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Khwajah Moinuddin Chishty an Apostle of Peace

Khwajah Moinuddin Chishty an Apostle of Peace, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. winds of war
on his territory cease
khawjah moinuddin chishty
apostle of peace
his protectorate beyond the seven seas
all faiths
all caste community
seeking ultimate release
from chaos dogmatic
dictatorship and all disease
of the body mind and the soul
caused by rabid politics and rabid priests
who divide humanity into tinier piece
vested interests and their caprice
hate on rent intolerance on lease
the poor the needy the disfranchised
the marginalized the eunuchs the hijras
all with love he protects and sees

Iran Says CIA killed Neda !

Iran Says CIA killed Neda !, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. image courtesy hamex iranian

Iranian Ambassdor In Mexico Tells CNN That CIA Killed Neda And It Was All Planed Before It Happend !

courtesy
www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=202314015507&ref=n...

they the killers
continue with their lies
spirtual leaders
matrix of evil in disguise
destroying Iran
a Mideastern paradise
Neda Soltani
paid the price
the fallen foot soldier of freedom
the entire world cries
a change is imminent
in the government
of the Lord of the Flies

Flowers of Shame

Flowers of Shame, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. in a garden of innocence
plucked used abused
living life is not the same
trampled flowers of shame
nice smiles white angelic
garments pedophile became
crimes protected by an edifice
hidden under a red carpet aflame
a slip between the cup and the lip
a chalice of his Holy Name
oh it was the child
who seduced us
they blame
In the Name of the Father
a Holy Truth they proclaim
spirituality desensitizing the flesh
the name of the game
watching silently
a mother a child on a frame

The Beggar Lady From Pydhonie

The Beggar Lady From Pydhonie, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. people pass her by
have eyes
her pain they do not see
or hear her painful plea
the beggar lady from pydhonie
mumbai rains batter her soul
only death will set her free
from her karmic misery

The Hijras of Ajmer

The Hijras of Ajmer, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. near the bulund darwaza
in the heart of moti katla square
a hijra paradise human souls
peace hope harmony spirituality
togetherness with the Khwajah
come to share ..
the Holy Saint the patron of the hijras
the Urus the greatest spiritual fair
their pain , their sufferings
their sorrow their despair
at the tomb of the Khwajah
they weep and bare
dancing on the hot marble bare feet
they hold mortality in a snare
babita the queen of najafgarh
exotic beauty rare
mona the eunuch child
little boys clothes loves to wear
gopal haji the nayak of the hijras
sitting close by on a chair
laxmi narayan tripathi
from mumbai my hijra guru
with her chelas will also be there
shooting them marc de clercq
who has ample time to spare
I will join them too tomorrow
the mystic of mumbai
bald headed no footwear
basanti the gypsy hijra
with the screaming
malang zubair
zeenat the siddhi hijra
your heart from your body
she will tear
the hijra bawas of char yaar
chanting mant…

I Am Arti the Beggar Girl of Mahim

I Am Arti the Beggar Girl of Mahim, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. at the traffic signal
of st michaels church
reliving her dream
arti
the beggar girl of mahim
happy full of life
it seems
collecting alms
her eyes lit up
by the car beams
with the other beggars kids
of the mori road slum she teams
unaware of the honking of the drivers
their abusive screams
her smile worth a million dollar
as it gleams

dedicated to randall joel..

I Am Neda

I Am Neda, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. photo courtesy
www.timesonline.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00577/Iran-LA_57...

you shoot one
a hundred
a hundred thousand
Nedas
will be born
to take her place
now that
she is gone
I am Neda
Freedoms Dawn
a bleeding rose
punishing a thorn
a shroud of green
taking the devil
by the horn
dont test the will of the people
the voice of the people we warn
to take vengeance on you
she will be reborn
she lives in the soul of Iran
we dont need to mourn

Michael Jackson " Invincible" RIP

Michael Jackson " Invincible" RIP, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. photo courtesy
www.music-atlas.com/images/michael_jackson_3.jpg

Wikipedia
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jackson

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)[2] was an American recording artist and entertainer. The seventh child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene at the age of 11 as a member of The Jackson 5 and began a solo career in 1971 while still a member of the group. Referred to as the "King of Pop" in subsequent years, four of his solo studio albums are among the world's best-selling records: Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and HIStory (1995), while his 1982 Thriller is the world's best-selling record of all time.

