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The Heritage of the East Indians of Bandra Bazar Road

The Heritage of the East Indians of Bandra Bazar Road, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. 208,442 items / 1,705,008 views

East Indians

East Indians or East Indian Catholics are a Marathi-speaking, Roman Catholic ethnic group, based in and around the city of Mumbai (formerly Bombay) in the state of Maharashtra.[2] These people are of the original Marathi ethnic group and had been evangelized by the Portuguese, while retaining much of their pre-Christian traditions.

Though it is commonly thought that the origin of Christianity in North Konkan, was due to the proselytizing activities of the Portuguese in the 16th Century, it was St. Bartholomew, one of the twelve Apostles of Christ, who preached in North Konkan. There are evidences of this by the writings of Kosmos Indicopleustes of his having seen in Kalyana a flourishing Christian Community in the 6th Century and of Jordanus, of his having labored among the Christians in Thana and Sopara in the 13th Century. The French Dom…

Eric Parker An Enchanting Street Photographer Poet

Eric Parker An Enchanting Street Photographer Poet, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. 208,442 items / 1,706,537 views

photo courtesy eric parker

We all like beauty in one form or the other and beauty is different things to different people , and my dear friend Eric Parker graphic designer from Toronto shoots wild beauty , wild beauty that aesthetically touches the core of humanity.

I met Eric several years back ,we met at Flickr and it is my bad luck I did not meet him in Mumbai he had shot Chor Bazar that was once my Friday hideout.

He became a fan of my Sufi pictures and I became a fan of his street lore , Eric is a product of Adabb and Tehzeeb and connected to a lot of old musical gharanas in Kolkatta.

Erics photostream at Flickr is more vibrant soul pulsating than mine, he shoots emotions moments that live on and on and on..he shoots various genre , being erudite , worldly and street saintly too.

Because he looks a bit like my dear fri…

Firoze Shakir -Photographerno1 Google Profile

Firoze Shakir -Photographerno1 Google Profile, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. 208,442 items / 1,706,187 views

Set not the chain of Fate upon thy foot. There is a way beyond this rolling sphere.
Allama Mohammed Iqbal

I feel the winds as they blow
the golden sunset glow
like a little paper boat
into the waters of an ocean
I flow
my destiny
not yet ready to kiss
dollar littered American shores
I am happy shooting hijra beggars
eunuch kids and hijra whores
my karma my dharma
my bare feet
my diabetic sores
my camera like vision
to a deaf and dumb god
above implores
when it rains it really pours
man two legged animal
crawling on all fours
open windows of my mind
my future stares at me a shut door
a whimper held to this leopards roar
a chant of my faith
blood sweat tears and gore

Firoze Shakir a Shia mystic..they don't make like this any more.. he walks on fire,self flagellates,cuts his forehead each Mohara…

Karbala Black Page of Islamic History

Karbala Black Page of Islamic History, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. Karbala
land of sorrow
day after
what we have
we dont need to borrow

Master Chef Renie Ranvin Wants Me To Be a Cook

Master Chef Renie Ranvin Wants Me To Be a Cook, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. 208,442 items / 1,706,109 views

a beggar poet
a blogger
the god of
the blogs
he gave
me an ultimatum
happy married life
success prosperity
you need to become
a cook the phone
went off the hook
so at home under
the watchful eyes
of wife no1
i am learning
to unblog uncook
cut the veggies
wash the dishes pans
i am playing
by the recipe book
the steaming cauldron
my perspiring poetry
the kitchen
my alcove my nook
no ulterior designs
no scissors
no measure tape
for this walking
talking stylebook
online sinker and hook
depleted dreams
delusional dilemma
dehydrated disillusioned
diehard whose
kingdom shook
my tryst with
at RK studios
my fate on a platter



As you already know your work is being exhibited at the Chelsea Art Museum during the World Photography Events in New York.

If you wish to attend or some of your friends and contacts to attend the opening party of the exhibition, please do RSVP to the event! The opening party is on the Thursday 13th of October starting at 7pm. Please see the e-fliers attached. You can forward it to all the person you wish to invite to the opening party. This is the opportunity for them to view the exhibition without paying the entry fee. Hurry up to RSVP as places are limited!

