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So You Are The Barefeet Blogger of Mumbai - she said

So You Are The Barefeet Blogger of Mumbai - she said, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. so you are
the barefeet
blogger of mumbai
she said
going to hyderabad
to add another furrow
to the wasteland
of your head
to shoot
the sorrow
filtered red
festered feet
speeding ahead
towards
hussainiyat
your ancestral
homestead

Eco Friendly Leg

Eco Friendly Leg, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. man born
to grovel
to beg
a structure
standing
on a peg
a fleshy limb
an eco friendly leg

Sajjad Bhai My Best Friend

Sajjad Bhai My Best Friend, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Sajjad Bhai is a cop.. with a golden heart , I have yet to see anyone as humble as him, this giant of a man feels for humanity , and he draws me to Hyderabad , what he did for me in 2003 I can never forget , he carried my heavy camera bag ,because of him I saw all the Ashurkhanas , I shot the Bibi Ka Alam , and he is more than a brother for sure.

His duty as a policeman is his prime drive and when free he is there helping everyone as a humble volunteer of Choti Bargah of Hazrat Abbas , he Akhtar Bhai, Abid Painter and the Lutfi brothers and his brother Kazim.

It was Sajjad Bhai and the Lutfi brothers who bought me here to shoot this event at Mir Mousavi Shia cemetery on 9 Moharam, Hindus lining up the area to pay tribute to the Alam Abbas and a Hindu fire performer who leads the procession.

The Shias the Sunnis and the Hindus live peacefully and strengthen the message of unity in diversity and mutual coexist…

Dont Underestimate The Hyderabadi Blade

Dont Underestimate The Hyderabadi Blade, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. This is the common blade , used by barbers all over India, and in Hyderabad it is used for scourging the back when tied like this in a wire. It cuts deviously and unimaginably more effective than a zanjir or flagellating steel blades of the Shia matamdar.

Kids use this as it is disposable, cheap and easy to get,most of the anjumans give it free, and this is not a boast on Ashura day in Hyderabad I think tons of blades are used at Bargah and at the procession of Bibi ka Alam. This certailny must be a record of sorts.

I have never used the blade on my body,not my choice as an instrument of pain, but finally it all comes down to technique and how you use it, in Kolkatta they use plastic foldable blades and you insert a half of this in the slot ..

The guys in Kolkatta use the surgeons scalpel too, and on 8 Moharam the Shia kids of Kolkata bash up their heads with steel tumblers .. crying out Ya Abba…

Here The Grass Is Not Green on the Other Side of The Fence

Here The Grass Is Not Green on the Other Side of The Fence, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 111,278 items / 718,269 views

Shia kids fascinate me endlessly,childhood should not be discriminated , I shoot kids from all communities , but the Shia kids have a unique element and I try to capture it as a poet using the help of my camera..and here this kid at Mir Mousavi Shia cemetery Hyderabad challenges me to a duel of the mind .
He talks to me a language I understand I learnt it effortlessly from Marziya my grand daughter 2 years 2 month old.

I think his conversation went this way..

Hi dude how do you like my city Hyderabad
I answered - Pretty Cool bro
How do you like our Moharam
I replied memorable traditional worth watching once in a life time..
Here he gave me a nice smile and charmed me with hospitality of his ancestral grace.
Than he asked me out of the blue ..when you coming next..I might be cutting myself too, just itching to do the blade matam you know..and so we conti…

A Shia Blogger Never Sleeps

A Shia Blogger Never Sleeps, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. in back clothes
he is clad
when the alams come
he will remove
his shirt
do blade matam
like his dad
the coming of age
of a hyderabadi lad
ghame hussain
an eternal moment
of pain very sad
a spiritual agony
that makes them mad
they accuse us
of blood shedding
but maintain
a eunuch silence
when suicide bombers
do deeds bad
in every
shia city
karbala baghdad
muslims love killing muslims
a sectarian launch pad
tears on the soul of
a bleeding notepad
a shia blogger
never sleeps
a poetic pause of pain
nothing more to add

dedicated to sukhi hontu my facebook friend

Resting the Alams

Resting the Alams

Shia Cemetry Hyderabad Mir Mousavi on 9 Moharam

Iqbal Bhais Humility The Gusul Khana Shia Cemetery Mir Mousavi Hyderabad

Iqbal Bhais Humility The Gusul Khana Shia Cemetery Mir Mousavi Hyderabad

Iqbal Bhais Humility The Gusul Khana Shia Cemetery Mir Mousavi Hyderabad

Iqbal Bhais Humility The Gusul Khana Shia Cemetery Mir Mousavi Hyderabad

Shia Cemetry Hyderabad Mir Mousavi on 9 Moharam

Shia Cemetry Hyderabad Mir Mousavi on 9 Moharam

Farshe Aza Pe Aana Ka Shukriya

Farshe Aza Pe Aana Ka Shukriya, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. This is Iqbal Bhai of Hyderabad I shot the picture without he being aware of it, and does one take permission before shooting such touching emotional situations, Shiasm is a faith one must also read as a poet to understand the pain of a community , that has been oppressed persecuted for showcasing the true Black Page of Islam the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain and the cruelty undergone by his entire surviving household at Sham Damascus under the accursed Umayed despot and the original butcher of Karbala before Saddam Hussain.. the father of modern terrorism..Yazid son of Mauwiyah descendant of Abu Sufiyan.


Iqbal bhai is touching the feet of those who came to the Farshe Aza to share the pain of Bibi Zainab the indomitable sister of our Imam ..she single handedly stood up against Injustice meted out to her family and racial profiling for being from the Holy Family of our revered Holy Messenger.

Reciter : Nasir…

Iqbal Bhai's House Majlis 9 Moharam Hyderabad

Iqbal Bhai's House Majlis 9 Moharam Hyderabad

The Flame of Faith

The Flame of Faith, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. I leave behind two things
The Holy Koran and Ahle Bayth
lighting your way
the flame of Faith

Touch of Faith

Touch of Faith

Touch of Faith, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 111,154 items / 717,950 views

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