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October 3, 2009

Azadaari – Meman Sadaat..

Urdu translation of the following blog appeared in the January edition of “Raah-e-Islam”, a journal published by Iran Culture House, in 2007.

By: Syed Asad Haider Zaidi ( s/o Syed Masih Haider Zaidi )

Acknowledgement: I would like to thank Janab Syed Sabir Raza Zaidi Sahab, Janab Qayam Mehdi Zaidi Sahab, Janab Mustufa Zaidi Sahab, and Janab Alamdar Haider Sahab who patiently answered my questions and gave historical information which helped shape this blog. I would also like to thank Janab Syed Mohd. Mehdi Zaidi  Sahab (Urf Naatiq Zaidi) and Janab Syed Tafseer Zaidi Sahab, for I learnt a lot  from their earlier works on Meman. I would also like to thank Prof. Azizuddin Hussain Sahab who asked me to write this article in the first place. In the end I would also like to thank my mother, Zoya Nasreen Zaidi, for translating this original version in Urdu, Janab Ghulam Haider Naqvi Sahab for giving his inputs, and my cousin Abbas Ali, for taking out time and visiting Meman with me for completing this article…

Note: Shayar Azhar Bijnori, Shayar Asif Bijnori, Shayar Kaleem Asghar, Noha Khwan Asad Abbas, Noha Khwan Khursheed Asri, Marsiya Khwan Liaqat Zaidi are some of the people from Meman who have become quite famous in recent times…

Meman is a village 180kms from Delhi, 25kms from Bijnor and 14kms from Najibabad on the Bijnor-Najibabad highway. Dargah “Najaf-e-Hind” of Jogipure is around 24 kms from Meman. It was originally inhabited by nomads named Koli. Syed Shah Ashraf came to Meman from Darsu-Nawazpura in Punjab around 1386A.D. His father, Syed Arif Shah is buried in the Shah-e-Marda dargah in Jor Bagh, New Delhi. Meman has a population of around 9000 people with a Shia majority. There were twelve Syed families in Meman most of which left for Pakistan when it was created.

There were a total of seventeen Imambargahs in Meman of which one is in partial ruins while another one has no building remaining. Another Imambargah is being rebuilt and is under construction. The seventeen Imambargahs are as follows:

  1. Barah Dari: “Barah Dari” which literally stands for twelve arches, was the first azakhana built in Meman. It was built by Syed Mohammed Meer. Since he had no son, the responsibility to carry on the azadari fell on the shoulders of his son-in-law Syed Fazal Ali who originally belonged to Bedha, Muzaffarnagar. The Zari of “Barah dari” was built around six hundred years back and it still exists. For the last 240 years it is placed in “Deewan Khana.” It was last repaired eight years back by Syed Sabir Raza s/o Syed Akhtar Abbas, who traces his lineage to Fazal Ali.
  2. Chhatta: “Chhatta” was a huge Imambargah next to the lake in Meman but over the centuries was weathered to dust. It no longer exists. The main Ashura majlis is still held at that place where once the Imambargah stood. The daily majalis of “Chhatta” held during muharram are now held in “Deewan Khana.”It was built in the 16th century and was a two storey building. Zanani majalis were held on the first floor and mardani majalis were held on the ground floor. During zanani majalis no males were present but during mardani majalis females used to be present on the first floor.
  3. Deewan Khana: “Deewan Khana” was built by Fazal Ali around 1766AD and majalis are being held there since then. All major processions during muharram azadari used to start here.  Over the years many other Imambargahs were built in Meman. Today all major processions end in “Deewan Khana.” Amaal-e-Roza-e-Ashura is performed in “Deewan Khana” on the morning of Ashura.
  4. Bangla (Haatha): “Bangla” was built for zanani majalis which started here in 1889 AD. The tazia in “Bangla” was built in 1919 by Abdul Majeed of Najibabad. Arbain ashra of Bangla is quite well known.
  5. Kothi(also called Hakeemo Walon ka azakhana): It was built in 1909 AD by Syed Agha Hasan s/o Syed Sadaq Ali. Syed Agha Hasan is from the 11th generation of Syed Shah Ashraf. This Imambargah was also built for zanani majalis and as a mannat by Razia Begum w/o Syed Sadaq Ali. The ashra is being organized there since the last 97 years.
  6. Imli wala Azakhana: Is a very old azakhana and was rebuilt many times. It was last rebuilt in 2004 and now has a permanent structure.
  7. Mama ka Azakhana: Was originally a house used later as an azakhana after the death of the owner according to his wishes.
  8. Majnoo Shah ka Azakhana:
  9. Jagni ka Azakhana:
  10. Noor Deo ka Azakhana: Was constructed in 1959 AD.
  11. Ahlebait: This Azakhana was built by ansari shias in 2000 AD.
  12. Naya Imambada: This Azakhana was also built by ansari shias in 1967 AD.
  13. Amroh ka Azakhana:
  14. Bada Imambada: This azakhana is also a very old azakhana. It had been rebuilt many times over the years. It got a proper pucca structure in pre-independence days. It was the result of a chutki fund started by the villagers. In this fund, every resident of Meman used to donate handful of flour everyday and the collection used to be sold after some time. The revenue generated was used to construct the building. No outside help was taken during the construction of this building. Recently, some of the villagers who work as truck drivers took the initiative and painted this Imambargah themselves.
  15. Zainabiyah: This azakhana is basically a madrassa which is used as an azakhana as well. Zanani majalis take place here. It was built in 1980 AD.
  16. Dr. Sahab ka Azakhana: This azakhana was built by Dr. Ghulam Murtaza. Ashra is organized here during the first ten days of muharram and during arbain as well.
  17. Asgharia:

