Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Faiz on Ashura

Raat aaee hai Shabbir pey yalgaar-e-bala hai

Sathi na koi Yar na gamkhwar raha hai

Monis hai to Ek dard kee Ghanghore Ghata hai

Mushfaq hai to Ek Dil key Dharakney kee sada hai

Tanhai kee, ghurbat kee, pareshani kee shab hai

Yeh Khana-e-Shabbir kee Wirani kee shab hai

Night has set in, manifold miseries have Shabbir chained,

No friend, no companion and no well-wisher has remained,

The dark clouds of pain and suffering, are but his soother,

And the throb of his wounded heart, is the only comforter,

It’s the night of a lonely being, stranger, stranded and molested,

It’s the night of Shabbir’s house, which is desolate and devastated.

Dushman kee sipah khwaab mein madhosh pari thee

Pal bhar ko kisi kee na idhar Ankh lagi thee

Har ek ghari Aaj qayamat kee ghari thee

Yeh Raat bahut Aal-e-Mohammad pey kadi thee

Reh reh key bukaa Ahl-e-Haram kartey they Aisay

Tham tham key Diya Aakri shab jalta hai jaisay

Fast Asleep, the enemy soldiers were senselessly lying,

But this side, non could even wink in a situation trying,

This day, each and every moment was mortifying,

To the progeny of the Holy Prophet, this night was most terrifying,

The house-folks bewailed so, at times but helplessly,

As if the snuffed-out candle, flickers at the night-end slowly.

Ek ghoshay mein Un Sokhta Samanon key Salaar,

Un Khak basar, Khaknuma Weeron key Sardaar,

Tasna lab-o-Darmanada- o-Majboor- o-Dil-Figaar,

Is shaan sey bhaithay they Shah-e-Lashkar- e-Ahraar,

Masnad thi, na khilaat thi, na khuddam kharey they,,

Haa tan pey jidhar dekhyee, So Zakham Sajay they

In a nook there was, the Commander of the deprived creatures,

The Chief of those uprooted and molested creatures,

Broken-hearted, exhausted, helpless and thirsty,

The Leader was sitting but with great dignity,

Neither was royal cushion, nor robe, nor were the attendants standing,

Multiple wounds were on his body, blood from each was oozing.


Funeral of the Martyrs of the Main Ashura Procession - 1431 Hijri - 29th Dec 2009 - Karachi

Nauha recited after the Funeral prayer of the Martyrs of the Main Ashura Procession 1431 in Karachi.

And say not of those who are slain in the way of Allah: "They are dead." Nay, they are living, though ye perceive (it) not. (Al-Baqarah ~ 154)

Britto Road - full of Labbaik Ya Hussin a.s.!!

No chant is better than Labbaik Ya Hussain!

A salute to all the martyr of the Ashura procesion 1431 Hijri at Karachi.

Ready for namaz e janazah

Ashura 1431 Continues...

Right now at the funeral for the martyr of Ashura pocession of yesterday at Karachi.

Kullo Yomin Ashura - Kullo Arzin Karbala!
(Every day is Ashura - Every land is Karbala)
Labbaik Ya Hussain a.s.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Wish I had stayed a little longer...

Labbaik Ya Hussain!
Labbaik Ya Hussain!!

I wish I had stayed a little longer... There occurred a blast which killed at least 30 at the procession today and many injured.

I just contacted a friend who is still at juloos and he says that people have flocked in to continue the procession. This is the spirit of Labbaik Ya Hussain! May Allah curse those who attacked the peaceful procession... May Allah curse the Yazid of time and his party!

Labbaik Ya Hussain a.s.!!!!

Salam e Akhir

I'm leaving the Main Ashura Procession 1431 now.

"Bachay Tou Aglay Baras, Hum Hain Aur Yeh Gham Hai..
Jo Chal Basay Tou Yeh Apna Salam e Aakhir Hai"

Down with America! Down with Israel!

As part of the Main procession - Imamia Student Organization holds a protest against the tyrants and opressors of current time - America and Israel.

Right after namaz, the procession resumes.

Labbaik Ya Hussain!!!

We chant the slogan which still sends shivers to the spine of the Yazid of the day!



Reciting ziarat e ashura on the day of ashura is regarded as one of the greatest deeds...

Flocks of procession participants rushing to Namaz

After all - Namaz is what the Ahle Bait and Imam Hussain a.s. At Karbala gave their lives for... One of the famous quote from Imam Hussain a.s. On the eve of Ashura is 'I love Namaz' (excerpt/self translated)

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Preparation for Namaz

Preparations and checking for namaz at the Markazi Juloos - mobile wuzu khana.

Hayya Alas Salah!

The strive to reach the first row...

The procession is so jam packed that right now for me reaching the first row is like a mountain to climb!

Hussain a.s. - the Victor who helps victims become victors!

I remember Hasan Nasrullah's speech on ashoor day few years back - he explained what Labbaik Ya Hussain a.s. Means - Labbaik Ya Hussain means sacrificing your sons, your brothers, and your children without any grief over the cause of Islam.

Labbaik Ya Husain!

Live Blogging from Main Procession 1431 hijri

Arriving here at the juloos after majlis ended, I found the juloos reached Saddar - Empress Market. I have travelled through the whole procession, and like every year I feel that I have never seen such a massive population on roads.

More observations to follow - stay tuned, and if you reside in any city where any procession in under progress, go ahead and be a part. Remember this procession is not a ritual - it is the vow against every opressor of the world.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Reflections Regarding Silence

For a couple of years, the topic of Silence had been one of my interests, and maybe confusion as well. Recently, the question of ‘to be or not to be’ rose and I was being lazy in finding the answers – and just reading about Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq on Wikipedia, found a quote by him placed on the page as:


“The perfection of intellect is in three (things): humbleness for God, good certainty, and silence except for good.”


So I get the answer. Praise to be Allah – who provides without even asking – and when we ask, it is He who provides much more than we ask for.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Leave Your Houses To Be Physically Present In The Majalis

No matter how busy you are; exams/business/house related problems/poor health/Terror Threat or others, YOU have NO EXCUSE to sit at home.


Don’t rely on TV/Internet for Majalis, but be PHYSICALLY present in the Majalis. When Bibi Zainab s.a. could perform Aza in the most troublesome of circumstances, NONE OF OUR EXCUSES WOULD WORK!




(Reportedly a message from Agha Jawwad Naqvi on 19th December 2009.)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Moharram 1431

Aankhon Kay Sahilon Pe Hai Ashkon Ka Aik Hujoom
Shayad Gham-e-Hussain Ka Mosam Qareeb Hai


Courtesy: S. Meesum Raza

Monday, December 14, 2009

From the German Resistance Memorial

You did not bear the shame

You resisted

Sacrificing your life

For Freedom, Justice and Honor


- From the German Resistance Memorial, Berlin