In the early 1980s, he became a dominant figure in popular music and the first African-American entertainer to amass a strong crossover following on MTV. The popularity of his music videos airing on…

Muslims of Behrampada Bandra East Need You !!!!

Muslims of Behrampada Bandra East Need You !!!!, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. This ends the series of pictures I shot on 25 June 2009..at Behrampada Bandra East.

My title too make others read this and see the pain of the people of Behrampada ..political parties must cut through party lines and bring aid and relief to these helpless people.

The one party that can do a lot just a single word from Shri Bala Saheb Thackeray and Shri Udhav Thackeray of the Shiv Sena..could almost be a miracle in disguise..the situation is not about appeasing the Muslims but standing up for them as Mumbaikars even if the majority hails from UP or Bihar..

Even the MNS and Mr Raj Thackeray should come out in support of these unfortunate people in a bigger way and see that rehabilitation process is done more speedily without bureaucratic delay .On July 29 200 we are expecting heavy rainfalls , so action should be taken much before this dangerous zone arrives.

What saddens me there is no ot…

Iran Zendabad

Iran Zendabad, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. image courtesy Hamed Rad

a nation
crying out to be free
free it surely
is going to be
the voice of the people
the will of the people
protected by the Almighty
God is not Blind
He can see
Truth Equality Liberty Justice
he will guarantee
the Oppressor the Tyrant
he will bring to his knees
Iran Zendabad
Quest for Peace
a captive bird
He will release

We Will Not Pay To Use Facebook.Need As Many Members Possible To Stop This!

We Will Not Pay To Use Facebook.Need As Many Members Possible To Stop This!, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. link courtesy
fred miller master blaster blogger

www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=74781782039&...


Common Interest - Current Events
Description:
Because of Facebook's huge popularity Mark Zuckerberg is getting a lot of offers from people wanting to buy Facebook. People Who WILL turn it into a paysite.

Lets all stick together on this one and let them know that we will leave Facebook if they decide to charge us to use it.

Please join and use the "INVITE PEOPLE TO JOIN" tab on the right hand side and invite all your friends to join.

WE WILL NOT PAY TO USE FACEBOOK!!!


All you have to do to help STOP this is:

► 1 Join this group.

► 2 Click on "Invite People to Join" button in the right menu.

► 3 Select all of your friends.

► 4 Click on the "Send invitation" button


...........(0 0)
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╔═════════════════╗
║ INVITE ALL Y…

natarsim natarsim, ma hame ba ham hastim

natarsim natarsim, ma hame ba ham hastim, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. image and post courtesy mona irani

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Before reading consider the fact that real change comes from within, as you have seen during the last weeks.قبل از خواندن توجه داشته باشید که در این هفته ها دیدیم که چگونه تغییر واقعی از درون می جوشد

بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم

هموطنان عزیز

ایرانیان شرافتمند دور از وطن
حضور گسترده و پرشور شما هموطنان در انتخابات 22 خرداد امسال نمایانگر دلبستگی شما عزیزان
به ایران عزیز و دغدغه هاي قابل تحسین شما نسبت به آینده کشورتان است و همانطور که در پیام
انتخاباتی به شما عزیزان اعلام کردم ایران متعلق به همه ایرانیان است و همه آحاد ملت در داخل و
خارج نسبت به آینده آن مسئول و در آن از حقوق یکسان برخوردارند.ا

بر خود فرض میدانم که از حماسه حضور شما در تعیین سرنوشت کشورتان قدردانی نمایم .ا

استقبال گسترده شما عزیزان از این انتخابات و حضور سبز و بانشاطتان در پاي صندوق هاي ر أي
آنچنان وسیع بود که حتی منابع دولتی و برگزار کنندگان ان…

Michael Jackson Superstar RIP

Michael Jackson Superstar RIP, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. image courtesy
imspeakingtruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/michael-jacks...


Michael Jackson, Pop Icon, Is Dead at 50
aka Mikaeel

www.nytimes.com/2009/06/26/arts/music/26jackson.html?ref=...

