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  Updated: January 30, 2006

Moosavi at PC clears won’t bear hurdle in Aza, declares Azadari Code

By: Salman Alvi

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: The Quaid-i-Millat Jafariya Agha Syed Hamid Ali Shah Moosavi said Azadari is our fundamental right regarding it neither our forefathers bargained, nor would we and our generations. We will never let anyone to create hurdle in it. Azadaran should perform azadari with complete peace and courage.

Addressing a packed press conference held at TNFJ headquarters here on Monday, he announced 14-point Code of Azadari on the occasion of oncoming Muharramul Haram so that it could be followed in letter and spirit to promote religion and motherland in winning the pleasure of Allah, Rasool (SAW), Aaimma Huda (A.S.) and pious Sahaba Kubaar (R.A.).

TNFJ central secretary information Syed Qamar Zaidi, Convener Central Muharram Committee Azadari Cell Syed Shujaat Ali Bokhari, different ulema-e-karam and senior office-bearers were also present at the press conference.

In response to a question, Hamid Moosavi said there is no ban on Azadari including loud speaker, however its sound use should be made sure.

Answering another question, he said Central Muharram Azadari Committee of TNFJ has been formed to facilitate Azadran; its control room will work round the clock from today. Also, committees have been set up in provinces and districts.

He, while responding to a newsman, condemned American attack on Bajor Agency and termed it an assault on Pakistan’s sovereignty. The government should take strict measures in this regard so that no one could dare to do so in future.

In response to a question regarding government steps against terrorism, the TNFJ chief said the TNFJ presented Peace Formula to the government in a meeting summoned by former interior minister Moinuddin Haider. Later, Moosavi Peace Formula was presented in Supreme Court of Pakistan, and taking it in view Preesident Pervez Musharraf not only declared Anti-Terrorism Act with courage rather took a good step of banning extremist terrorist groups. But regretfully, the same banned outfits are once again busy with new disguises. They are on government and opposition forums, and media also gives them full coverage.

He said Muharram-ul-Haram teaches us lesson that whenever sacrifice is demanded, people are under obligation to establish spirit of martyr in their hearts. Weeping and mourning for Imam Hussain (A.S.) means participation in his bravery and boldness, harmony with HUssaini thought and sight, and conformity with desire of martyrdom. Its only objective is that oppression could never raise head once again so that whole society could be stopped from walking in footsteps of these oppressors. He said it is Azadari courtesy to which no human being likes to take name of Yazid or doing Yazidi deeds.

In short, Hussain (A.S.) keeps place in every heart, everyone is AZadar, mourner of Hussain (A.S.) and every eye sheds tears for Hussain (A.S.); it is not bound to country, faith or religion.

Agha Moosavi said sacrifice of life is greatest to achieve objective. Word ‘Qurbani’ (sacrifice) is derived from ‘Qurb’; whenever doing of any good deed is decided we say ‘Qurbatan Ilallah’. Every job has particular effects, fruits and blessings and has its own philosophy that becomes the source of becoming near to Allah but the sacrifice of life the greatest of them all.

The beginning and the end of Islam is based on sacrifice. The first sacrifice is that of Hazrat Habeel, then comes the sacrifice of Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S.) who receives the commandment to slaughter his son that is mentioned in Surah Al-Sifaat of Quran that indicates that there is no deed more pious than sacrifice which is the mirage of all sacrificial deeds. Today, the world asks what is the philosophy of Muharram and Azadari? It actually is to keep the spirit of sacrifice alive. People say that the blood shed in Gham-e-Hussain could be given to needy patients and the expenditure incurred on Azadari could be given to the poor to better their lot. They should know that like Hajj is worship and has a philosophy; similary, Azadari is also a great worship. Sacrificing worships to such spirits and thinking is slavery to our own ideology and nothing else. The subservience to Allah demands that His every commandment is fulfilled come what may whether the wisdom supports it or not, because your wisdom could not cover it.

He said everyone, whether he belongs to any country, Maslak, nation or Maktab, participates in Gham-e-Hussain. That is why Hussain (A.S.) is not only Shaheed-e-Islam but also Shaheed-e-Insaniyyat. The honour and dignity of Muharramul Haram is crystal clear from its name but unfortunately international colonial powers, Satanic and Zionist powers, and so-called champions of human rights who are actually biggest enemy of humanity, get busy in conspiracies before sighting the moon of Muharramul Haram.

Their dual standard has been unearthed in Kashmir, Palestine, Afghanistan, and Iraq and it is the result of spirit of sacrifice and it is the mirage of worship that is commensurate with Hussainiyyat and Muharramul Haram is commensurate with the great personality of Hussain ibne Ali (A.S.).