Shiasm Up Close

Shiasm Up Close, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. the blood of our forefathers
from every face flows
1400 years
our pain grows
a chapter
that shall
never ever close
blood like melting ice
our ancestry of pain shows
we bleed
to remind the world
of a spiritual terrorism
on the soul of humanity
as Moharam
the whole world knows
save those
lovers of Mauwiyah
lovers of Yazid
behind close doors
the Lion of Karbala
on the banks
of the Euphrates
lets out a roar
Hussain is Humanity
a thought implores
the standard of Hussainiyat
on all hearts soars
puritanical poison
as Yazidiyat ignores
the Beauty of Islam
Hussain restores

Shiasm Up Close
A path of Truth
that we chose
through our blood
a conspiracy of hate
expose ..
Allah Ho Akbar
scriptured silence
of all our foes
read this as a poem
or read it as prose
testament and will
of men in black clothes

The Torch Bearer of Ahle Bayt -Maulana Athar Mirza Saab

The Torch Bearer of Ahle Bayt -Maulana Athar Mirza Saab, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
For his Majlis

I shot this picture on 8th Moharam at Moghul Masjid ..Maulana Athar Saab Mirza , an eloquent speaker, a wise conversationalist and a lover of Ahle Bayt.
A modern Maulana who speaks for the Shia youth and their progress.
He speaks on Muslims womens rights and is dead againt the disease called Ignorance or Jahallat..


MOHARRAM “THE WAR AGAINST TERROR”by Jalal Kazim, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. MOHARRAM “THE WAR AGAINST TERROR”

(By- Jalal Kazim)

The 9/11 episode brings a major interest for the West to learn about Terrorism & its causes. And without going into the deep the lazy brains of most of them bring the conclusion that Islam is responsible for all this bad. And a War against Terror is announced by the Whites. I might say that it is not Islam who is responsible. They are so called Muslims who are involved in these acts. The worst who suffered from these activities is Islam itself. Islam is bleeding from 14 Centuries. Only American and Western Lives are not suffered from this but Islam and the Family of Prophet Mohammad(pbuh) itself has been targeted by these radical thoughts. The world is now talking about the War against Terror, but they never tried to know about the real War against real Terror which is been unde…

The Art of Cutting your Forehead

The Art of Cutting your Forehead, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. The dagger is held by both hands firmly, head low, the blade will pass through the cleavage of your skull as though parting the hairy waves , creating a path so to speak.
The crowd normally chants Ya Ali Ya Ali and you begin the spontaneous slow choreography , silenced emotions and no pain whatsoever..pain has fled along with its
sibling continue the strokes till you feel a cold drop of blood on the tip of your nose this is Kama Zani done poetically capturing the moments on the sand dunes of Karbala and the pain and passion of Imam Hussain..the trials tribulations , sufferings of his erstwhile family.
Normally the people surrounding you grab the dagger from your hand as in my case..
There is another band of Kama Matam or forehead cutters who hit hard on their foreheads with inhuman strength , like the members of Sadka e Sakina..
It all depends on the fervour of each individual..
This is called Gh…

Bleeding Faith of a Shia Blogger

Bleeding Faith of a Shia Blogger, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. This is Ashura.
10th day of Imam Hussain Martyrdom celebrated mournfully on the weeping streets of Mumbai.
The last few days that I was shooting Kaisar Bagh or the 9 th of Moharam Juloos I would get charged an animalistic fiery urge to grab the dagger from the guys hand whom I was shooting and cut my own head,but I kept myself in control, not allowing my Shia emotions to get the better of me as an amateur photographer who shoots nurtured cultivated Shia pain.Yes I am a Shia photo blogger when I shoot images of my faith per se.
I was shooting the Ashura Juloos of Anjumam e Hyderi and Habib Nasser had presented his friends and members of his Anjuman doing the Iraqi Dagger Matam, a slow choreography of bleeding Faith..
The guys synchronised the cutting of their heads , dressed in white aprons that represented shrouds..and this plea of human passion began at JJ Hospital junction and continued till the Rehmata…

Wa Waila Sad Wa Waila Ibn E Zehra Wa Waila

Our Blood Gives Testimony To Our Faith- In Ahle Bayt .