In the earlier days, on the day of ashura, people used to stand in a circle with a fire burning in the middle and perform maatam. There was no recital of nohas during that time. Later, when “Deewan Khana” was constructed, processions used to start from there. During processions there used to be one big “halka” or circle accompanied by taashe and nakkare (drums), and even then, nohas were not recited during the processions but only in the azakhana after the majlis. Azadari of Meman as we know today was introduced by Syed Zafaryab Abbas and Syed Akhtar Raza. They had gone to lucknow for higher education and were inspired by the azadari they witnessed there. On their return to Meman, they formed Anjuman-e-Hussainiya. Later others anjumans were formed and today, six anjumans exist in Meman.

Processions in Meman include a leader who is known as the “Sarbarah.” The procession moves when the “Sarbarah” moves a cloth and the procession stops when the cloth stops. Ghulam Hasnain, Fazal Ali, Shafeeq Hussain and Mumtaz Ali (also known as Bhai Mumtazi) are some of the “Sarbarahs” of the past. Syed Sabir Raza is the current “Sarbarah” of the procession.

In 1931 AD, shabih-e-zuljana was first introduced in the procession on muharram 8th, which begins from Bangla, Haatha. In 1944 AD, Akhtar Raza and Akhtar Abbas, went to Allahabad during muharram. The famous noha, “yeh uski sawari aati hai, jo nahar par pyasa sota hai” was written on the night of 7th muharram at around 8pm under the light of a lantern by Akhtar Raza and Akhtar Abbas recited it the next day. Since then this noha is recited during the shabih-e-zuljana procession on the 8th of muharram every year. Presently, Syed Sabir Raza, s/o Syed Akhtar Abbas recites this noha.

Azadari is a way of life in Meman with majalis throughout the year. A day before muharram starts, on chand raat, a procession is taken out from “Deewan khana” after namaz-e-isha. The procession then proceeds to “Mama’s imambada,” “Asgharia,” “Imli wala imambada” and then finally reaches “Deewan khana.” with a majlis at each azakhana.. The noha, “Phir chaand muharram ka namudaar hua hai” is recited during the procession. The tareekhi marsiya, “Muharram aya hai ai mohibbo rasool rote hain karbala mein” is recited by Syed Sabir Raza in “Deewan khana.” Earlier this marsiya was recited by his father, Syed Akhtar Abbas, and before him by Syed Intezar Hussain.

On 1st muharram there are eight majalis in different Imambargahs. The first majlis starts at 8am in “Noor Deo’s Imambargah,” followed by majalis in “Ahlebait” and “Dr. Sahab’s Imambargah.” After namaz-e-zuhr, there is a majlis in “Naya Imambada” at 2pm followed by a majlis in “Amroh ka Imambada”. After namaz-e-maghrib, there is a majlis in “Mama ka Imambada” at 7pm, followed by majalis in “Asgharia”, “Imli wala Imambada” and the last majlis in “Deewan Khana.”

