For the last so many days i was thinking to share these thoughts of my one friend and devoted shia Mr. Firoz shakir with you. I always call him..“A true shia from inside”
Yesterday ,at noon I decided to first time after Ashura attend a majis at Chapel Road, of a very good devout Shia gentleman, Mr Akthar Imam of Lucky Decorators , actually Mr Akthar Imam is the only person I have seen whose house majlis is attended by all communities, Hindus , Christians Shias and Sunnis.
So it was imperative I go, like me there are others who don’t go anywhere, but are seen at Mr Akthar Imams majlis.
Mr Akthar Rizvi MP Celebrity builder, educationist politician, attends it come what may.
Local politicians, local Sunni residents, my friend Trevor Fuis too was there , Mr Abbas Kazmi poster boy of criminal law, a good friend and guide was also here with his goodlokng son Ali.
Also Munna photographer who stays close to Mr Akthar Imams house who carted me to his house too take my pictures.
The Majlis was recited by Maulana Zaki Baqri, was well attended, actor Javed Jaffery and his son Meenaz was there too.
Maulana Zaki Baqris majlis are very accurate in their thought process, always within the parameter of the subject that he is speaking about; he involves you completely as you involuntarily shake your head in assent to his logical conclusions.
Than after the discourse, which my wife said that the Maulana was perhaps talking about me, Maulana was hinting that you either believe in Islam completely, or don’t believe n it all, in short , Islam is a complete package , you cant just take what you like and discard what you don’t like.
Of course his quote on the Indian actress was not in good taste.., about the actress having said that Hijab is never been mentioned in the Holy Koran.
I know the actress Shabana Azmi said that the Hijab is a garment of Modesty and is not a compulsion.
Any way I cried during the Masaib, at the end of the Majlis gave him my visiting card, as I don’t go to the Bandra Khoja Shia Mosque, so the only place I can meet the Maulana in private is when he invites me to his house of stay in Mumbai.,
Wife and Samiya before I left for the majlis were grumbling about my jewellery that I had on my person, I wear complete black as you all know, also I don’t wear slippers or shoe.
I did not carry my camera here.
This was my first public appearance, at a Moharam event in Mumbai.
March 9th, 2007 at 8:28 am