The One Who Flew the Cuckoos Nest

The One Who Flew the Cuckoos Nest, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. photo courtesy
www.seedsofdoubt.com/images/bush-prison-face.jpg

poem inspired by linda schaefer

the one who got away
a war criminal
need i say
American flawed
justice
protects its own
a sucked system
at play
being white
is better than
being black or gray
blood littered
of the sons of America
Iraq Afghanistan
wont repay
unless Obama
has his way
Injustice
is here to stay

Behrampada As Is Where Is

Behrampada As Is Where Is, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. I have decided to post the balance pictures of Behrampada shot today , without tweaking, to show you the stark reality in color , the rains the people and the pain that lingers on, I used my creativity in my earlier pictures ,I made the statement I had to make.. now back to my pedestrian photography of pain as seen on the viewfinder of my soul.

Behrampada Weeps With The Rains

Behrampada Weeps With The Rains, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. This evening I went back to Behrampada the area where the fire had taken exactly a week back, I shot this from the sky walk at Bandra East facing the disaster site.
It was raining and the place below is muddy , dirt and filthy as hell..
On the right is the area where the homeless have been housed in a temporary makeshift cover..and the medical relief van belongs to Nargis Dutt Memorial Charitable Trust , thanks to the MP of the Congress party Priya Dutt Roncon..
Late Nargis Dutt the versatile actress who worked in many movies the most famous being Mother India directed by the doyen Mehboob Khan, was the wife of late actor Mr Sunil Dutt, parents of Namrata , Priya and actor Sanjay Dutt .

I have shot all this in color but tweaked it to show you the stark reality of pain..the fire was extinguished but the flames of deprivation , attack the homeless and the poor, the rains too have played spoil sport to this…

Thank You Glenn

Thank You Glenn, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. photo courtesy
www.flickr.com/photos/glosackmd/3659038526/in/photostream/

I wish to dedicate "Darkness" a new GLOSACK to my dearest friend for life
a man dedicated to documenting human suffering and without whose guidance, caring and
love I would not be alive.I toast to you FIroze Shakir. I hope you approve of this gift i give to you Dr Glenn Losack MD

MY POEM TO GLENN

Darkness
is the search of the human soul
that never ends ..brittle hard strong
an urge that one never suspends
it neither bows nor bends
through its bounty
the human flesh it tends
broken hearts broken dreams
broken homes it mends
a path it follows as it wends
from Mumbai to Manhattan in a bottle
a message of peace this mystic sends
from shadows of a picture
into the silhouette of a poem he blends
if you take away honor ..what else is left
for a man to defend

We Will Overcome

We Will Overcome, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. photo courtesy
www.churchtimes.co.uk/uploads/images/p8_Iran elections#1#.jpg


a single chant of freedom
the beatings of the drum
natarsim natarsim, ma hame ba ham hastim
in a single voice they hum
tyranny dictatorship accursed basiji
we will overcome
silently suffering
as the whole world watches
we will not succumb
neda soltani
angel of peace
a symbol of our freedom
has become
no more riding piggy back
under their evil thumb

Behrampada Weeps

Behrampada Weeps, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. the monsoons lashing the soul
on roads , pavements street corners they sleep
homeless hopeless as the night creeps
on the soul of humanity
behrampada weeps
promises that politicians
perhaps might not keep
houses as debris
on garbage heaps
from under a tattered newspaper
as bed sheet
a little child peeps
fate from the fire
into the frying pan leaps

THIS PROJECT NEEDS URGENT ATTENTION.

THIS PROJECT NEEDS URGENT ATTENTION., originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. I received this in my G Mail inbox.. I would like too share with all of you..

Hello friend,

My name is Scott Wright, I am an American soldier, I am serving in the military with the 1st Armored Division in Iraq , as you know we are being attacked by insurgents everyday and car bombs. We managed to move part of funds belonging to Saddam Hussein's family in 2003.

The total amount is US$ 3 Million dollars in cash, mostly 100 dollar bills, this money has been kept somewhere outside Baghdad, with security company in Madrid Spain, for some time but with the proposed troop in increase by president Barrack Obama, to end the suicide bombing and make peace with Iraq militant and terrorist, we are afraid that the money may be discovered hence we want to move this money to you for safekeeping pending the completion of our assignment here.

READ THIS WEBSITE VERY WELL AND GET BACK TO ME.

