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I fear God and next to God I mostly fear them that fear him not. Saadi Shirazi

The great religions are the ships, Poets the life boats. Every sane person I know has jumped overboard. Hafiz

This place where you are right now, God circled on a map for you. Hafiz

Ek Shahensha Ne Banake Yeh Acche Dinon Ka Mahal Ham Garibon Ki Muflisi Ka Udaya Hai Mazak

Whats The Use Of Being A Hindu Or A Muslim.. If You Cant Think Like An Indian

You Talked So Much About Amir Khan Tolerance Intolerance ,,, The Poor Man Of India Has Nothing To Talk About

on the streets dreaming of good days 
that is what politics is all about masterful 
oratory as he gestures shouts on twitter 
facebook a few words from an actor a
hateful spiteful wrestling bout ,,the bhakts
impassioned ready to kill throw him out
tell me is this is what India is all about ,,
instead of peace hope harmony it is hate
that sprouts ,,god save us from foul mouthed
evil spewing BJP motormouths ,,,this is
surely not what BJP is all about ,,,today
you are in because of a modi wave tomorrow
you may be out ,,hindustan is not just hindutva
within or without ,,,it is devo atithi bhava ,'humanity
humility hospitality ,,,living in mutual coexistence
without fear without threats without any doubt

Shias and Sunnis live peacefully in India, so why don't the Arab countries learn from it?

In a country like India where the majority is Hindu
the Muslims be it Sunnis or Shias live peacefully .
one sect another sect does not bash or bully ,,
the spirit of India is what makes Islam in India .
propound itself beautifully ,,barring a few stray
incidents in a few cities Muslims live happily ,,
Muslims dont kill Muslims in India ,,is a thought
that other Muslim countries must understand see
We In India Muslims practice our Faith freely..
The most tolerant country is India ..to be born in
India  is Gods Gift to man Bohras Agha Khanis Sufis
Sunnis Shias different branches but one family tree

Masoom Ali Baba Qalandari Silsila Panipat

Qalandar (Persian origin, also written as Qalander) is a title given to sufi holy men especially in South Asia. Some famous Sufis with the title Qalandar include Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalander and Bu Ali Shah Qalandar. The Qalandariyah also refer to the name of a sect of roaming Sufi dervishes. The Qalandariyah, Qalandaris or "kalandars" are wandering solitary Sufi dervishes. The term covers a variety of sects, not centrally organized. One was founded by Qalandar Yusuf al-Andalusi of Andalusia, Spain. Some kalandars practiced asceticism and often used hashish, alcohol, and other intoxicants. Starting in the early 12th century, the movement gained popularity in Greater Khorasan and neighbouring regions. The first references are found in 11th century prose text Qalandarname (The Tale of the Kalandar) attributed to Ansarī Harawī. The term Qalandariyyat (the Qalandar condition) appears to be first applied by Sanai Ghaznavi (d 1131) in seminal poetic works where diverse practices a…

Masoom Ali Baba - Qalandari Silsila Panipat

The Qalandariyyah (Arabic: قلندرية, Hindi: क़लन्दरिय्या, Bengali: ক়লন্দরিয়্য়া), Qalandaris or Kalandars are wandering Sufi dervishes. The term covers a variety of sects, not centrally organized. One was founded by Qalandar Yusuf al-Andalusi of Andalusia, Spain. Starting in the early 12th century, the movement gained popularity in Greater Khorasan and neighbouring regions, including the South Asia.[1] The first references are found in the 11th-century prose text Qalandarname (The Tale of the Kalandar) attributed to Ansarī Harawī. The term Qalandariyyat (the Qalandar condition) appears to be first applied by Sanai Ghaznavi (died 1131) in seminal poetic works where diverse practices are described. Particular to the qalandar genre of poetry are terms that refer to gambling, games, intoxicants and Nazar ila'l-murd - themes commonly referred to as kufriyyat or kharabat. The genre was further developed by poets such as Fakhr al-din Iraqi and Farid al-din Attar. The Qalandariya may ha…

Yes India Is Tolerant ..

yes if we dont like what an
actor says we kill his inner
spirit with malicious poisonous
words on Facebook Twitter we
dont need guns ..paid media
instigates distorts destroys ..
safe from its corner enjoys
the fun..if amir kan had not
said what he said or if another
actor had said it after his ass
they would not run.. so india
is tolerant we give respect to
the needy the disabled crippled
beggars hijras others our country
a generous host a cauldron...
there is a lot that needs to be done
instead of battering a mans freedom
of speech..lets learn to be human

