"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
"Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
(Matthew 5.3-12 ESV)
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
How can a producer and director be so dumb show a man stabbing Jesus Christ and get away with it and whatever the content of their film the poster hurts us all even me as a Muslim felt hurt , there is absolutely no justification for this vile against the peace loving Christians of India and all of humanity..
he was once
a happy man
he lived life
to the full
a new journey
the only sane
Our National Motto Rob The Poor To Feed The Rich, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
life is a bitch
fuck the poor
screw the poor
political sales pitch
rob their lands
to build towers
name for death
buried in a ditch
from my prison cell
deep down under
a morgue a spiral
i shoot the world
outside of people
living in hell
the scorching heat
the fulsome fetid smell
they shit sweat
where they dwell
robbed of hope
robbed of dreams
nothing more to tell
a storm fate
unwilling to quell
empty words of poetry
dont fill their bellies
broken beaten shells
a rich mans system
they rant and rebel
cry my beloved country
scams corruption is what sells
Viola From Demark Shoots The Eid e Ghadeer Juloos Dongri, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
Viola is a very pretty young lady, she has been to India and is street savvy too, here she was very confident shooting the crowds at Eid e Ghadeer ,as she told me later this was the most disciplined crowd , well mannered , I told her the Shia community has special respect for woman specially those that come here as our guests too shoot our culture and in this case our memorable feast day called Eid e Ghadeer..
She was mesmerized by the hospitality of the elders the Shia youth and their coming to Eid e Ghadeer happened as I mentioned to them , and they said they would take this precious footage to add to the documentary they are doing as a short film on Mumbai people rituals street life ..
And ironically they contacted me through Flickr.com as they had come to shoot Laxmi Narayan Tripathi and the hijra culture, we became friends and they are regular visitors to my house as they stay in Bandra too..
They leave at the end of the month but are in two minds they want to shoot Moharam Ashura in Mumbai too..
After the shoot they came home wife served them chiken tikka hot tea and biscuits that revived them some bit..
My wife also gave Viola a Shia book on Islam..so that she knows the essence of the Shia community their beliefs faith and the power of Ghame Hussain.,
They were very fascinated with the Imambada in my house with silver alams almost 80 years old.. that my grand mother Khurshed Baji had left with a family in Lucknow to give to my wife and when my grand mother died the family could not trace us and after almost 33 years my wife got the alams all pure silver as her heirloom and heritage..
Vola and Kim Hansen are eagerly waiting for my grand child Marziya Shakir 4 year old worlds youngest street photographer who has shot almost all the celebrity photographers that have visited our house , Marziya shoots on the Nikon D80..is on Flickr Google+ and Twitter .. her Guru is Dr Glenn Losack from Manhattan New York. .. she has shot the zanjir matam last year of the Almeida Park juloos..
Marziya and her sister Nerjis Asif Shakir are in Lucknow for the Eid e Ghadeer function there ..expected in a few days.
So some happy memories of Mumbai will be part of this lovable couple from Denmark..
Eid E Ghadeer Jashn Juloos Kaisar Bagh Mumbai 2011, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
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This evening I set out barefeet with Danish documentary film maker Kim Jansen and his partner photo journalist Viola , both were keen on shooting the Shia ethos of Mumbai, that they had seen through my Flickr photo stream.
Today the special event was the Shia celebration of Eid Al Ghadeer at Kaisar Bagh Dongr and a procession there after on the streets of Bhendi Bazar..
They were very excited and I introduced them to our community leaders Mr Safdar Karmali and Mr Moib Nasser and other Shia heads and Maulanas too.
The Eid e Ghadeer juloos was peaceful nicely managed by the volunteers and the erstwhile Mumbai Police , my Danish friends were impressed by the Mumbai Police and took their footage too..
We shot the Juloos as it entered Dargah Hazrat Abbas and moved onwards towards Bhendi Bazar, my friend Farman Ali too accompanied us , Kim and Viloa are so impressed withe Shia way of life that though they are scheduled to leave by November end both are contemplating shooting Moharam Ashura too..
The Shia youth elders were very hospitable , Kim and Viola had Niyaz e Hussain and nice pani kam chai at Dongri..Viloa shot a lot , the juloos and the streets , she was enjoying being pampered by the Shia kids who she kept on shooting most of the time.
About Eid E Ghadeer
On 18th Zilhijjah of the year 10 A.H. (10 March 632 CE) ,after completing the last pilgrimage ,the Holy Prophet(pbuh) along with around 100,000 Muslims reached a place called 'Ghadir-e-khumm' near Mecca. The following verse was revealed :Quran 5:67] O Messenger! deliver what bas been revealed to you from your Lord; and if you do it not, then you have not delivered His message, and Allah will protect you from the people; surely Allah will not guide the unbelieving people.
On receiving the above verse, the Holy Prophet stopped at that very place & delivered a speech an extract of which is :-[....It seems the time has approached when I shall be called away (by Allah) and I shall answer that call. I am leaving for you two precious things and if you adhere to them both, you will never go astray after me. They are the Book of Allah and my Progeny, that is my Ahlul Bayt. The two shall never separate from each other until they come to me by the Pool (of Paradise)." Then the Holy Prophet (pbuh) in an attempt to remind Muslims of his own authority over them said: " Do I not have more right over the believers than what they have over themselves? " Muslims answered unanimously " Yes, O' Messenger of God ". This served as a stepping stone for the announcement of his heir and vicegerent. The Holy Prophet(pbuh) held out the hand of Ali(as) and said: " For whoever I am his Leader (mawla), 'Ali is his Leader (mawla)." The Holy Prophet then continued to say: " O' God, love those who love him, and be hostile to those who are hostile to him."] ..
This day is also known as 'Ahad e-Mahood' in the heavens & as 'Meethaq-e-Maakoodh' on the earth
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