The above routine is followed for the next five days.On fouth of muharram, a “tareekhi marsiya” is recited before the majlis in “Deewan khana” by Syed Sabir Raza. This marsiya is “Sitaron ki amad hai, kaali ghata mein”, which is based on Bibi Zainab’s sons. On the fifth muharram, many people go to Bijnor to attend a big majlis held at the residence of late Syed Ghamkhwahar Haider Zaidi, s/o Syed Baqar Raza. This majlis is being held there since 1986 AD.

On the sixth of muharram, the routine of majalis before namaz-e-zuhr is same as on earlier days. After the majlis in “Naya Imambada”, shabih-e-taboot of Hazrat Aun-o-Muhammad (A.S.) is taken out. This is a short procession which ends in the azakhana itself. After this the usual pattern of majalis is followed. Before the majlis in “Deewan Khana”, the marsiya “As-haabe Jaan Nisaar Rasoole Khuda ke the” is recited.

Sabir Raza and others reciting As-haabe jaan nisaar

Sabir Raza and others reciting "As-haabe jaan nisaar"

On the seventh of muharram, the same routine of majalis is followed. Mehndi procession is taken out from “Amroh ka Imambada” at around 4:30pm along with shabih-e-taboot, Hazrat Qasim(A.S.) This procession then proceeds to “Haatha”, “Deewan Khana” before ending in “Mama ka Imambada” at around 11:00pm. Majalis in “Mama ka Imambada” and “Asgharia” are held simultaneously. The majlis in “Imli wala Imambada” starts after midnight followed by a majlis in “Deewan Khana” which starts around 1:30am and ends after 3:00am.

Aamroh ka Azakhana.. Shabeeh-e-Taboot Hazrat Qasim (A.S.)

Aamroh ka Azakhana.. Shabeeh-e-Taboot Hazrat Qasim (A.S.)

Outside Haatha..

Outside Haatha..

Mehndi Juloos..

Mehndi Juloos..

Deewan Khana lit with Diye..

"Deewan Khana" lit with Diye..

On the morning of 8th of Muharram, all majalis from morning to evening are finished before 1pm. Also, mannati alams are taken out from individual homes and children are made “Saqqa.” The procession of 8th muharram begins in “Deewan Khana” with the marsiya “Kehti Sakina yeh thi, ab nahi rone ki mein” followed by the marsiya “Jab kasd kiya nahar saqqa-e-haram ne.” Syed Sabir Raza recites these marsiyas along with others.

After this the procession begins from “Deewan Khana” and moves towards “Haatha” accompanied by Shabih-e-Alam Hazrat Abbas (A.S) and beating of drums (taashe) The above two marsiyas are again repeated inside “Haatha” in front of the azakhana named “Bangla.”

After the marsiyas are recited, the noha “Yeh uski sawari aati hai” is recited and the procession circumvents the azakhana “Bangla” with Shabih-e-Zuljana in front. After making one circle of the azakhana the procession moves outside “Haatha.” Outside the gate of “Haatha,” the noha “Khaime se chala ran ko jo Abbas Alamdar” is recited. After this noha, Shabih-e-Zuljana is taken to azakhana “Kothi” and the Alam from there is taken out. This is followed by the recital of the marsiya, “Jab Alamdar ko maidan ki ijazat na mili”. After the procession reaches “Naya Imambada”, all remaining anjumans join the procession. Till this point, only the anjumans, anjuman-e-Hussainiya and Lashkar-e-Hussain are part of the procession. “Chai Sabeel” is organized in different homes for the anjumans participating in the procession. During “Chai Sabeel”, tea is offered in special cups made of clay known as “Shikoras.”

The procession then goes to “Amroh ka Imambada” and then “Noor deo’s Imambargah.” After this anjuman-e-Asgharia takes out Shabih-e-taboot Hazrat Abbas(A.S) and “Aag ka maatam”, the walk on burning coals is performed. The shabih-e-taboot is then taken to Juma masjid. Anjuman-e-Hussainiya then performs maatam inside the graveyard where Syed Shah Ashraf, Syed Sadaq Ali, Syed Agha Hasan, Syed Baqar Raza and others are buried. The procession then visits all remaining azakhanas.  When the procession reaches “Imli walon ka Imambada”, the “pharaira” of alam is opened. The cloth wrapped around the pole carrying the alam is called “Pharaira”. The marsiya “Saqqa-e-Sakina, Shada-e-Sakina” is written on the “Pharaira” of the alam and is recited by everyone present. Then the procession moves towards “Dr. Sahab’s Imambargah” and the noha “Ya Sayyadi Ya Abbas” is recited. When this noha is recited, people beat their heads. The procession ends when it reaches “Deewan khana” around mid-night. After the juloos ends, the majalis start. By the time the majlis in “Deewan Khana” ends, it’s close to dawn.

