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Bandra East Syed e Sajjad Juloos 2009

Bandra East Syed e Sajjad Juloos 2009, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. I am a hardcore fan of Maulana Hasnain Karari , and it has been several years since I have been shooting him at this very venue ,however I have just started speaking to him from the time he began reciting majlis at my house, Maulana Hasnain Karari is a powerful convincing orator..he is also my familys spiritual guide , a fact I never knew but my wife seeks his advice on certain issues of marriage and other matters time and again.

We were keen on his auspicious presence at Saifs wedding but he was in UK those days.Saif is my young son who got married last year.

And than Maulana Hasnain Karari is my very dear friend Razi Rizvi Saabs brother in law too..all those who came to my House Majlis were impressed with his sermon on Heaven and the powerful presence of a Heaven beneath the feet of a Mother.

I have tried not to miss the Bandra East Juloos all these years, and there are friends who mean a lot…

Bandra East Syed e Sajjad Juloos 2009

Bandra East Syed e Sajjad Juloos 2009, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 112,314 items / 723,768 views

The Bandra East area where this event takes place was totally jam packed .. women children families sit on the streets, as soon as the majlis gets over , the alams , the taboot and the zuljana come into the front and hardcore sword matam kama matam and zanjir mataam takes place.

My wife and Marziya left the juloos before all this could start.. I caught up with them at home..

Juloos Syed e Sajjad - Bandra East 2009

Juloos Syed e Sajjad - Bandra East 2009, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 112,312 items / 723,748 views

I start a new series at Flickr - the Bandra East Juloos known as Syed e Sajjad Juloos that is an important event in the ives of the Shias of this area , the Shia influence and population is miniscule in this commercial cosmopolitan hub.

But the juloos has been kept alive since almost 20 years, and this has nothing to do with religious sectarian politics, this juloos is about sacrifice of Imam Hussain and his family and a message of peace, Shiasm is nothing but a protest against spiritual terrorism , hegemony of hate and oppression against Humanity.

Maulana Hasnain Karari who translates our side of the Battle of Karbala talks of mutual coexistence , brotherhood among all Muslim factions including Hindus and other communities.So I tell most of my Shia friends in town , this is one place they must gather to propagate this message of Peace.

And I will digress , with a ve…

How Pictures Touch Us All ...

How Pictures Touch Us All ..., originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 112,312 items / 723,724 views

This is Marziya in the last picture of the series and she is asking God with her mimd and soul almost all the things her grand mother might have asked and this is Marziyas mind a little board on the doorway says Access Denied..Somethings are only shared by God and Marziya and Marziya and God, third party Facebook applications are not required on Marziyas minds home page so to speak , tongue and cheek.

I received a message from a dear friend that touched me deeply I share it with all of you..

Dear Firoze,
How grateful I am for your facebook friendship. Your images have helped me understand haunting memories from my first trip to India in 1970-71. While wandering the streets of Bombay (in the vicinity of Chor Bazzar), I witnessed a procession of Devotional Pain without knowing for whose sake and for what reason these men were beating themselves bloody. Your text and pictures h…

Marziya and God Face To Face

Marziya and God Face To Face, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. head bowed
she reaches
the doors
of his holy place
marziya and god
face to face
as he showers
his bounty
on the soul
of divinity
the human race
a spiritual
frozen moment
in embrace
invoking
the maker
through his
grace
beyond
the call of
the muezzin
the heart
is a mosque
Allah be praised
a mosque
that with
hate
with sectarian violence
misplaced martyrdom
bloodshed we have
disgraced defaced