Travelogue (Part IV) Ashoora in Karbala
Shrine of Hazrat Hani Bin Urwah.
We visited Muqam Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S.), Muqam Hazrat Khizr (A.S.), Muqam-eDaqqatul Qaza, Bait-ul-Tasht, Muqam-eMiraj or Muqam Rasool-e-Khuda (SAAW), Muqam Hazrat Adam, (A.S.), MuqamHazrat Gabriel (A.S.), and Muqam Hazrat Imam Zainul Abideen (A.S.) before offering the Fajr prayers Ba-Jamaat. We offered two Rakats each on these places except Muqamaat of Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S.) and Hazrat Adam (A.S.) where we were required to offer four Rakats.
While in journey, we offer Qasr Nimaz but not at Masjid-e-Kufa as it is from amongst the four places where full Nimaz is to be offered even while in journey. Other three such places are: Under the Dome of Imam Hussain's (A.S.) shrine, Bait Allah, and Masjid-e-Nabavi.
After offering Fajr prayers, we started visiting the remaining Muqamaat. Therefore, in the leadership of Abu AlHassan, who was conducting the proceedings in a very professional and accurate manner, we visited Muqam Hazrat Noah (A.S.), (10) Muqam-e-Mehrab or Muqame-Zarbat where Hazrat Ali (A.S.), (11) Nafila Amirul Momineen (A.S.), (12) Muqam Hazrat Imam Jafar-eSadiq (A.S.), (13) Shrine of Hazrat Muslim Bin Aqeel (A.S.), (14) Muqam Amir Mukhtar (A.S.), and (15) Shrine of Hazrat Hani Bin Urwah. We offered two Rakats each on these places except Nafila Amirul Momineen (A.S.) where we were required to offer four Rakats.
While saying good-bye to our guide Abu Al-Hussain, after visiting the Muqam Hazrat Imam Jafare-Sadiq (A.S.) that ends the Aimal, Maulana Fakhar Hussain Alvi told us that Abu Al-Hussain is serving the place for more than four decades and also performs the Ziarat and Aimal of Masjid-e-Kufa for your parents or near and dear ones on a nominal payment of PKR 1,000 per head and can even accept a lower amount if someone cannot afford. Some of us readily availed the offer and I also wrote down the names of my late father and late mother.
After drinking some water at the Muqam Hazrat Noah (A.S.), we came out of the mosque. In front of the Masjid's gate is situated the shrine of Hazrat Khadija (S.A.) Binte Amirul Momineen Hazrat Ali Ibne Abi Talib (A.S.) and sister of Hazrat Abbas Alamdar (A.S.). We could not offer Ziarat of this shrine from inside as some construction work was in progress there.
We waited for the shuttle service that takes Zaireen to the shrine of Hazrat Meesam Tammar (A.S.) but it had not started yet. So we all started walking towards it while a wheel-chair was hired for Syed Lal Hussain Shah as he was not feeling well enough to take a long walk.
We all were feeling like to have breakfast but were told that our next stop is Masjid-eSehla and our contractor would deliver our breakfast there. The organisers called the driver to come to the nearest place around the shrine of Hazrat Meesam Tammar (A.S.) and we headed towards Masjid-eSehla after performing the Ziarat at the shrine of Hazrat Meesam Tammar (A.S.). Almost every Nabi had offered his prayers in this Masjid while Hazrat Imam Mehdi (A.S.) still used to visit this place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
We sat outside the Masjid where carpeted sitting area was available to have breakfast. But even after passage of half an hour there was no sign of the breakfast. After few more minutes, Syed Mujahid Kazmi and
At the water spring created by Hazrat Imam Hassan Bin Ali (A.S.) at Ainul Hassan, about 42 kilometers from Najaf-e-Ashraf. This water heals
diseases including cancer. A view of the shrine of Amirul Momineen Hazrat Ali Ibne Abi Talib (A.S.) from a
street leading to the Harm. Sunrise view at the historic graveyard Wadi-e-Salam which we visited soon after Fajr prayers offered at the Harm of
Imam Ali (A.S.).
our only Ahle Sunnat Zair Ghulam Hussain appeared with filled-in Kultcha-type Naans and cold drinks. We were then told that the contractor could not deliver the breakfast there owing to some reasons, therefore, the Salar had arranged it from the market in a hurry. After having breakfast, we entered the boundary of the Masjid-e-Sehla.
There are seven Muqams (Musallahs) situated in this Masjid. The order of Ziarat for these Muqams as indicated in the huge guide map on the outside wall of the Masjid was: (1) Muqam Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq (A.S.), (2) Muqam Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S.), (3) Muqam Hazrat Idrees (A.S.), (4) Muqam Hazrat Khizr (A.S.), (5) Muqam-eAnbia and Swaleheen, (6) Muqam Hazrat Imam Syed-us-Sajjad (A.S.), and (7) Muqam Hazrat Imam Mehdi (A.S.).