Majlis before Aag ka maatam

Majlis before "Aag ka maatam"

Shabih-e-Taboot Hazrat Abbas (A.S.)

"Shabih-e-Taboot Hazrat Abbas (A.S.)"

Alams @ Chhatta Azakhana..

Alams @ Chhatta Azakhana..

Recitation of Marsiya written on Pharera of Alam... outside Imli wala Azakhana..

Recitation of Marsiya written on Pharaira of Alam... outside Imli wala Azakhana..

On 9th of muharram, the usual routine of majlises is followed. After the majlis in “Naya Imambada”, Shabih-e-Taboot of Hazrat Ali Akbar is taken out in the azakhana. After the majlis in “Deewan Khana”, Shabih-e-taboot of Hazrat Ali Akbar and Shabih-e-jhoola of Shehzada Ali Asghar is taken out. The noha “Fatimah ki godh ka de diya paala tujhe” is then recited in “Deewan Khana” after which maatam is performed on “Taashey.” All anjumans take out their individual processions visiting all azakhanas where tea is prepared for them. This procession ends at the time of Namaz-e-Fajr.

On the day of Ashura, Amaal-e-Ashura are organized at four locations including, “Deewan Khana”, “Imli wala Imambada” and in “Karbala”. First, the approximately 600 year old tazia from “Deewan Khana” is taken out after the marisiyas,” Qatl ki raat ko thi shaan se giriya Zainab” and “Aaj Zainab yun kahe” are recited. Then the tazia from “Bangla” is taken out after the recital of the marsiya “Aaj Zainab yun kahe.” After this all the mannati tazias and tazias from all Azakhane are taken out. Also, at each azakhana, the marsiya “Aaj Zainab yun kahe” is recited again after which there is a small majlis. All tazias assemble outside the gate of “Haatha” before the procession begins and the marsiya “Jab kafla haram ka chala sar khula hua” is recited by Syed Sabir Raza and others throughout the procession. There is a big majlis when the procession reaches “Imli wala Imambada.” All the huge alams are lined up together before the start of the majlis. After this the marsiya “Aaj Shabbir pe kya aalam-e tanhai hai” is recited by Syed Munawwar Raza and others including Syed Muhammad Ali. After this marsiya, the soz “Hussain jab ke chale” is recited by them.  After the majlis, Shabih-e-Zuljana is taken out and Syed Qaisar Mustafa, along with others recites the noha “Ghoda nikal raha hai Shah-e-Mashraqain ka”. This procession then goes to “Majnu Shah’s Imambargah” before reaching “Chhatta” with all the tazias, alams and Shabih-e-Zuljana. The number of tazias when the procession reaches “Chhatta” is around 55.

Sabir Raza and others reciting Aaj Zainab yun kahe..

Sabir Raza and others reciting "Aaj Zainab yun kahe.."... Outside Hakeemon ki "Kothi"

After namaz-e-Zuhr is performed, the main majlis of Ashura starts in “Chhatta”. The marsiya, “Rawana nehre laban ko jo sheer khar hua” is recited by Syed Sabir Raza and others before the majlis. After the majlis, the marsiya “Jab hue zuhr talak qatl sipah-e-Shabbeer” is recited by Syed Sabir Raza and Chacha Yaseen. After this each anjuman forms its own circle and matam begins. The procession moves towards “Bada Imambada” doing matam. Zanjeer ka matam is then performed outside “Bada Imambada” near the lake called “Hauz”. Here the tazias of azakhanas are kept while the remaining 25 or 30 tazias are taken to “Dola Wali (Karbala)” where they are buried. The noha, “Sad alvida Hussaina” is recited. After this, ziyarat Roza-e-Ashura is recited. All the people then go to each others homes for “Faqa-Shiqni” for which “Haleem” is prepared in large quantities.

Ashoor ki Juloos...

Ashoor ki Juloos...

Chhatta Azakhana...

Chhatta Azakhana...

Majlis @ Chhatta Azakhana..

Majlis @ Chhatta Azakhana..

Tazias lined up on Ashoora..

Tazias lined up on Ashoora..