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/mid…

The Wisdom of the Goat of Behrampada

The Wisdom of the Goat of Behrampada, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. says the wise goat of behrampada close to the office of a political party

the fire
the destruction
will soon fade away from
public memory
other matters need
the politicians attention
dont you see
how could structures
four floors high
like a tower of babel
held by iron channels
actually
on a repair permission
allowed to be built
illegally
hopes
dreams
buried
in the debris
life lived precariously
where even god
gives no guarantee
assembly elections
round the corner
an issue politicized
completely
law and order governance
apathy
narrow lanes of death
ladders leading to the sky
illegal electrical connections
safety and prevention
gone to the dogs
death doing its rounds free
those who built castles in the sand
the future did not foresee
a tear rolled down
the cheek of humanity
the sacrificial wise goat
ponders
at the foolishness of man
silently
paper wings
trying to touch
fiery eternity
vulnerable fragile
man at the mercy of
mortality

The Silence of the Lamb

The Silence of the Lamb, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. photo courtesy hamex iranian

in iran a single chant
"natarsim natarsim, ma hame ba ham hastim
all over tehran echoes
only the supreme counciil of tyranny
does not know
to the voice of the people
the will of the people
no respect does it show
baton wielding basiji
kicks slaps and blows
a crusade for justice and truth
a mandate of the people
will eventually overthrow
the silence of the lamb
from every blog overflows
facebook flickr twitter
poetry pictures and prose

THEY WHO STOLE THE VOTES

THEY WHO STOLE THE VOTES, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. photo courtesy
hamex iranian
www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1913997&id=605123259&a...

they who stole the votes
in the darkness of treachery
to keep themselves afloat
using the will and the voice
of the Iranian people
as sacrificial goat
spiritual terrorism
the accursed basijis
cut throats
on the streets of Tehran
a battle for Truth
the people fought
Peace A New Dawn
of Iran
to promote
Yazidiyat
on the souls of the tyrants
from time immemorial
God wrote
“Meejangam, Meemeeram, rayam-o-pass meegeeram”
“I will fight, I will die, I will get my vote back.”
to quote

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or9aiGBh3YQ&feature=related

A Curse Called the Basiji of Iran

A Curse Called the Basiji of Iran, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. This story pictures courtesy salon news @Mike Madden link given by Steve Kowalchuck Facebook..

www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=93955294799&h=eeso...

The torture of a 17-year-old in Iran

A teenager's story, with graphic photos, of abuse at the hands of Iran's religious paramilitaries, the Basij
Editor's note: Salon has obtained an e-mail, written in Farsi, circulating among Iranian American activists that tells the story of a 17-year-old boy who says he was tortured by government agents in Tehran. The e-mail, with attached photos of the victim, was sent by a friend of the boy's after his release. Though it's unclear exactly when the events in the story happened, the e-mail arrived in the U.S. late last week. The activist who forwarded it to Salon wanted it published to show what's happening as Iran is gripped by ongoing protests and a harsh government crackdown. The messag…

Enough Dont Desecrate the Burqa Anymore

Enough Dont Desecrate the Burqa Anymore, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. In your country do what you have to do
ban the burqa but don't desecrate it anymore
you the modern nobility of France
for you the Burqa a garment of oppression
a garment of subservience
for us our spiritual second skin and more
stop your racial profiling your irresponsible
racist remarks off the cuff for sure
as Muslim women we implore
get your head checked
prevention is better than cure
dont put Ms Carla Bruni in a Burqa
a thought our hearts wont endure
she is far too pretty and demure
as for us within the walls of our Burqa
we are spiritually morally secure
our path to freedom clean and pure

The Resilient Muslim Race

The Resilient Muslim Race, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. The resilient
Muslim race
it falls it rises
hardships calamity
it will face
leaderless
but collectively calm
by Gods grace
ancestry
to Peace and Brotherhood trace
indeed God is Great
a chant from the minaret always
Truth Justice Tolerance embrace
another mans religion
wont deface
living as Indians
giving other
Indians breathing space
through sectarian strife
sectarian hate
this religion
they have tried to erase
the enemies of Islam
are not outside
but within
they will one day
fall into place
the Holy Message
of Humanity
will once again
become their base
live and lets others
live peacefully
this planet a momentary
nesting place
for the final journey
when we meet him
in sheer human humility
face to face
Islam from a Muslim
or a Muslim from Islam
you simply cant replace

The Narrow Lanes of Hell

The Narrow Lanes of Hell, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. the narrow lanes of hell
the unfortunate
the miserable
the homeless
the houseless
of Behrampada Bandra East
now on the pavements dwell
through my pictures of despair
the story of their pain I tell
where there is hope there is life
soon they will get well
only god can sound their death knell
they will rise as they fell
breaking free from the hands
of the devil

Behrampada Cries

Behrampada Cries, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. the death toll on the rise
building towers of babel
man pays a ransom twice
buried under the rubble
his family lies
on the soul of humanity
behrampada cries
homeless
houseless
jobless
as someone dies
living in ghettos
they pay the price
pound foolish and penny wise
fate like a gambler
a loaded dice
winning the game in disguise
the scourge of the monsoon
over their heads it flies
raindrops lashing their spirits
the flesh survives
man walking a trapeze
of a double edged knife
death where is thy sting
take my life


dedicated to tom andrews who saved my life once..