Teaching A Malang Photography On Canon 60 D

Amin Malang belongs to the Sufi order of  Madarriya , he is one of the most daring malangs..he defended the Shrine of Sultan Shah Baba that he takes care of at Vijapur Takia Mehsana district...and he did not allow the tomb to be desecrated , and narrated the memories of the Gujrat riots 2002 ,,

And we met at Makanpur 2013 Urus of Zinda Shah Madar , he is building a huge mosque at Vijapur Takia and in this town the Hindus and the Muslims live like brothers and all participate in the urus of the towns Holy Saint ,,he invited me to Vijapur for the Urus  saying that all the malangs would be coming from all over India including Syed Masoomi baba , and Syed Rafiq baba but none turned up so I left Vijapur disappointed as I am documenting the Dam Madar Malangs , however I took a bus and traveled to Unjha and shot the Holy Shrine of Mira Datar..the largest Sufi mental hospital for holistically curing insane made people , possessed people ,

Teaching Amin Baba photography was childs play.. he s…

“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” ― Rumi

Syed Masoomi Baba Aqsan is head of the Dam Madar Malangs a senior monk highly respected revered for his humility ,he is also a holistic healer and an exorcist,..

I have know Syed Masoomi Baba and Syed Rafiq Baba his  main Murid right hand since 2005 ,, I documented their Madarriya order along with the Rifai Silsila ,,

But call it divine interpretation I became a Malang too in 2011 along with a Belgian friend ,, and the Malangs come in great numbers to the Urus of Khwajah Garib Nawaz,, The Greatest Sufi Saint of the Chishtiya Order in India ,,though the Malangs dont miss the Urus of their own patron saint Zinda Shah Madar at Makanpur UP.

Sadly this Holy Shrine close to Kannauj the constituency of Mrs Dimple Akhilesh Yadav .. has no infrastructure , no hotels no toliets , no ladies toilets , gents ladies children defecate in the fields ,,and Zinda Shah Madar is a great Sufi Malang pilgrim center , but it saddened me , bad roads , bad transport and the sufferings of the North Indian pil…

A Seven Year Old Marziya Shakir Shoots The Magic Of India At Mahim

“You wander from room to room
Hunting for the diamond necklace
That is already around your neck!”
― Rumi


A Sufi Malang grandfather ,and a Naga Sadhu from Haji Malang.. perhaps this was the fist time in her life she was a bit scared shooting the Naga Sadhu ,but I told her it was ok, he was my very good friend , I met him smoking the chillum on the foothills of the Malangad mountains when I visited the Haji Malang Shrine during the Urus ,, and than recently we meet at Trimbakeshwar Nasik Kumbh . they are all devotees chelas of a Naga Sadhu who stands on one leg raising his arm..

But I could not spend time with him I was busy getting clearance for the Shahi Snan from the cops for my Naga Gurus cavalcade the following day ...with one of his disciples a local from Trimbakeshwar ..actually a farmer who does odd jobs for my Guru..

Marziya will remember this encounter later in life .. the magic of the humility of India ,,a tolerant Sadhu samaj a tolerant Sufi mindset beyond sectarian politic…

itnaa hai bad_naseeb "Zafar" dafn key liye do gaz zamin bhi na mili kuu-e-yaar mein

Lagtaa nahin hai dil meraa ujday dayaar mein
kis ki bani hai aalam-e-naa_paayedaar mein kah do in hasraton se kahin aur jaa basein
itani jagah kahaan hai dil-e-daagdaar mein umr-e-daraaz maang kar laaye they chaar din
do arzoo mein kaT gaye do intezaar mein kitnaa hai bad_naseeb "Zafar" dafn key liye
do gaz zamin bhi na mili kuu-e-yaar mein

