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Amin Baba Malang Vijapur Mehsana And Me At Makanpur

Dam Madar Malangs At Makanpur

Indians Are Born Businessmen

Whatever His Age The Muslim Man Of North India Does Not Hesitate From Working

The Indian Medicine Man ,,From A Weakling Can Make You A Superman

Syed Masoomi Ali Baba Madari Asqan And Gaddi Nashin Razzak Baba

Dam Madar Malangs At Makanpur

Dam Madar Beda Par ..Ankhon Ki Roshni Dilon Ka Karar ..Besabri Se Hai Zinda Shah Madar Ke Urus Ka Intezar

Dam Madar Beda Par ,,, Holy Shrine Of Zinda Madar Shah Makanpur

Dam Madar Beda Par ,,, Holy Shrine Of Zinda Madar Shah Makanpur, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.

The Madariyya are members of a Sufi order (tariqa) popular in North India, especially in Uttar Pradesh, the Mewat region, Bihar and Bengal, as well as in Nepal and Bangladesh. Known for its syncretic aspects, lack of emphasis on external religious practice and focus on internal dhikr, it was initiated by the Sufi saint 'Sayed Badiuddin Zinda Shah Madar' (d. 1434 CE), called "Qutb-ul-Madar", and is centered around his shrine (dargah) at Makanpur, Kanpur district, Uttar Pradesh.
Originating from the Tayfuriya order, as his Pir, spiritual teacher was Bayazid Tayfur al-Bistami, Madariya reached its zenith in the late Mughal period between 15th to 17th century, and gave rise to several new orders as Madar's disciples spread through the Northern plains of India, into Bengal. As with most Sufi orders, its name Madariya too has been created by adding a Nisba…

Jab Bura Waqt Hai Sar Pe Sawar

Jab Bura Waqt Hai Sar Pe Sawar, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
maine gid gidake pukara
dam madar beda par
dam madar beda par
aur chand lamhon main
buri ghadi ho gayi farar
mili chain sukun aur pyar
dam madar beda par
dam madar beda par
jab beech samandar
main aya tufan meri
kashti ko tune lagaya par
sirf tera nam lete he
tufan sar jhukaye mani har
dam madar beda par
dam madar beda par

God Save The Children Of India From Deathly Midday Meals

God Save The Children Of India From Deathly Midday Meals, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
political lethargy
disinterested deals
corruption that kills
along with negligence
reveals ..a mothers
pain that will never heal
a father carrying
the dead body of
his only child ..poisoned
by insecticides served
as goatmeal.. the absence
of his laughter the void
..surreal
had they only known
it was not  the bad
wolf but time their
children come steal
as the spokes bleed
a childs head stuck
under the tires of
a cosmic wheel
its only when you
lose your own child
you will know what
it feels ,,god forbid
such a ghastly
painful ordeal

Syed Masoom Ali Baba Pride Of The Asqan Malangs At Makanpur

The Asqan Malangs At The Holy Shrine Of Zinda Shah Madar Makanpur

The Asqan Malangs At The Holy Shrine Of Zinda Shah Madar Makanpur, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
Trying to get inside the Holy Shrine on the Urus day 30 March 2013 was next to impossible , it is a closeted space totally overcrowded with the Malangs and their followers and the respected Khadims of the Holy Shrine .

I was lucky I was in company of a Dam Madar Malang he protected me , saw that nobody tried to get close to me or my camera , thanks to Syed Rafiq Baba who had asked this Malang to be my shadow .

This was one time Marc Malang could not make it he was unwell , in his room , I was tired , unwell too , but I had decided to shoot the opening of the Dam Madar turbaned hair , once a year happening, the Malangs have dread locks that they dont open in public and dont wash it too..

It is after the rituals end at the Shrine do the Malangs come out open their turbans holding their 20 feet locks they dance the Sufi way know as the Kaif.

Mehboob Ali Bawa Of Panipat At Zinda Madar Shah Makanpur

Mehboob Ali Bawa Of Panipat At Zinda Madar Shah Makanpur, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
Despite the distance , the hardships , crowds , using open farms as toilet , as the toilet where I stayed was always packed and a long queue ,I would go back to Makanpur to capture the World of Dam Madar Malangs .

This first journey all alone without proper guidance was very tough , from Kanpur station , to a rickshah stand than to Bhillaur and further on to Makanpur is unforgettable and than the return journey from Makanpur to Bhilaur and a bus directly to Kanpur , from Kanpur a direct bus to Lucknow where I was to catch the train for Mumbai.

Makanpur Urus of the Dam Madar Malangs is colorful, and you meet some of the greatest Rafaees Malangs affiliated to the Order of Zinda Shah Madar.

There are no hotels , at all but lodges or private homes where rooms are given on rent..and it is totally farmlands pastoral bucolic background ,,

We Marc Malang and I stayed in a room with 10 oth…

The Bhais Of Bandra

Last Ek Price Bolta Hun..Rs 150..Lo Ya Bhul Jao

The Iftar Time Mad Rush Bandra SV Road ... Shot From The Skywalk

The Gemstone Bawa Of Bandra Station Road .. Ramzan Time

Nerjis Asif Shakir ..Began Her Tryst Shooting Beggars When She Was A Year Old .. Without Using A Camera

Endure Be Secure ...Hope The Only Cure

What Makes A Beggar Tick?

What Makes A Beggar Tick?, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
no not a carrot
before the stick
too many carrots
would make him
sick..hope aligned
to a crumbling brick
begging to make ends
meet his cosmic fate
he could not choose
or pick..life drastic
the silhouette of
despair within a click
his beggars bowl
his only sidekick

Ramzan Ata Hai Rahat Dilata Hai ,, Ek Mahine Ke Bad Chala Jata Hai ..

The Muslim Poor Seek Charity During Ramzan Time ..

Ramzan In Bohri Mohalla Wont Be Like This Once It Becomes Bohra Boulevard ..

Hope And The Muslim Kids - Spirit Of Innocence Spirit Of Ramzan..

Watermelons Papaya And Pineapple are Must For Breaking The Ramzan Fast

Ramzan Keeps The Slum Workers Occupied ..

Ramzan Keeps The Slum Workers Occupied .., a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
Making samosas in the slums , once prepared fried it will be sold on carts and restaurants ..