Dust to Dust Ashes to Ashes

Dust to Dust Ashes to Ashes, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. All gone ...
dust to dust ashes to ashes.
.more pain and sorrow
the human soul encashes
in the minds eye
the burning machines
the bales of fabric
surmounting losses
as lightning flashes
a world of profit
a world of hard work
to the ground crashes
on the vulnerable fragile soul
some more godly lashes
bleeding flesh some more gashes

Memories

Memories, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Aftab (Persian: آفتاب ) (means sun in Persian)

memories
through your pictures
on our souls you freeze
touching an eternity
we call peace
dreams
bound to
a golden fleece
billowing blowing
like cool breeze

dedicated to aftab..

Sitting on the Grave of a House

Sitting on the Grave of a House, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. the burning fire of fate
calamity doom
they did douse
all lost with
the supreme maker
they have no grouse
sitting on the grave
of what was once their house
the sleeping children
buried under the debris
who will rouse
a woman searching for
her missing spouse

Dedicated to the CM of Maharashtra who came saw the tragedy and has promised that the State machinery will help the homeless and the needy..

A Ruined Man Profile in Pain

A Ruined Man Profile in Pain, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. This was a readymade Tshirt manufacturing unit -the machines the fabrics , the raw material, the stocks all burned down at Behrampada Bandra East.. what you are seeing is the profile of a ruined man..there is nothing left just hardcore raw pain..facing gloom and a future of despair.
Most of these small scale units are not even insured , they buy electricity illegally from touts and it is perhaps a short circuit overloading that caused the unprecedented disastrous fire..

And one man Richard Higgins aka Yorrik felt this pain, before I could write the text on this post..does pain need words for translation...

".but it is a very moving image and i am glad you took these.

all the best my friend, to everyone there or at least the very basics " yorrik

The Accursed Basiji of Iran

The Accursed Basiji of Iran, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Feared Basij militia has deep history in Iranian conflict

By Samira Simone
CNN
edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/06/22/iran.basij.militia...

They may wear a uniform, or ordinary street clothes. Their numbers are unclear. They rush the streets with brute strength.

They are the Basij, Iran's volunteer paramilitary group that for more than a week has cracked down on the thousands of protesters in the bloody aftermath of the Islamic republic's disputed presidential election.

Amateur video shows members of the Basij, wearing plain shirts and pants and wielding clubs and hoses, dispersing protesters and beating a handful of Iranians at a time.

"The Basij militia forces tried to break up the demonstrations using batons, electric shock and water cannons," a student in Tehran, whose name was withheld for his safety, told CNN's Don Lemon on Sunday. The student said he was injured at a protest by the …

Burqa - My Birthright

Burqa - My Birthright, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. "Burqas not welcome in France ", says Sarkozy .
This is the heading of the Times of India Mumbai front page dated 23 June 2009..

Some Excerpts..
Says Sarkozy "The burqa is not a religious sign,it is a sign of subservience and a sign of debasement- I want to say it solemnly "he said.
"It will not be welcome on the territory of the French Republic"

"In our country , we cannot accept that women be prisoners behind a screen,cut off from all social life , deprived of all identity."Sarkozy said.



To President Sarkozy from Marziya


says the little one
burqa my birthright
why it gives Sarkozy
the strong man of France
a shuddering fright
at the very mention of the burqa
he gets uptight
his mind in hysterical flight
or is it because he is
French and he is white
racial profiling souls to spite
undemocratic irresponsible words
from a leader of his height
c'est dommage ..
religious fire…

Behrampada RP Construction

Behrampada RP Construction, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. These are the channels on which the structures of Behramada are built reaching five floors , no pillars no plinth , no foundation....dangerous living precarious living - survival on the edge,,

Another Bleeding Brick In The Wall

Another Bleeding Brick In The Wall, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. This is the four or sometimes five tiered structures built without pillars or foundation, this is known in local parlance as channel or RP..itis bricks and iron channels , the staircase is inside a makeshift narrow iron one..a single person can come up or go down..this is Behrampada Bandra East..the largest slum predominantly Muslim,living on the edge..precarious survival of lesser mortals.The structures hug each other cheek and jowl..