My Thoughts Posted At Facebook

I am a 63 year old man past my prime ,, if I get a friend request from GSB community I add them without seeing their profile ,,if I get a friend request otherwise I see if we have common friends I add them.. If the person is not known to me I send him her a message that I dont know them mostly when they have no profile picture or bio details ,, I would lik people to add me for my photography not for my religion or because I shoot their religion.. I have no time to chat with people ,,unless it is an urgent matter of life and death..
I answer messages I delete block people if they ridicule what I shoot ,, I dont post stupid links , I have my own stuff ,, of my backyard .. be it beggars or garbage or the religious season event in Mumbai.. also dont judge me by what I shoot .,. dont tag me in your fucked political party pictures I am not a Congi or a Bhakt .. nor do I belong to any Muslim party or RSS ,,
I am not a fan of any actor I dont watch TV ..I stopped watching films almost 17 yea…

Guru Nanak Gurupurab Afzalgunj Hyderabad

Nanak Nich kahe vichaar,
Waria na jaava ek waar,
Jo tud bhave sai bhali kaar,
Tu sada salamat nirankaar


Kissi Ne Pucha Tera Gharbaar Kitna Hai
Kissi Ne Pucha Tera Karobaar Kitna Hai
Kssi Ne Pucha Tera Parivaar Kitna Hai
Koi Virla Hi Puch Da Hai,
Tera Guru Naal Pyaar Kitna Hai…


Guru Nanak Gurpurab also known as Guru Nanak's Prakash Utsav and Guru Nanak Jayanti, celebrates the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak.[2] This is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism.[3] Apart from Sikhs, Hindus and other followers of Guru Nanak's philosophy also celebrate this festival.
The festivities in the Sikh religion revolve around the anniversaries of the 10 Sikh Gurus. These Gurus were responsible for shaping the beliefs of the Sikhs. Their birthdays, known as Gurpurab (or Gurpurb), are occasions for celebration and prayer among the Sikhs.
Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, was born on April 15, 1469[2] in Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi in the present Shekhupura District of Pakistan, now N…

A Grandfather Speaks Out

When I married on 26 November 77 I did not change much I drank I went on destroying myself when I became a father in 1979 nothing changed much two more kids and my life was as meaningless self destructive as ever but the birth of my first granddaughter 24 Nov changed me I gave up booze completely never touched a drop stopped smoking and my life centered around Marziya she was my penance I took care of her and tried to wash my sins of neglecting all my three kids when they needed me more I could not get out of the bottle .Nerjis came soon after and she brightened my life as a Malang than Zinnia my son Saifs daughter the prettiest doll in our house .So grandfather was a gift of a kind understanding forgiving God and now I know I can die peacefully .
Had my grandmother Nazmi Begum widow of Daroga Nabban Sab descendant of Mir Anis decided to leave India with her step sons and family to take the train to Pakistan we would have died a Million deaths just by the thought of it .
She stayed b…

The Ex Drug Addict ,,My Tryst With Drugs ,,

I only know one thing I gave up drugs a few months after my marriage in 1977 but sadly could not give up booze it took me many years ,,and I have been both out of booze and drugs since many years now.

I started smoking reefers and chillum with  Keith Kanga Atomic Forest .. when I stayed with Keith before my SSC exams ,, and it became strong once I entered college ,we mostly smoked in the corridors of the archives at Elphinstone College ,, we were born dreamers , our adda for getting hash was behind Rhythm House , close to my friends South Indian restaurant ,..and it was at this time I met some more hardcore friends and the smoking became heavy buying stuff from behind Taj ..sometimes the garden near Liberty cinema ,,, and my friends brother in law was a Kashmiri don at Shuklaji street , he had a rummy club .. they smoked chandul I smoked the chillum , 14 balls with my other friends ,, there were times after a smoke we added sugar to country liquor and jumped into the sea at Gateway c…

Only from the heart can you touch the sky. ~Rumi

Do not grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form. ~Rumi

The wound is the place where the Light enters you. ~Rumi

There is a fountain inside you. Don’t walk around with an empty bucket. ~Rumi

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. ~Rumi

The Ear Cleaners Of Bandra Talao ,

In The Beginning Was The Camera

In 2010 I gave my granddaughter Marziya Shakir a platform on Flickr , including her sister Nerjis though it was impossible to handle 3 accounts .. I gave them both Twitter handles Facebook accounts both deactivated , and their blog platforms on Blogspot .
I documented the life story of all my granddaughters birth and shot their nuances their growth..more of Marziya and Nerjis as I had groomed them both as young street photographers .
Nerjis enjoys chatting with beggars , she advises them to wear clean clothes and they love her chatter and she is 4 she will tell her mom or my wife to give them money ,, she loves the Muslim beggar ladies kids and this time told her mom to give away all her old clothes old toys to them.. so teaching these two kids photography has been a positive change to their lives .. I showed them the Bandra slums ,, took them to tution classes in the slums ,,so they could see life.
Photography did not give me a commercial foothold I never had a desire nor inclinatio…

