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Muslims are a Divided Race

Muslims are a Divided Race, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. sectarian hate
sectarian strife
humanity and brotherhood
has replaced
allah ho akbar
muslims are a divided race
one hating the other
but all Allah
do embrace
searching for martyrdom
totally misplaced
a jehad they call it
just in case
distorting his teachings
his piety his tolerance
his spiritual base
his holy scriptures
they rephrase
a religion that was once
know for its dignity and its grace
poisonous puritanism
beneath a bearded face
for sufism shiasm
has no space
into another world
called akhrat
as we race
the only path of peace

The Hijra Menace on the Indian Trains

The Hijra Menace on the Indian Trains, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. My wife is a very simple woman,she keeps to herself, but she is sensitive too,She has never been critical or insulting towards my photography of the hijras,She has actually been a good host along with my daughter Samiya when Laxmi Narayan Tripathi the quintessential hijra icon of India came over to our place with her chelas,

My wife went out of her way to extend the hospitality that we as Indians are famous for.
Actually Laxmi was worried about Samiyas views and inquired if she had upset my family with her sudden and unexpected presence,this was in a phone call to me , but Samiya spoke to her and told her , that the visit was an eye opener and hijras are after all human too.

On many a trips to Lucknow my wife has shot me with the hijras and my wife in her own right is a good photographer too.

She has seen a lot of personal pain, the pain of the '93 riots at Khar Dhanda where we lived and the ap…

Nag Devta Nag Panchami

Nag Devta Nag Panchami, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. from wikipedia

'Nāga Panchamī (Sanskrit: नाग पंचमी) is a Hindu festival celebrated by Hindus in most parts of India. It is celebrated on Panchami in Shravan month. On this day, they worship Nāga Devata (Cobras). Cobras are considerderedne in Hindu mythology. People go to temples and snake pits and they worship the snakes. They offer milk and silver jewelry to the Cobras to protect them from all evils. They also fast. This festival is to celebrate the day Lord Krishna defeated the serpent Kalia. On this day swings are put up in the village and people enjoy themselves. The married girls visit their parents during this occasion.

The festival of Nāga Panchami is celebrated by Hindus to pay respect to Nāgas. The five Nāgas worshipped on Nag Panchami are Ananta, Vāsuki, Taxak, Karkotaka and Pingala. According to a Puranic myth Brahma’s son Kashyapa had four wives. Kashyapa’s first wife gave birth to Devas, second…

The Shias of Mumbai a Unique Race

The Shias of Mumbai a Unique Race, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. every day is ashura every land is karbala ,

“The tragedy of Karbala taught humanity a lesson that standing for the truth and fighting unto death for it is more honorable and valuable than submitting to the wrongful, especially when the survival of Islam is at stake.”

Quotations about Imam Hussain (ﮫﻨﻋﷲﺍﻰﻀﺮ) by Non-Muslims

Mahatma Gandhi
"My faith is that the progress of Islam does not depend on the use of sword by its believers, but the result of the supreme sacrifice of Hussain (ﮫﻨﻋﻰﻠﺎﻌﺘﷲﺍﻰﻀﺮ), the great saint."

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
"Imam Hussain's (ﮫﻨﻋﻰﻠﺎﻌﺘﷲﺍﻰﻀﺮ) sacrifice is for all groups and communities, an example of the path of rightousness."

Reynold Alleyne Nicholson
"Hussain (ﮫﻨﻋﻰﻠﺎﻌﺘﷲﺍﻰﻀﺮ) fell, pierced by an arrow, and his brave followers were cut down beside him to the last man. Muhammadan tradition, which with rare exceptions is uniformly hostile to the Umayyad …

The Shia Blogger of Mumbai

The Shia Blogger of Mumbai, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 84,898 items / 500,035 views

shot by munna bhai photographer

Lately I have been wearing rubber slippers, though I prefer walking barefeet, the filth , the muck really does not bother me at all, I was completely barefeet at Ajmer and Ajmer Dargah streets are really really bad, more filthier than some of the filthy streets of Mumbai.

As my desicion to go to the Jashn of Wiladat Imam Hussain at Bandra Shia Khoja Masjid was quite spontaneous and out of the blue, I wore a turban, but wife found it to over imposing so I opted for this Sabri cap given to me by Peersaab Fakhru Miya of Hujra No 6 .Ajmer Sharif..

Peersaab a Sunni scholar of repute is a professed lover of Ahle Bayt , and promotes Hussainiyat , wherever he goes, he says quite clearly without Ahle Bayt Islam is incomplete.

He is a lover of Imam Hussain and a firm believer of Hazrat Abbas, so loving Hussain is beyond dogma, loving Hussain is not about Shias…

Wiladat Imam Hussain -Bandra Shia Khoja Masjid 2009

Wiladat Imam Hussain -Bandra Shia Khoja Masjid 2009, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.

