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  Updated: March 7, 2006

Hussain Day at Al-Khoei Center NY draws Hindus, Sikhs, Christians

By: S. E. Naqvi

NEW YORK: 27th annual Imam Hussain Day was held on Sunday march 5, 2006 at Al-Khoei center New York organized by Imam Hussain Day Organizing Committee (Islamic Days Celebrating Council).

Some of the highlights of the program are:

These were the speakers who spoken:

Mohammed Fawad Sher, Vice Council Pakistan
Sheikh Fadhel Al-Sahlani, Representative of Ayyatulah Sayid Ali Seestani & Director Imam Al-Khoei Center
Prof. Maqsood Jaffery, Shia American Relationship Council (SARC)
Agha Shoukat Jaffery, Universel Muslim Association of America (UMAA)
Ubaibhaisaheb Nooruddin, Rohanni Leader Bohara Jamaat Leader
Sajjid Jaffery, Islamic Days Celebrating Council (IDCC)
Istafa Naqvi, Jafri Association of North America (JANA)
Rev Bud Heckman, from UN "Religion of Peace of USA"
Dr. Lucnda Mosher, Epispecol Churc of USA UN rep
Maoulana Rehan Naqvi, Resident Maoulan Imam Bargha Shahe Najaf, Long Island
Syed Mohsin Naquvi, Mohsena Foundation, MF
Javed Hussain were the Master of Ceremony, AL- Mahdi Foundation

Panel Discussion:
Prof. Maqsood Jaffery
Agha Shoukat Jaffery
Ubaibhaisaheb Nooruddin
Syed Mohsin Naquvi,
Farwa Raza Rizvi,
Rev Bud Heckman,
Dr. Lucnda Mosher
Mohsin Alidina,
Nazash Agha Young Attorney were the Moderator

HIGH LIGHT OF THE PROGRAM
Program starts at 4 pm and had break for Sallatul Maghrabien and ended at 8 PM.
The entire program was directly broadcasted by the Internet and were media sponsored by the PTV Prime.

Around over 400 people from different faiths including Hindu, Sikh, Christians attended.

Volunteers from Jan Nisarane Ahlulbait were amongst the recipient of Award for their dedicated services to the Imam Hussain Day where as Sajjid Jaffery one of the Founding member who attend all the 27 years of Imam Hussain day.

A beautiful MUSHAERA (MASALMA Ba Yad-e- Imam Hussain) were also held after the Dinner and following poets were attendees:

Presided by Shaheb Kazmi,
Chief Guest were also Mohammed Fawad Sher, Vice Council Pakistan
Guest of Honors, Qaseem Amrohvi from Pakistan and Nazeer Baqri from India
Wasif Hussain Wasif, Safwet Ali Safwat, Aman Ullah DIL, Momin Abidi Najmi, Khawer Hussain Khawari, Azhar Zaid, and Ehtesham Haider Naqvi

SPECIAL EFFORTS WERE MADE BY THE FOLLOWING TO THIS PROGRAM SUCCESS:
Shabieh Haider, Abid Raja, Muneer Hussain, Dr. Qasim Gardezi,Dr. Aazim Hussain, Dr. Asad Sadek, Ainul Haque, Dr. Iqbal Jeffery, Dr. Wajih Rizvi,Ali Akbar, Dr. Rafiq JanJaved Mushtaq,Momin Abidi.

Nizamet Ehtesham Naqvi.
In spite of Sunday evening program last until 11 pm.

CLIPS from the speech:
"Say, Oh people of the Book! Come to common terms as between us and you: that we worship none but God, that we associate no partner with Him, that we erect not from among ourselves lords and patrons other than God. If than they turn back, say we 'bear witness that we are Muslims (bowing to God's Will)."