Nohakhwan... Khursheed Asri with his anjuman..

Nohakhwan Khursheed Asri with his anjuman..

Sham-e-gharibaan majlis is held in all Imambargahs, the main majlis being in “Deewan Khana.” After this majlis, everyone proceeds towards “Dola Wali (Karbala)” where candles are lighted all over the place. From a distance it looks like the stars have descended on earth.

Meman has a tradition of producing good poets, nohakhwans and marsiyakhwans whose nohas and marsiyas became famous in their times. The earlier era produced stalwarts like Akhtar Raza who wrote many nohas during his time and Akhtar Abbas who used to recite them. Today the nohas written by Bhai Asif and rendered by Bhai Asad are quite famous. The current famous noha khwans of Meman include Bhai Khursheed Asri and Bhai Kaleem. Famous marsiyakhwans include Bhai Liaqat (Deewan Khana), Bhai Mohd. Ghulam, and Bhai Ismail (Noor deo’s Imambargah.) Some of these stalwarts, like Bhai Liaqat, are also teaching the younger generation in the art of marsiya khwani.

The whole village participates in the azadari processions during muharram. Sunni muslims and even Hindus in Meman bring out their own tazias and alams and seek divine blessings.

Daily majlises are held in Meman from the Soyam of Imam Hussain to 10th of Safar. Arbain Ashra begins from 10th of Safar to 20th Safar, with four majlises held daily. These majalis are held at “Deewan Khana”, “Dr. Sahab’s Imambargah”, “Jagni ka Imambargah” and “Majnu Shah ka Imambada”. Ahsra majalis in “Majnu Shah ka Imambada” started three years back. Earlier there used to be only one majlis during Arbain. On the 17th, 18th,19th and 20th Safar, processions are taken out in Meman.

From 21st Safar to 1st Rabiulawwal, majalis are held on Thursdays and Fridays. There are ashras in individual homes during this period as well. On 9th of  Rabiulawwal the “sok” ends. Throughout the year, on the occasion of wiladat of all Imams mehfils are organized and majalis held on the date of their shahadat. 13th Rajab, 3rd and 4th Shabaan, and 15th Shabaan are some of the dates when important majalis are held.

Arbaeen procession details, and detailed photo log and video log of Muharram will be uploaded shortly…

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  1. dis blog has updated my knowledge ……valuable piece of information !!

    Comment by Sahar — October 3, 2009 @ 4:03 pm

  2. Thank you Asad,great job!I enjoyed reading the article and looking at the pictures,specially reading my father’s(Akhtar Raza)
    name as a noha writer.His nohas were compiled in a book ‘kaleem-e-karbala’ ,it was published from Allahabad.This book also
    shared nohas of Azhar zaidi(Mujtaba Hasnain,brother of famous Mustafa zaidi).

    Comment by Meher Akhtar Raza — October 3, 2009 @ 4:36 pm

    • Salam… Nice to hear from you..:) Yes, I have heard about that book.. Btw, I will upload the noha that is still recited today.. “Yeh uski sawari aati hai” written by your father. I am working on the video log which will be up soon, InshaAllah..:)

      Comment by asadzaidi — October 3, 2009 @ 4:38 pm

  3. Very nice work Asad… Liked it a lot and after hearing about all this thousand times by my father and mother, finally I see it written in an organized manner. Keep it up

    Comment by Muddassir — October 5, 2009 @ 8:43 am

    • M glad you liked it Moon Bhai..:)

      Comment by asadzaidi — November 1, 2009 @ 7:54 pm

  4. Nice piece of work;I am glad that someone thought about it;Memon , Sada’t is dear to me for various reasons ; the most important one is that it is the birth and death place of my father the late Professor Akhtar Raza Zaidi, and as you mentioned,the founder of the first Anjuman-e-Hussainiya.He loved the place so much that after living in Pakistan for over three decades,he rushed back to his beloved basti when the call came for the final journey; In his Math’navi he has not only described the basti but also has shed light on important anecdotes about the basti and its people.I wish you had a copy of it to be attached to your Blog.The Math”navi starts with…..

    Ha-ay memon ki woh nafees faza;
    Baree monis baree anees faza;

    And ends with the following monologue ,summarizing all his sentiments about Memon and his love for it….

