Sunday, December 27, 2009

8th Moharam Nawab Kothi Juloos

Hussaini Kothi is an abode of the scions of the erstwhile Nawabs of Hyderabad.Here the Alam of Hazrat Abbas carried by the youngest Nawab on horseback moves around the grounds, after a majlis, than some scourging , this is an awesome Shia event n Hyderabad city.. speaking of old time Hyderabadi Tehzeeb Adab, and Azadari e Hussain.

Moharam in Hyderabad - Hussain Kothi 2004

These are pictures shot in 2004..I had gone to celebrate Moharam in Hyderabad.
On 8 Moharam, there is a huge procession at Hussain Kothi ancestral seat of the Nawabs .
One of the scions of the Nawab carries the Alam Abbas on a horse.
Than chants of Ya Sakina Ya Abbas..
This is an unforgettable event in the Azadari of Imam Hussain.

I had accidentally called this place Nawab Kothi - this is actually Hussain Kothi and these are blue blooded nawabs and the young kids carry the heritage of their ancestry..

I am back here and shot this segment Moharam in Hyderabad 2009

I shall post the pictures once I reach Mumbai after Ashura.

The hospitality shown to me by Ghazanfer son of late Nawab Rashid Ali Khan, and his uncles cousins , relatives has really touched me deeply..

"Islam Zinda Hota Hai Har Karbala Ke Bad..."

Azadari e Hussain .
The hosting of majlis matam juloos or processions is the basic ingredient of Shiasm.
This is what separates us from the rest of our Muslim brethren, though we believe in Allah Hi Holy Prophet , His Holy Book.
We also pay tribute to the Ahle Bayt..and Ale Mohomed , the heritage of the Holy Messenger of Islam.

For two mont eight days the Shias mourn for Imam HUssain his progeny, the carnage at Karbala this mourning binds us all, globally, we maybe part of a nation but we are part of a spiritual nation without borders called Hussainiyat.

On Ashur 10 day of Imam Hussains Martyrdom the Shias carry Tazias to the cemeteries, bleed , and remember the sacrifice of Imam Hussain..the Saviour of Islam..

In the words of Mohammad Ali Jauhar,
Qatal Hussain asal main marg Yazid hai
Islam Zinda hota hai har Karbala kay bad.

Khawaja Moinuddin Chisty’s powerful verses epitomise the reverence and devotion of Muslims towards Imam Hussain:

Shah ast Hussain, Badshah ast Hussain
Deen ast Hussain, Deen Panah ast Hussain
Sardad na dad dast, dar dast-e-yazeed,
Haqaa key binaey La ila ast Hussain

Loosely translated

Ruler is Hussain, Emperor is Hussain,
Faith is Hussain , guardian of faith is Hussain .
Offered his head and not the hand to Yazid.
Truly, the mirror of faith is Hussain

Razar Rumi has given a beautiful definition in his blog post, that I quote several times , so awe struck I am..of Shah Ast Hussain

Hum Se Kehte Hain Ke Shabeer Ka Matam Na Kare


Motherhood The Source Of Our Shia Ancestry

ankhen bandh
mohabat e hussain
dil main samaya aya
jo meri maan ne
ansoo on se sajaya hai
meri virasat
ghame hussain
mai basaya hai

A Glorious Death is Better Than a Shameless Life