Trav­el­ogue (Part IV) Ashoora in Kar­bala

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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.

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