    Muz’da-ay a’ish ki payamee thee
    Tou meree madar-ay gramee thee;

    Raat ko jab damagh soutaa hai,
    dil ko mehsoos aisa houta hai;

    Naghmay ko saaz thay rahee hai tou,
    Mujh kou awaaz day rahee hai tou.

    I noticed from one of the pictures on your block that there is a Majlis right on his grave- site; the chatta masjid? please ask Sabir or somebody to request the samaeen to recite a sura-hay fateha for his and his father’s departed souls.

    Let me also take this opportunity to bring to your notice some lapses in your information on Azadaree:
    one of the important sarbarahs for a long time was Syed Ali Akhtar marhoum who also happened to be the Mukh’ia or the chief of the bastee and syed Zaigham Hussain marhoum; also important participants in the azadaree, marsia khawani and paish-khawani were Syed Aqua Hussain Marhoum, who also was one of the important poets,if not the most important poet, of the basti. He has been acknowleded in the history of marthia Goyaan of Indo-Pakistan. Lastly, the main azadari of the basti was done from the Divan Khana majalis and the main zanani majalis from the Bangleh of Hathaa and it’s chief was Amma Zamani;Prominent among the participants were Aziz Khatoon, Zareefunnissa marhouma, Akbar khatoon marhooma and Asghar Khatoon marhouma.Also an honourable mention of Shoukat Abbass Marhoum, a notable poet of the ahlay bait should be included.

    I hope you Do not mind my comments and incorporating them in your blog will only embellish your blog. It certainly won’t hurt it.In the end let me congratulate you on behalf of my entire family for undertaking this project on Memon, sada’at which once used to our basti
    too; Chacha Aqua Hussain Marhoum, summed up the sentiments of all who had to leave India after Partition
    ,when he said:

    Woh Manzil jissay hum samajhtay thay apna;
    Zamana jou badla buhat dour niklee;



    Khair- Andaish-0-Khair-Ageen,
    Urooj Akhtar Zaidi

    Comment by Urooj Akhtar Zaidi — October 8, 2009 @ 3:53 pm

    • Dear Urooj Chacha,

      I am glad you went through my blog and the additions you have suggested will be shortly incorporated in this blog. I even plan to start a dedicated website on Meman Sadaat. Some work has already started on this project. I hope to remain in touch with you and will revert to you for inputs.

      Meman is still your basti and I request all of you to attend Muharram in Meman once. After that I am sure you will be coming on your own..:)

      With best regards,
      Asad Zaidi

      Comment by asadzaidi — October 10, 2009 @ 10:52 am

  5. Salamun Aleykum,

    A very good work ..

    I am not from Memon Sadat but i have heard the name of this important Shia town in Northern India.. I am from Jais near Raebareli,

    It would not be wrong if say that these relatively small towns like Meman Sadat, Jais, Amroha, Mustafabad and many others have played a very important role and made a lasting contribution to the institution of Azadari and Shiism in India.. It is these towns which preserved Azadari when big centres like Lucknow etc were yet to blossom. Our history is indebted to the generations (our forefathers) who lived in these bastis over the last few centuries..

    May Allah make these towns the cradle of knowledge once again..


    Comment by Shabib — October 18, 2009 @ 7:11 am

    • Wasalam..
      Thank you for your kind comments..:)

      Comment by asadzaidi — November 1, 2009 @ 7:55 pm

    • salamun allakum,jahan tak mera khyal hai app aap us meman sadat ki baat kar rahe hain jisko bhanera sadat ki fizaiun taro taza rahkti hain, agar sahi hun to shayad yeh distt. BIJNOR SE TALLUK RAKHTA HAI,AGAR SACH HAI PLZ LET ME KNOW CLEAR POSITION, THEN AFTER THAT , I WILL give u so many BHOLI BISRI YADEIN .PLZ CONTCT ME BY MAIL. THANKS SMH ZAIDI.29.01.2010

      Comment by zaidi — January 28, 2010 @ 9:14 pm

      • Walaikumassalam.. Ji bilkul.. meine usi Meman Sadaat ka tazkira kia hai.. Looking forward to hearing from you soon..:)


        Comment by asadzaidi — January 28, 2010 @ 9:20 pm

  6. Bismillaah ar-Rahmaan ar-Raheem
    Very/very good this Blog akhee, masha’Allaah, CONGRATULATIONS.

    Comment by sijill313 — October 18, 2009 @ 6:47 pm

  7. Salam Bhai,
    Im not from Amroha. Nice work may Allha and Maula Help you in near future.
    visit Our Amroha’s websites.