These powers are afraid of it, therefore, international chief of the terrorists and her agents use the weapon of biases to maintain their supremacy, reap self-interest and to cool down the spirit of sacrifice so as to defame the Islamic World by blaming Muslims of being violent, and to promote anarchy and differences amongst the Islamic World.

Pakistan being the only State on earth with basic ideology of Islam and today is an atomic power, by the Grace of God which is not bearable for our perpetual and combined enemy in any case. Pakistan is their biggest target, one by one, therefore all patriotic forces are under the obligation to thwart this heinous conspiracy with wisdom and by practically displaying unity, brotherhood without any discrimination on the basis of Maslak and Maktab, make it clear that no enemy howsoever big could create differences amongst us.

We all are followers of Hussain (A.S.), and Hussain (A.S.) belongs to all, Hussain (A.S.) belongs to Allah. We all are Hussaini and would pay homage to the Imam Aali Muqaam (A.S.) by observing the Gham-e-Hussain.

The Code of Azadari is as given below:
• The government should follow the May 21, 1985 Junejo-Moosavi agreement in connection with bringing out Azadari processions.
• Muharram Azadari Cells should be set up at the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Religious Affairs, and at Central, Provincial and District level and these should be publicised through media so that possible problems of the Azadars are resolved. These Cells should keep a close contact with the Muharram Committee of Tehreek Nafaz Fiqh-e-Jafariya Pakistan.
• Effective and concrete protective measures should be taken before hand to provide protection to Majalis-e-Aza and Azadari processions at sensitive places. If any problem is faced at any place, then the procession should not be stopped to resolve the problem rather the procession should be allowed to reach its destination with full protection as a permanent solution.
• Such a law should be enforced that may not encroach upon the rights of anyone, peaceful personalities detained in jails should be set free forthwith after taking oath from them. Restrictions should not be imposed on zakireen, waizeen and organisers without any reason and if there is any doubt about anyone then guarantees could be sought from such persons.
• Special arrangements for light and cleanliness should be made at the places of Majalis-e-Aza and on the routes of Matmi processions all over the country and provision of electricity should be ensured, come what may.
• The Administration should be directed to avoid spreading fear amongst Azadars and organisers and fully cooperate with them in Azadari rites so that Azadars could perform their Azadari rites in peace.
• No one should be allowed to take law into his own hand. Promotion of biases may be banned. Implementation of Anti-Terrorism Act may be ensured which was enforced by President Pervez Musharraf but the banned groups have become active again with new names and are seen occupying different forums. The government should take strict notice of this situation.
• God forbid, if any untoward incident takes place or any issue crops up then it may be resolved through the local administration and the local Muharram Committee of the TNFJ. The Central Muharram Committee of the TNFJ may be approached if the issue remains unresolved at local level.
• The organisers of Majalis should make protective measures on self-help basis and remain fully alert. The countrymen should keep a strict eye on enemies of Islam and Pakistan and beware of elements preaching hatred, enmity and biases. The Government and the media in particular should avoid and discourage such elements.
• All schools of thought should preach their beliefs and ideologies in a positive manner, and highlight the achievements of Imam Aali Muqaam (A.S.) and his near and dear ones. Ulema, waizeen, and zakireen should give priority to unity of Ummah, survival and integrity of religion, motherland. Preaching in a negative manner should be considered media’s enmity with religion, motherland and the nation. The media, particularly, the electronic media should highlight the great sacrifices of Martyrs of Karbala in an effective manner, and should avoid ‘Munkiraat’. All types of music, and comedy programmes should be suspended during the Ashra Muharramul Haram.
• Only those people should be included in Peace Committees and Inter-Religion Committee who were not included in any banned organisation in any case and certification of representatives of Maktab-e-Tashih from the TNFJ should be declared imminent.
• All leaders should postpone all type of political activities during the Ashra-e-Muharram and keep Azadari supreme over every thing. Women should follow the seerat and character of Mukhadderat-e-Ismat and Taharat, youngsters that of Shahzada Ali Akbar (A.S.), children that of Shahzada Ali Asghar (A.S.) and Qasim (A.S.) while elders and young that of Sahabi-e-Rasool Habib ibne Mazahir (R.A.). Discipline should be taken care of in Majalis-e-Aza and Matmi processions and any activity that may be contrary to the dignity of Azadari should be avoided.
• The dignity and honour of all Makatab and Masalak should be taken care of rather respect of them all is binding.
• The organisers of Majalis-e-Aza are fully responsible to follow the ‘Code of Azadari’ and also enforce it on others.

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