Saturday, February 6, 2010

Chehlum in Mumbai 2010

I start a new series at my Flickr photo stream pictures shot yesterday at Moghul Masjid and than the Chehlum juloos that moves from Imamwada lane to end at Rehmatabad Shia cemetery.

On the way was the Iraqi Kama Matam of Mumbai and zanjir matam, first aid centers and Niyaz e Hussain for the mourners.

I shot all this in a few hours on 7GB card.

I dedicate this series to the Shias that died in Karachi during a Chehlum procession , may the dead rest in peace may the injured recover..and yes I reiterate Muslims love killing Muslims and this is the inheritance of Hate bequeathed by Yazid to his followers who hate Hussain and Humanity.

I sometimes wonder and am confused that God must be having a tough time distributing virgins to the jehaddis..the demand exceeds the supply... and this is nothing but misplaced martyrdom of the worst kind and as usual in Islamic society a eunuch silence prevails as it prevailed during the genocide in Karbala a heritage of gross Arab barbarism..

Habib Nasser Shia Photographer

All my pictures of my kama matam in this series were shot by Habib Nasser.

Mumbai Police and Me Chehlum Mumbai 2010

My Kama Matam Chehlum Mumbai 2010

My Kama Matam Chehlum Mumbai 2010

My Kama Matam Chehlum Mumbai 2010

Sada Rahega Hussain Ka Gham.

My Kama Matam Chehlum Mumbai 2010

Blood Sweat and Tears

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heads hung on spears
our protest 1400 years
unforgotten pledge
a razors edge
blood sweat and tears
read the history
of our race
beneath the veneer
hussain is humanity
our chant
that falls on deaf ears
every land is karbala
every day is ashura
as our time nears
we wait
when the chosen
one appears

on the soul of shimr
dance of death no fear
blood as ash
on my head
Ya Hussain
I smear

My Kama Matam Chehlum Mumbai 2010

My Kama Matam Chehlum Mumbai 2010

Snatching the Dagger

Tandav on The Soul of Shimr Dance of Death

My Kama Matam Chehlum Mumbai 2010

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All the pictures in this set were shot today on my camera by Habib Nasser , the founder of the Iraqi Kama Matam in Mumbai .

I had come to document the Chehlum events at Moghul Masjid and the juloos started from Imamwada lane close to JJ Hospital.

I did my kama matam near Noor Baugh..Tandav on the Soul of Shimr.. This time I leapt into the air and cut my head fiercely..I bled a lot , and later got myself first aid just a wash with water and bandage .

Once the Juloos reached Rehmatabad Shia cemetery ,and once the matam began I removed the bandage and cut myself up again with my camera dangling round my white coffin cloth that I wore was totally bloodied ..once the hardcore matam ended with Habib cutting his back with a sword I walked to a first aid center organized by the Prince Ali Khan Hospital and got myself bandaged again only water ..I threw away the coffin cloth as I did not want to shock my two year old grand daughter Marziya..

On reaching home ans seeing my bandaged head, she kept inquiring what had happened and I took a picture with her holding my kama..on her head..picture was taken by her dad Asif..

I have one regret most of my Rehmatabad cemetery pictures are washed out as blood entered my camera through the viewfinder and my lens too were soaked in blood..

And I shall now keep all my other stuff on hold .

This is a 7 GB card shot in a few hours.