    Comment by Masoom Raza Taqvi — October 28, 2009 @ 3:03 pm

  8. aap ko allah hamesha khushiyon se nawaze .aapne ziyarate juloose aza se ata kiya

    Comment by zoya rizvi — October 31, 2009 @ 3:02 pm

  9. i m happy to see.i m from jalali so i saw this just for the sake of knowlegde it really good job done by you may allah gives you more success in ur life.

    Comment by huma faiq abidi — November 25, 2009 @ 10:35 am

  10. its a great work done indeed.keep it up.

    Comment by arshia zaidi — December 7, 2009 @ 2:15 pm

  11. Dear Asad:
    I’m just sitting at baji’s (houston-america) and looking at your sincere effort about my birthplace i.e. memon. I just can’t seem to forget noticing when i came to memon in 1979, a young boy sitting on a tree started shouting, here they are, here they are,running shoeless, shirtless ahead of our cylcle rickshaw, showing the way to ahata. i noticed now, he’s obviously a grown up man, and baji told me he’s chacha akhtar abbas’s son sabir! i had some memorable time with him and qaiser chachi, her great smile and the hot tea she’d make for me, even before i arrived. chacha mustafa/ or daday ali akhtar would show me through the MORI, at the dusk, and then our adabi nashist with chacha abbas/shokat would start. i also had a priviledge of attending babooji’s chehlum’s majlis in the same divankhana, where he recited his last salam, before migrating to pakistan.the maqta goes like this:
    keep the goodwork up, and be careful about the historic truth.all the best…
    javed zaidi

    Comment by javed akhtar zaidi — December 12, 2009 @ 7:46 pm

  12. ASAK great work asad memon ki azadari dekh ker boht lutf aya aap ne hamary buzurgoon ke yaad taza ker de yeh sub hamary walid sibte haider bohat ishtiaq se sonaya karte thy dada ali akhter memon ke azadari ko akher waqt me bohat miss karte the mola app ko salamat rakhe khuda hafiz

    Comment by Hasnain Akhter zaidi — January 1, 2010 @ 5:03 pm

  13. Aadab To all
    I feel proud on memon ssadat and its cultural activities. Mohharram Is also a celebration with full grief and respect. All marsiyas and style of juloos reflected the real seen of karbala.

    Yours Truely
    abda zaidi
    Lingaya’s Institute of Management And Technology New Delhi-47

    Comment by abda zaidi — January 30, 2010 @ 8:11 am

  14. Thanks A lot to mr. Asad who made effort to shine the history of memon sadat with real pictures and personalities.
    Abda zaidi(Memon sadat).
    d/o Mr. Izhar mehdi zaidi

    Comment by abda zaidi — January 30, 2010 @ 8:18 am

  15. I cannot tell that you remember me. I used to visit Bhai Akhtar Raza and aapa Rehan in Shikarpur-Sind in 1952-54 with Ameer Mehdi.we were in Mohallah Sheikan with Bhai Illyas family and chacha Afsar Husain family for Inter in C & S college.
    You can contact me by e-mail.

    Comment by Syed Masood Akhtar Zaidi — February 25, 2010 @ 8:04 pm

  16. I am very happy to see this good job. May God Help you in near future.
    I am feeling good in my office to see my Azadari Place.

    Comment by Jafar Moulai — May 15, 2010 @ 12:10 pm

  17. Dear Asad,

    Asalam Alikum – your sincere effort in this regard is really commendable..i hav no words for this…well..I , syed kamran hyder zaidi s/o syed hussain hyder zaidi s/o syed riaz ul hassan zaidi,living in karachi. My grandfather,Syed riaz ul hassan zaidi,migrated from meman after partition to karachi.he was a very well known marsia khwan then back in must have heard about him. My father and other elders dont know much about our family tree as many of them got born here in karachi. we have no contacts with our relatives in meman.Can you help me in tracing my relatives there,if you have contacts with someone living in meman .

    Comment by Syed kamran hyder zaidi — March 2, 2011 @ 8:29 am

  18. I am sitting at Office in South Africa. Sudenly I thought to search Memon sadat now I found my birth place and my realatives, neighbour and all of known persons. I am very happy to see julus, Amaari, Alam and all my town peoples. I wish God give you long life.

    Jafar Moulai

    Comment by Jafar Ali Moulai — March 13, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

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