Commemoration for the Late Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish

Just received this message. Anyone can attend it, I presume but please contact them just in case!

From: Palestinian General Delegation

Sub: Commemoration for the Late Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish

The Association of the Palestinian Community UK

Commemoration for the Late Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish

7 pm on Thursday the 9th of October 2008

Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, Kensington, London, W8 7NX

O my Beloved

Poetry for Palestine



My Beloved
I did not see You
But, with the whispers in my heart I knew
Is that possible?
Is it possible, a heart would fall in love,

With whom she never saw?




Can anyone who tasted the sweetness of such love
Ever deny?
Can it ever know bitterness?
Or think of running away?

Can prostrating souls
Accept subjugation?
Or ever engage in deception?



Oh my Hope …
I was little girl
Agonized with nostalgia
Went looking for you
Her sanity disintegrated, while searching
Couldn’t find her heartbeats
Her imagination inflamed… wild


Her sight estranged
Mesmerised, pulled up toward Heaven
Hoping to see your face
Longing for purification with your Light
Dreaming of a drop of mercy
Affectionate, tender, blessed with dew
And yearning for one moment of closeness …. Eternal



My Beloved… You are the One who Knows
If kneeling…

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Faking “antisemitism”

Poetry for Palestine

“I remember as a young rabbi working with university students in Johannesburg in the late 1970’s. At that time, they were completely apathetic to Judaism. My colleagues and I were struggling to elicit any meaningful response to Jewish programs on campus. During one particular meeting, we seriously contemplated getting up in the dead of night to spray-paint some swastikas on the Student Union building. Surely, that would get some reaction!  ”

~~~ Rabbi Yossy Goldman

“The French philosopher, Jean Paul Sartre, argued that anti-Semitism has been good for the Jews. It has kept Jews Jewish! While no one wants to be oppressed, and we reject anti-Semititsm categorically, the man does have a point. When antisemitism bites, we intuitively know how to respond. But when the world is in a kissing mood, we don’t quite know how to handle it. ”

~~~ Rabbi Yossy Goldman



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Mallee Stanley: The beginnings of Australia’s Jamat


The beginnings of Australia’s Jamat

By Mallee Stanley, for Ismailimail.

We drove from Brisbane, Australia, driving along the winding highway bordering the scenic New South Wales coastline until we arrived in Sydney. The following day, Hazar Imam arrived in Australia for a historic visit. This was the first time ever an Ismaili Imam had visited our island nation.

In the 1970s, only about one hundred Ismailies lived in Australia. I remember one family came from New Zealand, another from South Australia; most lived in Sydney; a few in Melbourne while we were the lone family from Brisbane.

The memories are hazy from the events of that special occasion except for everyone standing in a circle in anticipation as Hazar Imam and Begam Salimah entered the room. They stopped to speak with every fourth or fifth person while the rest of us held our breathe hoping we would be among the…

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His Highness the Aga Khan’s 2015 Speeches in the UK and USA Tell Marvellous Stories About the Al-Azhar Park and Convey a Profound Message of Our Common Humanity

An apt Summary of accomplishments of H H Ag Khan IV in the year 2015.

Simerg Photos

Prepared and compiled by Abdulmalik Merchant
(Publisher-Editor, and

Please click on the following NASA earth night time image for enlargement

city_lights_africa_720_PhotosOn either side of His Highness the Aga Khan’s thumbnail images, NASA night time photos of the earth. Photos from top to down sequentially correspond to the numbers mentioned in the countries His Highness visited . (1) East Africa (Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya); (2) Egypt; (3) India; (4) Portugal; (5) Greece; (6) England; (7) Canada; and (8) USA. Note: visits not necessarily listed in chronological sequence.

In this third installment in a multi-part series related to His Highness Aga Khan’s travels and accomplishments during 2015, we are pleased to present highlights of his visits to the United Kingdom in October and to the USA in November where he delivered two major speeches. The earlier installments can be read by clicking on the following links:

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The essence of faith of esoteric perspective of Islam portrayed by Shia Imams of Ismaili faith

Zarina's Weblog

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Glimpses from the 2013 Aga Khan University Convocation, with a Summary of Seven Key Themes in His Highness the Aga Khan’s Address

Jalal Jaffer: What Happened to the Canada That Saved My Family From a Brutal Dictator? | HuffPost

I knew both Jalal Jaffer as a younger brother of Khairoon Jaffer and his wife Shamshad who was a brilliant and a favourite pupil in my class when I taught at Aga Khan school from 1959-1964 or so. I met her again during the book launch at MHI’s Golden Jubilee in London.


Jalal Jaffer: What Happened to the Canada That Saved My Family From a Brutal Dictator? | HuffPostWhen Idi Amin, the President of Uganda, followed up on his dream, and ordered the expulsion of all Ugandan Asians within 90 days, whether those Asians were Ugandan for one generation or multiple generations, the Asians were gripped with fear and absolute panic. They were required to say good-bye to the only country that most had known; to hand-over all their life long possessions and assets, and simply go!!! Where would they go — how would they go — who would help them — and many such questions completely consumed them. These were traumatic times.

However, almost miraculously, Mike Molloy and a team of dedicated and empathetic Government officers and administrative staff descended from Canada. It was clear that they had instructions from the very top, to do whatever was necessary, to facilitate and process the migration of some 6,000 Ugandan Asians to Canada, within a matter of a few…

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