Australia’s best known Muslim community spokesman Keysar Trad has confounded friend and foe with his first serious book of poetry, Forays of the Heart. The book conflicts with the rabid reputation given to Keysar Trad by some talk back radio hosts and more extreme bloggers. Trad describes the book as a “broadcast of profound love”. The poems are peans of love directed at women other than his wife. The book records the distractions of love that came the author’s way during his toughest challenges. Humorous at times, the soul searching in these poems brings the reader to the universal experience of “love”. At a time when so-called marriage equality is the chant of the mainstream media, others are asking why these issues should be on the statute books at all, why a cultural institution like marriage belongs in the hands of the law makers, when, depending on your perspective, it belongs in the hands of the people themselves. Who are these people to tell other people how to live?
“I wrote these poems in a sense of fantastic lyrical compulsion, embarrassing in parts, I still felt the need to share them so that others can benefit from these journeys,” Keysar Trad. “I would like to thank my wife and nine children for putting up with me during this period and I pray that they will continue to understand in the face of the likely fallout in some quarters.
“They do appreciate that these journeys are being shared for the greater good. The ‘forays’ were a combination of torment and hope, one moment, you feel buoyed, the next you feel anxious and agitated.”
Trad has been a spokesman on issues relating to Islam and the Muslim community for more than 20 years. He is associated with the most senior Muslim spiritual leaders (Imams, Sheikhs, Muftis) in Australia. He has given thousands of interviews and numerous background briefings to media and other organisations.
Trad is the founder of the Sydney-based Islamic Friendship Association, has translated books about Islam from Arabic to English and written on the common grounds between Islam and other faiths.
Founder of Sense of Place Publishing John Stapleton said: “Like many working journalists, I got to know and ultimately respect Keysar Trad over many years and through a number of controversies involving the Islamic community. I hope Forays of the Heart will come to be seen as a significant signpost in normalizing the relationships between the Muslim and broader communities.”
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