Samier Dandan is pretty clear about what he wants for Australian Muslims. Sydney's growing Muslim community has been ignored for too long, he reckons, and needs to unite and become a political force to be reckoned with.

So far, Dandan's biggest power play was at last year's NSW state election, where the savvy operator publicly threw the Lebanese Muslim Association's support behind Liberal candidates in south-west Sydney -- where the Muslim population is as high as 17%.