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Dargah of Hazrat Waris Ali Shah, Dewa Sharif, Barabanki

Dargah of Hazrat Waris Ali Shah, Dewa Sharif, Barabanki

The Dam Madar Malang and The Bawa In Chains Waris Pak

The Bawa In Chains Waris Pak

The Bawa In Chains Waris Pak

Documenting Ya Waris Pak Dewa Sharif

Warsi Malangs of Dewa Sharif

Warsi Malangs of Dewa Sharif

Warsi Malangs of Dewa Sharif

Warsi Malangs of Dewa Sharif

Dargah of Hazrat Waris Ali Shah, Dewa Sharif, Barabanki

Forget The Borders Of India .. We As The People Cannot Save Our Girl Child..

Warsi Malangs of Dewa Sharif

Ya Hussain Ya Hussain - The Heritage Of Dewa Sharif

Ya Hussain Ya Hussain - The Heritage Of Dewa Sharif, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
I had come back from a strenuous spiritual trip from the Urus of Zinda Shah Madar Makanpur , travelling by bus from Bhillaur to Kanpur by bus and again by bus non stop to Lucknow to catch a train for Mumbai , I thought I would stop over at my inlaws house in Lucknow Nakhas ..

But I had a dream and the next thing I know I was headed to Barabanki , to visit the Holy Shrine of Dewa Sharif,, The Holy Saint was a Maulaiee a great lover of Imam Hussain , it is said during the majlis he would cry profusely for Hussain that his entire body would be wet .. such was the intensity of his devotion and by the side of His Holy Shrine is the Imambada in memory of Karbala And Imam Hussain..

Etched on it are the Words

Shah ast Hussain, Badshah ast Hussain
Deen ast Hussain, Deen Panah ast Hussain
Sardad na dad dast, dar dast-e-yazeed,
Haqaa key binaey La ila ast Hussain

Translated by Mr. Raza Rumi

Ruler is…

There Is a World Of A Difference Between What I See - What You See

There Is a World Of A Difference Between What I See - What You See, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.

You see beauty
hidden behind leaves
but a love of Hussein
of the soul of a Holy
Saint of Dewa Sharif
I perceive ..Karbala
Tears on Humanity
threaded weaves
a pain that pulls
my soul and heaves
clinging to the greatest
sacrifice in Islam.. no
mightier warrior than
Hussein who gave his life
for his belief ..he lives
while nothing remains
of Ozymandias yazid;;
a graphic image or is
it just a poets dream..
or just a motif...
reflecting sorrow as
tears in a hand kerchief

Warsi Malangs of Dewa Sharif

Dargah of Hazrat Waris Ali Shah, Dewa Sharif, Barabanki

Documenting the Warsi Malangs and Dewa Sharif

Devotees of Ya Waris Haq

Warsi Malangs of Dewa Sharif

Warsi Malangs of Dewa Sharif

Ya Waris Piya

Ya Waris Piya, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. www.freewebs.com/warispak/

In the first quarter of 19th century when the Moghul Empire in India was on its last leg and sectarian frenzy was being spurred up to establish British Rule in the country, a child was born in the quite little town of Dewa in this district, who was destined to influence the lives of a vast majority of people by radiating divine love for humanity with the centripetal brilliance of his soul to guide them on the path of righteousness and piety.

Sarkar Waris Ali Shah of Dewa came of a family of Hussaini Syeds distinguished for piety and learning. His genealogy shows that he was born in the 26th generation of Hazrat Imam Hussain. The date of his birth is disputed varying from 1233 A.H. to 1238 A.H. The author of Maarif Warisya has put the date of his birth as 1234 A.H. corresponding to 1809 of the Christian era. His father, Syed Qurban Ali Shah belonged to a land-lord class and was a man of consider…

Dargah of Hazrat Waris Ali Shah, Dewa Sharif, Barabanki

Dargah of Hazrat Waris Ali Shah, Dewa Sharif, Barabanki

Purity Is The Essence Of Islam...Mind Body And Thought

The Poor Of Uttar Pradesh Live On Borrowed Dreams ,,,

The Poor Of Uttar Pradesh Live On Borrowed Dreams ,,,

The Poor Of Uttar Pradesh Live On Borrowed Dreams ,,,

Ya Waris Allah Waris Haq Waris Allah Waris

The Man From Uttar Pradesh Rode A Royal Elephant When It Went Berserk He Opted For The Cycle..

The Man From Uttar Pradesh Rode A Royal Elephant When It Went Berserk He Opted For The Cycle.., a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr. when the cycle
breaks down
which it will
sooner or later
than he will
hitch a ride
on the elephant
now gone calm
worldly wise
he does not
trust the hand
or the lotus
a loaded dice
political chessboard
demands too much
sacrifice ..who
will bell the cat
says the wary mice
blind man led by
blind hopes blind
dreams ..promise
of eyes ...socketless
he remains as time
flies ...before he dies

Dargah of Hazrat Waris Ali Shah, Dewa Sharif, Barabanki

He Pierced The Poetry In My Soul.. And I Captured His Angst Forever

This Is World Is A Gilded Cage .. Man The Nightingale Of Sorrow

The Waris Malang of Dewa Sharif

We Are Both Malangs ..Do Roop Ek Rang

Waris Malangs of Dewa Sharif

He Tries To Sell Everything Under The Sun At Dewa Sharif..

Have You Ever Thought About What The Beggar Would Do With The Few Coins You Give

Have You Ever Thought About What The Beggar Would Do With The Few Coins You Give, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.

he would
have to travel
all the way to
kashmir for
one rupee meal
or trek to delhi
jama masjid area
for a 5 rupeee meal
or take a train to
mumbai close
to mr raj babbars
house for a 12
rupee meal
or he would
have to beg borrow
steal ..his fucked
fate sealed .
for politicians
on full stomach
it is just being
funny zestful
their words
dont heal

they dont feel
what a beggar feels
who really cares for
beggars .. not mr
ahluwalia with his
economic zeal

an empty paper plate
costs more than rs 5
a thought reveals

going round and round
the cosmic wheel for
an imaginary meal

The Beggars Of Dewa Sharif

A picture I tried to tweak.. so that it could speak

A picture I tried to tweak.. so that it could speak, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.

his flesh
was dying
his spirit
was weak
on the road
to purgatory
a human freak
once he was
young robust
at his peak
than came
the fall
deprivation
doom..fate
gave him
a hard
slap on his
cheek..
his lot
arrogance
his lost
world
now lonely
alone
totally
meek

dekho zalimon
gira main asman
se zameen par
mangta hoon bheek
gandu ab bhi waqt
hai mujhse ek
sabak seek
sab yahin reh
jayega ..thuk
ka thuk
peek ka peek

They Come To Dewa Sharif To Be Healed

They Come To Dewa Sharif To Be Healed, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.

for 3 days
they get a
free room
free meals
a pact of
hospitality
humbly
sealed
ya waris
pak truly
revealed .

The Crying Beggar of Dewa Sharif

The Crying Beggar of Dewa Sharif, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.

on the cobbled
street of remorse
like a fallen leaf
i dare not ask her
what was her grief
robbing her of
her soul i felt
like a thief..
no reprieve
her cosmic fate
holding on to her
belief.. finally
i gave her
some money
along with
my kerchief