Monthly Archives: July 2014

Wishing Everyone a Joyful and Peaceful Eid Mubarak




During the month of Ramadan, Muslims observe a strict fast and participate in pious activities such as charitable giving and peace-making. It is a time of intense spiritual renewal for those who observe it. At the end of Ramadan, Muslims throughout the world observe a joyous three-day celebration called Eid al-Fitr (the Festival of Fast-Breaking). Muslims in Scotland and around the world are celebrating Eid today as the holy month of Ramadan has drawn to a close.

Money is donated to charity and it is traditional to use the day to forgive people and reconcile differences with friends and relatives.

People exchange the greeting of “Eid Mubarak”, which roughly means “happy Eid” or “blessed Eid”.

Wishing everyone a very happy and blessed Eid Mubarak!

On behalf of  Scots Asians for Yes and the wider Yes Scotland family



N N Riaz




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The #Yes numbers are swelling as the eyes of the world are upon us

Our Scots Asians for Yes ambassador Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh was in Galiza, northern Spain a couple of days ago
speaking on what we wish to achieve as a progressive forward thinking nation and as you can see from the amazing photograph, we have the well wishes of many other nations who wish us the very best this September.

I will be sharing more about this event over the following blogs.


People young and old, from every background and nationality are coming out to support the Yes vote. Councillor Shabbar Jaffri supporting Yes Pollok, his constituency and Scots Asians for Yes by organising stalls at events and canvassing through Glasgow. Councillor Jahanghir Hanif is  hard at work canvassing his constituents with Councillor Mhairi Hunter in Glasgow Southside, one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse constituencies in Scotland.







The Yes activity is increasing day by day all across Scotland as the vibe is one of hope and of determination to do our best and increase the number of people voting yes. We are so close to our chance of self government on September 18, the day we cast our vote for an independent Scotland.



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Scots Asians for Yes Moni Tagore will be debating Amran Hussain from UKOK


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Disunited Kingdom – A documentary by Al Jazeera English

Disunited Kingdom is a documentary by Al Jazeera English

Below we share an extract to the background for the documentary.

“The people of Scotland will soon decide in a referendum whether their country should become independent from the United Kingdom.

Opinion polls show that while support for the ‘Yes Scotland’ campaign — those who would separate — is growing, the ‘Better Together’ or unionist group still commands a clear majority. 

However, there still remains a large number of ‘don’t knows’. It’s not impossible then that Great Britain, which once ruled an empire covering a large part of the world, could be reduced to just England, Wales and Northern Ireland – and that in Scotland, Europe might soon have its newest sovereign state. 

So, if that happens, what sort of nations might emerge from this break-up, and what are the implications for Great Britain’s role in the world? 

Dr Faisal Devji teaches modern Indian history at Oxford University. His family lived under British imperial rule, witnessed their departure and saw a strong independent nation emerge as a consequence.

As he was growing up, Britain surrendered its last colonies in Africa and the Far East. He has lived in Zanzibar and Canada – both former British dependencies. He’s therefore both a product of Britain’s rich past and an outsider. As a result, he’s curious whether the vote will mark not so much the birth of a new country, but the final chapter in Britain’s imperial story. People & Power asked him to make a personal assessment of the arguments for and against Scottish independence, and what a ‘Yes’ vote might mean for those affected.”

The full article can be read here.

Presenter: Dr Faisal Devji

Producer: Mr Jeremy Bristow




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The Global Diaspora Village – Commonwealth Nations creating synergies across the world

This morning I met up with Maureen McGonigle, the founder and chair of Scottish Women in Sport. We were informally introduced by Tasmina Sheikh and spoke about the importance of empowering women irrespective of where they came from or their backgrounds. Maureen spoke at length about a project she is currently involved in and wanted our input, the Global Diaspora Village.

I was fascinated – due to a hectic schedule, I hadn’t had the mental space to acknowledge more than that the Commonwealth Games were occurring in Glasgow and taking time out to listen to the vast amount of resource that it had taken to be on schedule was good to hear.

Besides being a great sporting event  which hosts hundreds of countries and shares talents with people across the Globe, the international sporting event has  become a great opportunity for networking, creating global publicity, branding and introducing new business and investment opportunity to the millions of delegates who represent their countries in this very diverse event.

The Global Diaspora Village will host a festival of events starting with pre-highlights of an attempt to break the Guinness World Record of the Largest Gospel Choir. This will be followed by an Award Ceremony night where different achievers will be honoured.  A big cultural day will be the official opening of the Village and this will be filled with fun and excitement in form of carnival of cultural groups from different countries and communities.

This has been identified  as a great opportunity to promote various countries that seek to promote their products, market their countries and attract skills and investors. To effectively do this DCSS (Diaspora Community Support Services)  is setting up a state of the art Global Diaspora Village with each country having its own pavilion space depending on the needs of the country. The Village will offer visitors very high quality ‘corporate’ hospitality and the chance to promote their own countries’ tourism & business investment initiatives.

When complete the Global Diaspora Village will have a public theatre for evening entertainment, a religious Centre for Faith groups, A music center for various artists and Musical groups. An Exhibition pavilion for various brands and products, a food court, a relaxation area,  media suites, Investment and business suites will be made available to all countries involved.

We were asked for our thoughts about getting involved on ‘Asia Day’ and we are very pleased to have been given an opportunity to highlight our particular communities and countries on the Asian Subcontinent.

For more information about the Global Diaspora Village, please click here.

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