The Bandra East Railway Station is close by where this incident took place..this is area is dense with over spilling humanity barrow by lanes completely choked and congested a nallah runs on the road..

NEDA SOLTANI LIVES IN THE HEART OF IRAN

NEDA SOLTANI LIVES IN THE HEART OF IRAN, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neda_Soltani

Neda Agha-Soltan (Persian: ندا آقا سلطان - Nedā Āġā-Soltān; b 1982 - d June 20, 2009)[2][3] was an Iranian woman whose killing, during the 2009 Iranian election protests, was captured on video by bystanders.[4] The graphic videos were posted on the Internet, and her name quickly became a rallying cry for the opposition.[4] Neda means "voice" or "calling" in Persian, and she has been referred to as the "voice of Iran" and "a symbol of pro-democracy protesters battering the Islamic regime" in the world.[5][6][7][2] Her last name has also been spelled as Soltani in some media reports.[8]

Circumstances of death

On June 20, 2009, Neda, a philosophy student[9], was sitting in her car in traffic on Kargar Avenue in the city of Tehran[4], near the Amir-Abad area, accompanied by her music teacher. Having gotten out of the car beca…

Behrampada Weeps ! As the Rest of the World Sleeps

Behrampada Weeps ! As the Rest of the World Sleeps, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. I shot several frames of this structure it kept beckoning me ..the sounds of silence, the party was over no hustle bustle .. no cacophony of Muslim women fighting with each other as to will put clothes on the clothesline, no fighting for tap water, no fighting for the communal toilet.., these rooms don't have attached toilets ..friends that were foes have become friends again a bit too late at the end of the day..

Allah Will Provide - Behrampada Bandra East

Allah Will Provide - Behrampada Bandra East, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. This was her house , her children have gone out to scrounge for relief aid, she was sad but had come to terms with her fate, she did not curse herself , nor did she blame God for this horrendous calamity..

Every bit of her belongings charred forever only hope remains unscathed ..yes she told me Allah will Provide..

Stairway to Heaven- Behrampada Bandra East

Stairway to Heaven- Behrampada Bandra East, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. From the ground floor this ladder went up the fourth floor sometimes the fifth floor , now when the fire struck, imagine their plight , families lived as tenants on the top floor , the landlord on the bottom floor, or in some cases the industrial units were on the ground floor the land lords on the top floor..
Now imagine running out from these houses where only one man can move out of the lane , the other man has to wait till the first man crosses..this was a calamity of negligence .

The fire was allegedly a short circuit, there were touts who sold illegal electricity..to the industrial units..I am told ..the fire started at the Makrani Lane ..as I entered inside there was fire that had not yet died down..

The Mumbai Police cadres were taking the survey of the houses and the people, bedsheets , utensils were being offered as relief by various Muslim institutions , the Jamatis were in great s…

Behrampada After The Fire

Behrampada After The Fire, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. I start a new set at Flickr of the after effects of the disastrous fire at Behrampada , a sprawling slum of 70000 people or more , with houses built right up to 4 floors or more mostly illegal.
On 19 June 2009 certain areas of this slum caught fire killing a child and a few adults, there are more bodies under the debris, that I shot this afternoon..this area is very congested , very narrow lanes that even after 4 days after the fire one can hardly move in..calamity has struck at a bad time as the rains has begun.

I am very close to Mr Shabbir Shaikh the local Samajwadi Corporator , he has done a lot with the locals to help the homeless and the needy..opening of relief camps , medical aid, and a common kitchen including clothes.

I normally dont shoot disasters, house crashes or floods, I would not be able to shoot pictures while people are running helter skelter for their lives as saving lives is more importan…

Iranian Terrorists in Uniform

Iranian Terrorists in Uniform, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. iranian terrorists in
police uniform
with batons in hands
a peoples will they storm
kicking out a mandate
that asks for reform
tyrannizing the soul
of a nation
their norm
along with the basijis
the streets
of Tehran they swarm
killing innocent people
a land of peace
into wastelands
transform

bringing them down
through facebook twitter flickr
a task bloggers perform

WHERE IS THEIR VOTE ?