It Is Beggars And More Beggars That We Prolifically Make In India

Wherever you go in Mumbai.. you cant escape them.. and they come in hordes to beg to re start a new life away from their farmlands their shanties , and Mumbai is a poor dreamers Paradise ,,

And I shoot beggars ,, but I must reiterate though I shoot beggars I document Muslim beggars more poetically being a Muslim myself ,, calling myself Muslim is not an easy one being a Shia Muslim.. a part of the radicalized Muslim world calls us Rafidis Heretics ,, so be it .. I got Hussain and Humanity asymmetrically through my so called heresy.

This beggar father and child doped with a cough mixture I shot at Lalbagh during the Hindu feast of Ganesh Chaturthi at Lalbagh Chya Raja the great icon of secular Mumbai..

And like him on this road leading to Parel Station were mothers with their kids all doped crying out for money help..

During the Urus of Makhdhoom Shah Baba Mahim in the dargah lane you will find a lot of beggars , beggars from Kashmir too, women with hardy husbands and chubby cute kids…

Happy Toilet Day In India is a Million Light Years Away

A toilet in the slums is totally in the dumps no water to Absolve the guilt of the Indian bum .To shit or not to shit totally stumped.Politically Socially he gets humped a huge chunk of remorse a lump shitting on the tracks as the train comes he jumps.Fuck Donald Trump.

If The Mumbai Police Saw The World Through The Camera They Would See What I See

In Mumbai it is selective policing ,, if the erstwhile Bandra cops came on a photo walk with me they will see the various joints of the proliferating drugaddicts of Bandra ,,on the Bandra skywalk, beneath the skywalk near the Sunni  Station Road Mosque at the exit point near Slaughter House Compound and the main Bandra Juma Masjis near the dismantled escalator ,, did you know that the stupid creators of this public wasted taxpayers money built a escalator that was taken away piece to pierce by the drugaddicts and other scrap scavengers ,,

Why should the Bandra cops see all this they are busy catching innocent kids and beating them up,, but the real dreaded drugaddicts move about freely.

The main adda is behind the garbage bins of the entrance of the dirtiest filthiest ugly slums Shastri Nagar of Bandra ,, you can see them hidden from the public shooting drugs ,, but do the residents locals care ,, they are busy trying to run their homes with rising dal prices ,, standing for hours in…

Shooting Chehlum In Lucknow ,,2014

This was shot in Lucknow last year in color obviously , blood stands out as protest in color defying both space and time ,, though I have shot Moharam in Lucknow in BW too on Ilford Delta 100 ASA ,, It was my personal favorite but I dont shoot film anymore I prefer shooting color and than tweaking a few pictures BW ,, as my enduring efforts at fine art so to speak.

I dont wont ever use Photo Shop.

And Moharam in BW might look like a man inked for the wrong reasons .. in Mumbai inking is another political pastime ,, but shooting a mans bleeding in BW is inking his resolve his anger his pain that has lived since 1400 years .. along with the throaty chant of Ya Hussain.. it never ends it will never end ,,

Moharam Chehlum is the 40 day of the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain grandson of the Holy Prophet , and in memory of the Battle of Karbala with the Caliph of the Umayad Dynasty accursed Yazid,,

After Chehlum gets over the Shias celebrate Athvi when Moharam officially comes to an end ,,, the next …

In each moment the fire rages, it will burn away a hundred veils. And carry you a thousand steps toward your goal. ~Rumi

In All Humility I Am A Street Photographer ,,

what i see
i shoot
i poeticize
what my
cosmic eye
saw you have
no right to
criticize
i did not
borrow
your camera
your vision
your blinkers
nor your myopic
eyes ,,i am
merely a poet
a street photographer
in disguise ,,i try to
capture fleeting moments
in flight ,,i shoot color
i transform it as BW
my world in spectral light

The Sufi Cult of Sada Suhagin Mousa Suhagin..

The Sufi Cult of Sada Suhagin Mousa Suhagin..
Men who dress as women married to their Holy Saint ,,