Safar-e- Ishq: Walk of love in remembrance for martyrs of Karbala held in Karachi

By: |Syed Tazmeen Javed|


I have not seen him with my eyes. But it is as He inspires me while I write down my feelings which are ought to be spread to the larger world. Arbaeen e Hussain (AS)— the term does not need any introduction. But alas, the largest gathering of the world is ignored by the main stream media. Is it a mere co-incidence or a blatant commission of ignorance sidelining one of the few gathering which could send shock waves, goose bumps to who you are and what your presence means.

For last 8 years and so, a walk is organized by the team of Safar-e-e Ishq ( the walk of love) from Shah-Faisal area all the way to Numaish on the  20th Safar which marks the day of Arbaeen {(Chehlum of Imam Hussain (AS) and the martyrs of Karbala)}. This walk was initiated by Zeeshan Rizvi who had the desire to spearhead the walk and facilitate those people who for some reasons can’t board themselves on plane and go for the ziarat(pilgrimage) of Imam Hussain (AS).

As the years have passed by this walk is gaining momentum as the intention is to create a true reflection of the walk from Najaf to Karbala and in the meantime creating love and passion for the participants of Safar-e- Ishq to generate within themselves the desire to go Karbala. During the walk tents (mawkib) where the participants can rest are installed along with distribution of  water and food for the people voluntarily offering their services without seeking any payment but the pleasure of Imam Hussain (AS).

I pray to God that the Safar-e- Ishq gets bigger and bigger inviting people across the sectarian and religious divide to unite in love for Imam Hussain (AS)– the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (Saww).

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Those who had never been to Karbala butt while being in Karachi they can feel the gravity of emotions pulling their heart out. Who is Hussain (AS), What He(AS) did is not my topic for today. But whatever he did 1400 years ago is still relevant for them. A self less conduct is visible. You are welcome more than a brother. in Safar e eI- shq– the journey of love  The fraternity which Hussain’s(AS) Grand Father Prophet Muhamamd (PBUH) stressed for is before you. Why do you ignore Arbaeen? Why is it so a man like me which has no worth is penning his uncontrolled emotions before you to decide that it is Hussain (AS) charisma which is escalating with the passage of time. Hussain(AS) is just not an Imam of a particular community but surely Hussain (AS) is a undisputed leader for those who seek salvation from evil.

As Josh Maih Aabadi said:

Ha Ae Hussain(AS) Muslahe Afkar Marhaba

Ae be neyaze andako bisyaar marhaba

Ae Teghe Inqilab ki jhankar Marhaba

Ae Daste Kirdigar ki Talwar Marhaba

Tu ne Lahu se shama jaladi uqool ki

Hota na Tu(AS) to Nabz na chalti Ussol Ki/

“Hussain(AS) is the reformer of Thoughts

Hussain(AS) is free from every desire

Hussain(AS) is the sword of revolution

Hussain(AS) is the sword of God Almighty

Oh Hussain(AS), You have through your blood gave wisdom

Had you not sacrificed, there was no life for principles”

Why do You Ignore Arbaeen?

Just go through this information about Arbaeen written by Sayed M.Modrarresi 4 years back published in Huffington post.

All You need to know about Arbaeen is mentioned below:

Arbaeen, why you have never heard of it probably has to do with the fact that the press is concerned more with negative, gory, and sensationalized tabloids, than with positive, inspiring narratives, particularly when it comes to Islam. If a few hundred anti-immigration protestors take to the streets in London and they will make headlines.. The same level of airtime is awarded to a pro-democracy march in Hong Kong or an anti-Putin rally in Russia. But a gathering of twenty million in obstreperous defiance of terror and injustice somehow fails even to make it into the TV news ticker! An unofficial media embargo is imposed on the gargantuan event despite the story having all the critical elements of an eye-catching feature; the staggering numbers, the political significance, the revolutionary message, the tense backdrop, as well as originality.. But when such a story does make it through the editorial axe of major news outlets, it creates shockwaves and touches the most random people.

How could a man who was killed 1396 years ago be so alive and have such a palpable presence today that he makes millions take up his cause, and view his plight as their own? People are unlikely to be drawn into a dispute (much less one that transpired in ancient times) unless they have a personal interest in the matter. On the other hand, if you felt someone was engaged in a fight over your right to freedom, your prerogative to be treated justly, and your entitlement to a life of dignity, you would feel you had a vested interest and would empathize with him to the point where conversion to his beliefs is not a far-fetched possibility.
Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, is revered by Muslims as the “Prince of Martyrs”. He was killed in Karbala on a day which became known as Ashura, the tenth day of the Islamic month of Muharram, having refused to pledge allegiance to the corrupt and tyrannical caliph, Yazid.

He and his family and companions were surrounded in the desert by an army of 30,000, starved of food and water, then beheaded in the most macabre manner, a graphic tale recounted from pulpits every year since the day he was slain. Their bodies were mutilated. In the words of the English historian Edward Gibbon: “In a distant age and climate, the tragic scene of the death of Hussein will awaken the sympathy of the coldest reader.”

Free lunch.. And dinner, and breakfast!

One part of the pilgrimage which will leave every visitor perplexed is the sight of thousands of tents with makeshift kitchens set up by local villagers who live around the pilgrims’ path. The tents (called ‘mawkeb’) are places where pilgrims get practically everything they need. From fresh meals to eat and a space to rest, to free international phone calls to assure concerned relatives, to baby diapers, to practically every other amenity, free of charge. In fact, pilgrims do not need to carry anything on the 400 mile journey except the clothes they wear.

More intriguing is how pilgrims are invited for food and drink. Mawkeb organizers intercept the pilgrims’ path to plead with them to accept their offerings, which often includes a full suite of services fit for kings: first you can a foot massage, then you are offered a delicious hot meal, then you are invited to rest while your clothes are washed, ironed, then returned to you after a nap. All by millions of Arbaeen pilgrims.”

In fact, Arbaeen should be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records in several categories: biggest annual gathering, longest continuous dining table, largest number of people fed for free, largest group of volunteers serving a single event, all under the imminent threat of suicide bombings.

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