The Shia Blogger of Mumbai

A Pain no Pain can Replace

A Pain no Pain can Replace, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. our blood traces the persecuted history of our Shia race
every drop a bleeding script engraved on our face
ashura karbala two pillars in our hearts space
a dream a reality hussainiyat our saving grace
we have no other dreams to chase
a pain that no pain can replace
ya hussain ya hussain
our souls solace
Yazidiyat a chapter
of Yazidi disgrace
muslims love killing muslims
mesmerized misfortunes in a maze

Verdicts of Marajay on AZADARI for Imam Hussain (p)

Verdicts of Marajay on AZADARI for Imam Hussain (p), a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. Verdicts of Marajay on AZADARI for Imam Hussain (p)

by: Zaynab

Here are some of hundreds of Fatawa, or verdicts, by eminent marajay of Shiite World regarding Azadari of Chief of Martyrs:


Grand Ayatullah ash-Sheikh Muhammad Hussain an-Naa’ini

(The teacher of the Marajay of the holy city of Najaf)

“There is no doubt as to the permissibility of the beating of the chest and the face with the hands to the point of redness or blackness (of the chest or the face). This is also extended to the lashing of the shoulders and the back with chains to the extent mentioned (above), and even if this led to bleeding. As for causing the bleeding of the head by sword beating, this is also allowed prov…


SHIA SUNNI UNITY: SHIA SUNNI DIFFERENCES, SHIA SUNNI CONFLICT, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.

The centuries old Shia Sunni differences are the major obstacle to Muslim unity (Shia Sunni unity). The enemies of Islam to their benefit have always fanned these differences. Unfortunately, some so-called Muslim scholars on their payroll have also played a key role in keeping these differences alive.

Although I was born into a Sayyid Sunni family, I did not know of many differences while growing up as a child. Our families always respected Imam Hussain (peace be upon him) and his parents and participated in ceremonies marking the anniversary of his martyrdom (the 10th day of the month of Muharram which is called Ashura) by reciting the first chapter of the Holy Qur'an (al-Fatihah) and other chapters and verses of the Holy Quran and fasted on the ninth and tenth days of that month.

Now when I give lectures on Islam to non-Muslims…

Shias Shiasm Shiite Ashura 2

Shias Shiasm Shiite Ashura 2, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. The Martyrdom of Imam Hussain (A.S.) by Syed Hasan Akhtar, M. D. Austin, Texas Member, Islamic Research Foundation International, Inc. 7102 W. Shefford Lane Louisville, KY 40242 E-Mail: Website:

The month of Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar year. An important and tragic event took place on the tenth of Muharram that shook the Muslim world. It was the murder of Imam Husain (A.S.), his family members, and his close friends by the army of Yazid. Yazid was at that time the despotic ruler of the Muslim world, who came to power as the self-proclaimed “sixth caliph of Islam” after the death of his father, Mu’awiya. Yazid gave himself the title of ameer-ul-mu’mineen, meaning “commander of the faithful.” Husain was one of the two grandsons of the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.A.W.), and the younger of the two sons of Hazrat Fatima (A.S.), the daughter of the Holy Prop…

Shias Shiasm Shiite Ashura

Shias Shiasm Shiite Ashura, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. These are Shias followers of the Shiasm faith, a Muslim sect that mourns for the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the beloved grandson of the Holy Prophet. Says com complete article on

What is Ashura ? In the month of Muharram 61 AH (approx. 20 October 680 AD), an event took place in Iraq at a place known as Kerbala on the bank of the river Euphrates. It seemed in those days insignificant from the historical point of view. A large army which had been mobilised by the Umayyad regime besieged a group of persons numbering less than a hundred and put them under pressure to pay allegiance to the Caliph of the time and submit to his authority. The small group resisted and a severe battle took place in which they were all martyred. It appeared at that time that like hundreds of similar events, this battle would be recorded in history and forgotten in time. However…

SHIITES AND SHIAISM, Shi'aism, Shia, Shias, Shî'ah, sheee, shi ...

SHIITES AND SHIAISM, Shi'aism, Shia, Shias, Shî'ah, sheee, shi ..., a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. The Origins of the Sunni/Shia split in Islam
by Hussein Abdulwaheed Amin, Editor of

The Shia shahadah (declaration of faith) states:

"There is no god but Alláh, Muhammad is the Messenger of Alláh, Alí is the Friend of Alláh. The Successor of the Messenger of Alláh And his first Caliph."

If you are already familiar with standard Sunni beliefs, you will immediately notice the addition to the shahadah regarding Imam Ali (ra), cousin of the Prophet (pbuh), husband of his daughter Fatima, father of Hassan and Hussein and the second person ever to embrace Islam. The term Shia or Shi'ite derives from a shortening of Shiat Ali or partisans of Ali.

Ali is the central figure at the origin of the Shia / Sunni split which occurred in the decades immediately following the death of the Prophet in 632. Sunnis regard Ali as the fo…