There is much that we can derive inspiration from the anniversary of Imam Hussain's Alihies Salam martyrdom, since in his intellect which encompassed Islam in its entirety, and in his heart which opened onto the human being in entirety, and in his movement which sprang from justice, goodness, and truth in their entirety, he was a symbol for the meaning of a person who lived with Allah and sought inspiration from Allah for all aspects of his personality. Neither thus, when in our turn seeks inspiration from him, it is impossible for him to be confined to a certain time or place; nor can any one event summarize him. We have seen that some histories summarize Hussain in Karbala and summarize Karbala in the meaning of tragedy, and when they wish to broach the meaning of the revolution in Karbala, they limit it in a narrow circle. How can we be with the Karbala of Imam Hussain?

Do not move with Hussain in history; instead, move with him in reality, revolution, and change. So each of us should be Hussain, even if only one percent. Because when we live Hussain in his method, thought and spirit, and in his opening onto the issue of justice and liberty in the human being, Karbala will find its audience among us, and not just speak of its audience in 61 AH.
One of our friends said in his Poetry:

JUB BHE KABHE ZAMEER KA SOUDDA HOU DOUSTO
SABIET RAHOO HUSSAIN KAY ENKAAR KEY TARRAH

Let us convey to the suffering humanity the message of Imam Hussain (A.S.) that peace lies with truth and truth is confirmed with sacrifice and sacrifice comes with full trust in God and divine justice. Unless all people of the world individually and collectively, follow truth and gather moral courage to be magnanimous towards others no peace is possible and no uncertainty can be dispelled.

It is our prayer that Allah established solidarity among all Peace loving community in general and Muslim in particular reestablishes the global leadership of the ummah.

Sheikh Fadhel Al-Sahlani said:
The key note speaker said that the world, again, is on the verge of an impending disaster. Humanity is divided further into factions. Selfishness has taken the best of our judgments. Political power is striving for economic supremacy. In the midst of these material competitions, the spiritual and moral values are lost sight of. Darkness is engulfing our vision and we are in need of a light which can rip open the thick clouds of ignorant desires and show us the brilliant daylight of moral and spiritual wisdom and everlasting values of divine order in human existence on this earth to ensure peace and justice.

We are stranded today waiting to be guided from materialism to spiritualism, from greed to sacrifice, from material pleasure to moral contentment, from fear of oppression to security of justice, from chaos to most abiding order. The world therefore needs today, all the more, to know Imam Hussain to solve its burning problems and rescue mankind from the impending dangers of war, crime, disease and growing poverty.. Human life is reeling under the crushing weight of uncertainties on all fronts of intellectual, economic and political paradoxes.

Whoever is with the Karbala of Imam Hussain cannot pledge allegiance to an oppressor, nor can such a person fight alongside on oppressor or excuse an oppressor or justify his oppression. Therefore, shorten your tears when they are tears of history, and let them flow when they are tears of the oppressed and downtrodden human beings.

Syed Mohammed Fawad Sheer, Vice Council Pakistan,

JUB BHE KABHE ZAMEER KA SOUDDA HOU DOUSTO
SABIET RAHOO HUSSAIN KAY ENKAAR KEY TARRAH
Let us convey to the suffering humanity the message of Imam Hussain (A, S.) that peace lies with truth and truth is confirmed with sacrifice and sacrifice comes with full trust in God and divine justice. Unless all people of the world individually and collectively, follow truth and gather moral courage to be magnanimous towards others no peace is possible and no uncertainty can be dispelled.

Syed Istafa Naqvi:

Karbala in its entirety was about oppression, since it sprang from the message in the path of justice, and it sprang from the heart of reality in order to argue against that reality, to revolt against it and to change it. Do you wish to be like Hussain? If so, the issue is not to cry much, even though crying has its meaning. And the issue is not to mourn much and beat oneself, though that has its symbolism. Instead, the issue is to face reality in its entirety and to live that reality as Imam Hussain lived it and the chosen ones of his family and companions lived it. They did not remain neutral in the face of the reality of oppression and arrogance.

Do not move with Hussain in history; instead, move with him in reality, revolution, and change. So each of us should be Hussain, even if only one percent. Because when we live Hussain in his method, thought and spirit, and in his opening onto the issue of justice and liberty in the human being, Karbala will find its audience among us, and not just speak of its audience in 61 AH.


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