WHERE IS THEIR VOTE ?, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. image courtesy Anthony Posey..
www.flickr.com/photos/60053005@N00/

Anthony Posey has done a commendable job posting pictures of the unrest , the chaos in Iran..It was Anthony who inspired me to create this set as a tribute to the Iranians an indomitable race .. fighting for a just cause..


People like Fred Miller, Nauman Umair all pitching in from wherever they are.

Hamed Rad on Facebook and others like him..all holding on to a single tag..#iranelections


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Neda Soltani - Symbol of Sacrifice To the Cause of Freedom

Neda Soltani - Symbol of Sacrifice To the Cause of Freedom, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. image and text Hamed Rad

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Hamed Rads Notes on Facebook

At last I could talk my friend in Iran who he has made the movie of Neda dying and he has sent the video to me.
I write here exactly as he told me:
.
"we were in the street and we heared that a sound like gunshot
we thought it is a firecracker
for the second time we heard it and I saw that Neda is not normal
and we ran toward her. I was is a one meter distance to her when she was shot.
my friend (the friend of my friend in Iran) is a doctor and he went to her and I took the movie
I deny any news about motor cycle Basijis, I am sure that she is shot from a roof by sniper
I deny about arresting the Basiji by the people and I have never seen some thing like that"
.
I asked him is he ready to talk with repoerters and journalists who they asked me to make them in touch …

RIP -Neda Soltani

RIP -Neda Soltani, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. image courtesy hamed rad facebook


In Iran, One Woman's Death May Have Many Consequences
by ROBIN WRIGHT
www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1906049,00.html

Iran's revolution has now run through a full cycle. A gruesomely captivating video of a young woman — laid out on a Tehran street after apparently being shot, blood pouring from her mouth and then across her face — swept Twitter, Facebook and other websites this weekend. The woman rapidly became a symbol of Iran's escalating crisis, from a political confrontation to far more ominous physical clashes. Some sites refer to her as "Neda," Farsi for the voice or the call. Tributes that incorporate startlingly upclose footage of her dying have started to spring up on YouTube.

Although it is not yet clear who shot "Neda" (a soldier? pro-government militant? an accidental misfiring?), her death may have changed everything. For the cycles o…

RIP -Neda Soltani

RIP -Neda Soltani, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. image courtesy hamed rad facebook

she gave her life
so others could live
the basiji her killers
one can never forgive
her freedom
her peoples freedom
the only motive
by the spiritual laws of terror
still held captive
on the revolutionary
streets of Iran
a peoples mission still active
a regime of tyranny and deceit
shall outlive

Basiji Thugs of Tehran

Basiji Thugs of Tehran, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. photo courtesy
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basiji
civilian thugs of tehran
monsters of a matrix evil
of a ruthless clan
to demolish the pillars
of humanity
their spiritually
government sponsored plan
an insult to a mother who
gave them birth
the ignominy of man
a dictatorship
where a cleric
is a superman
missing votes
the story that began
the chaos the uprising
that made every blogger
a newsman

Fathers Day

Fathers Day, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. my father late mohomed shakir lakhnavi
of n swamy rao and sons colaba
later new lords tailors
smart wear tailors
seated next to him
my mother late shamim shakir
daughter of nabban saab
descendant of poet Mir Anees Lucknow.

She Was , Is and Will Be Neda Soltani

She Was , Is and Will Be Neda Soltani, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. image courtesy Hamid Rad Facebook

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shot down in the prime of her life
by an accursed basiji
she has
from a gilded cage of deceit
finally flown free
she was, is and will be
a martyred soul
neda soltani
she died
so others could live
through her destiny
a green revolution
on the soul of humanity
on facebook flickr and twitter
a message of peace
hope and harmony


title and picture courtesy hamid rad of facebook

Face To Face

Face To Face, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. image courtesy
www.topnews.in/files/irani.JPG

two diverging paths
face to face
holding the soul
of a nations fate
spiritual terrorism
built on hate
basiji killings
innocent people
used as bait
baton wielding hoodlums
no escape
a green shroud
bleeding bodies drape
the world watches in silence
in disbelief a nations rape
a new militancy
in a spiritual cape

Natarsim natarsim, ma hameh ba ham hastim
We must not be frightened, we are all together

a collective call for a new democratic landscape
a new beginning will inshallah surely take shape

inspired by hamid rad of facebook..