Ḥusayn ibn ‘Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib (Arabic: حسين بن علي بن أﺑﻲ طالب‎)‎ (3rd Sha‘bān 4 AH - 10th Muharram 61 AH; 8 January 626 AD - 10 October 680 AD) was the grandson of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad, and the son of ‘Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib (final Rashidun Caliph[6] and first Shī‘a Imām) and Fātimah Zahrā (daughter of Muhammad). Husayn is an important figure in Islām as he is a member of the Ahlul Bayt (the household of Muhammad) and Ahlul Kisā, as well as being a Shī‘a Imām, and one of The Fourteen Infallibles of Shī'a Twelvers.

Husayn ibn ‘Alī is revered[by whom?] as a martyr who fought tyranny, as he refused to pledge allegiance to Yazīd I[7], the Umayyad caliph. He rose up to create a regime that would reinstate a “true” Islāmic polity as opposed to what he considered the unjust rule of the Umayyads.[7] As a consequence, Husayn was killed and behead…

I Inch Towards 500000 Views on Flickr in 21 Months 84900 Photo Blogs

I Inch Towards 500000 Views on Flickr in 21 Months 84900 Photo Blogs, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 84,889 items / 499,957 views

In a short while I will complete 500000 views on Flickr, I have posted over 84900 pictures in about 21 months..its been a long smooth journey..from Buzznet to Blogspot, Wordpress to Flickr.

But my oldest blog site is Fotothing that I began in August 2005 ..and Webshots..
My home site in Nov 2005...which now serves as an archive has a link from my homepage to Flickr..
blog stats here :
8280 files in 59 albums and 1 categories with 0 comments viewed 1072754 times..since Nov 2005.

All my Shia sets and collections including Shia poems are on Flickr , some I reposted or cross blogged to my Shia site Shah Ast Hussain

From time to time I add my links to Twitter and Facebook.

Raju Shresta - Son of Yusuf Ajani

Raju Shresta - Son of Yusuf Ajani, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Master Raju, Raju Shresta the grieving son of Yusuf Bhaijan,or Yusuf Ajani too was at the Jashn, he later came home too see my posts on Flickr about his dad, and was extremely touched by the tributes to his dad by my Flickr friends and Syed Zaghamuddin of Facebook.

He added me as his friend on Facebook.

Raju Shresta was one of the finest child artiste of Bollywood than known as Master Raju, all the films he did with the actors of repute and each one is memorable.

Kitab 1977

Kitaab is a 1977 Hindi movie. Produced by Pranlal Mehta and Gulzar the film is directed by Gulzar. The film stars Uttam Kumar, Vidya Sinha, Shreeram Lagoo, Keshto Mukherjee and Asit Sen. Musical score is by R. D. Burman

Babla (played by Master Raju) is a kid who lives in a village with his mother (played by Dina Pathak). His mother sends him to his sister's (played by Vidya …

Wiladat Imam Hussain -Bandra Shia Khoja Masjid 2009

3 Shaban Wiladat Imam Hussain

3 Shaban Wiladat Imam Hussain, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Perhaps I was missing my grand daughter Marziya Shakir who left for Lucknow this evening, perhaps I wanted to bond with my Shia brethren, that I went to the Bandra Shia Khoja Mosque to take part in the Jashn of Wiladat Imam Hussain.

3 Shaban is the birthday of Hazrat Imam Hussain the Martyred Grandson of the Holy Messenger of Islam.

This is a very auspicious day for the Shias all over the world..and the lovers of Imam Hussain..and there was a short discourse on the beloved Imam, by Maulana Ali Mehdi..who recited some lofty lines in praise of this noble soul we also call Hussain is Humanity..Ali Mehndi Saab stressed there is two type of Islam , the Hussaini Islam and the Yazidi Islam, one that respects life and the other that takes life in the name of Misplaced Martyrdom...

After the short discourse it was the turn of the Urdu poets to recite their shairis in praise of Imam Hussain..I shot several pictures…

My Disillusioned Hand

My Disillusioned Hand, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. searching for her
like a mad man
my disillusioned hand
but she lies in a no mans land
the workings of her devious mind
I simply cant understand
our parting our sorrow
our misery totally unplanned
our hopes devoured by
castles sinking in the sand
one sided love
not a one night stand
unquenchable her thirst
her uncharitable demand
from her nefarious network
my IP is banned
once like her favorite pug
I was slavishly
at her beck and command
a blog goddess
doing samba in a dance band
karma and dharma
go hand in hand
a medicine wheel
replaced at a bicycle stand
Adonis takes my place
her sleight of hand
freedom manacled
my soul back in remand