western concept of freedom, homosexuals exhibited their sexual orientation openly...

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Jihad Dib launches Indian education charity

The Indian Minority Education Society of Australia Incorporated (IMESA), an educational charitable organisation was launched in Sydney on Sunday 12 August 2018 by the Shadow Minister for Education Hon Jihad Dib, state MP for Lakemba. IMESA aims to promote education among underprivileged Muslims of India aiding in financial hardship and education services for Indians in need. The Himalaya restaurant in Rockdale was filled to its capacity, with audience members cheering and applauding various speakers at the launch event. The program commenced with a Hamd by Mr Wasim, MC Mrs Shaheen Firdouse shared her own interest in educational empowerment while the audience was...

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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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