However, Maulana Fakhar Hussain Alvi set his own order for these Muqams saying "we will do what suits us." The order set by him was: (1) Muqam Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq (A.S.), (2) Muqam-e-Anbia and Swaleheen, (3) Muqam Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S.), (4) Muqam Hazrat Idrees (A.S.), (5) Muqam Hazrat Imam Mehdi (A.S.), (6) Muqam Hazrat Khizr (A.S.), and (7) Muqam Hazrat Imam Syed-us-Sajjad (A.S.). We offered Ziarat prayers on all these places and recited the Ziarat, respectively.
Azhar Ali presented a ' Duhra' at the Muqam Hazrat Imam Mehdi (A.S.) while Syed Ali Ammar Kazmi presented a Noha at Muqam-e-Hazrat Imam Syed-us-Sajjad (A.S.).
From here, we moved towards the Muqam Hazrat Kumail Ibne Ziad AlNakhai (A.S.) where he is also buried. Now the sun was it its peak and it was very hot outside. After offering Ziarat and Ziarat prayers here, we set out towards our last outing of the day i.e. Masjid-e-Hananah, the minarets of which shaked twice - first at the time when Hazrat Ali (A.S.) was attacked while leading prayers at Masjid-e-Kufa and second time when Aseeran-e-Karbala stayed here for a few days when they were being taken to Shaam (Syria). This stay was caused as Governor Kufa Ibne Ziad (L.A.) sought direction from Yazid (L.A.) either all prisoners or only Banu Hashim may be sent to Shaam. Ultimately, only Banu Hashim were sent to Darbar-e-Yazid (L.A.). Imam Hussain's (A.S.) head was placed at the central point of this Masjid on that occasion. A Ziarat is built on this place now, and inside it there is painting of Hazrat Imam Hussain's (A.S.) bleeding head in the centre of that Ziarat.
We were completely exhausted on reaching the hotel, therefore, we took lunch and went to bed for a couple of hours. Then I got up in the evening and went to the Harm of Amirul Momineen Hazrat Ali Ibne Abi Talib (A.S.) along with Syed Lal Hussain Shah and offered routine prayers, Ziarat, Maghribain Ba-Jamaat and Qaza prayers for parents and myself. We then set out for the hotel. On our way back home Syed Lal Hussain Shah got his beard trimmed and then we came back to the hotel.
At the dinner table, Maulana Fakhar Hussain Alvi requested my room-mate Malik Asim Shabbir to take a couple - Azhar Ali and his wife - to Kazmain, Bald and Samrah for Ziaraat as they missed that portion because of late arrival in Iraq owing to some visa confusion. Asim Shabbir put a condition that the taxi driver may be asked to take us to Ainul Hassan, a place where there is a water spring and its water cures cancer among other diseases to which he agreed. He was asked to take either Syed Ali Ammar Kazmi or his elder brother Syed Aun Kazmi. I offered myself if any of them is not available. Later when we reached our room, I told Asim Shabbir that I am sure, I will go with you as I left some work unfinished at all these three places and I am cursing myself for it. Asim Shabbir went outside to fix the things as he had to leave at 1.00 a.m. for Kazmain and came back at 11.30 and said: "Taya Jee, Tusi jana aye meray naal". as it was the fourth night we were unable to sleep except for a couple of hours. I was offering Nimaz-e-Shab when Maulana Fakhar Hussain Alvi appeared in our room to tell that the taxi will reach within 15 minutes. After completing the Nimaz, I physically interrupted to wake Asim Shabbir up and we were ultimately in the lift where we saw Azhar Ali and his wife who were coming from the upper floor.
We set out for Kazmain and reached there about Fajr time but could not join the Jamaat as we were a few minutes late. We asked Azhar Ali to perform Ziarat at their ease. From there we headed towards Bald where the shrine of Hazrat Imam Ali Naqi's (A.S.) son Hazrat Syed Muhammad (A.S.) is resting. We offered Ziarat there and I also took a ' Taveez' and a piece of cloth for someone who has no offspring back in Pakistan as desired by Syed Ali Ammar Kazmi and tied that piece of green cloth with the 'Zari' of Hazrat Syed Muhammad (A.S.).
We were now heading towards Samrah where shrines of Imam Ali Naqi (A.S.) and Imam Hassan Askari (A.S.) are situated. As was earlier mentioned, Nargis Khatoon (mother of Imam Medhi A.S. and wife of Hazrat Imam Hassan Askari A.S.) and Hakimah Khatoon (sister of Hazrat Imam Ali Naqi A.S.) are also resting along with them under the same roof.
A view of the Masjid-e-Hananah from within the boundary wall of the place. Our Salar Syed Mehdi Naqvi kissing the door of Muqam Hazrat Kumail Ibne Ziad
Al-Nakhai (A.S.) where he is also buried.