One of the most significant edifices in the Clifton locality is the tomb of Abdullah Shah Ghazi. The history of this tomb dates back to about the eighth century. It attracts about a thousand of visitors per day regardless of their religious beliefs. Abdullah Shah Ghazi was born in 720 AD and is claimed to be a direct descendant of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) through his cousin and son in law Hazrat Ali.
Ghazi came to Sind on an expedition from Medina when the ruler of Sind was Raja Dahir. He settled down in Debal, or present day Karachi. He lived a life teaching piety. Legend has it, he had the miracle to control the sea waves that would allow the fishermen to sail through a calm sea. Even to this day, some people believe that the reason Karachi is saved from natural sea disasters is due to this Arab Sufi.
Shah Ghazi died in 773 AD in an attack by unknown enemies. He was largely outnumbered but still decided to fight instead of giving up, hence he got the title Ghazi meaning warrior. His tomb had been built atop of a hill after his death. In the 1950’s- when it was first photographed- the tomb was a small hut. In Ayub Khan’s regime it was renovated, further redevelopments took place during Z.A Bhutto times. Till about a few decades the mausoleum faced instability and finally a construction took place in the 2005-07.
The building was marked by striped stones decorated with Sindhi artwork. Even though the tomb is on top the body is buried in a crypt beneath the stairs. It attracts men and women, beggars, street hawks, tattoo artists, astrologers, drug addicts and the homeless alike. People from all over the country come to visit this place. According to the locals, the prayers do not go un listened at this shrine.
Today, the make-up of the mazaar is ongoing. The structure has been completely changed due to the addition of the Bahria Tower Icon. Instead of the remarkable stripes, the tomb is covered with yellow limestone and is unrecognizable. Many of the locals are unhappy with the recent alteration of the building, however, this has not stopped people to visit and pray to this Arab Sufi.
Social media can be one of the most powerful tools that a person can you use to raise your voice. You can fight evil, do justice to the unjust, turn tables and maybe start a revolution. However, with one misuse, there are a lot of users that face misogyny and hate.
Living in the twenty first century, it feels impossible to be without internet, WE LIVE FOR THE INTERNET, to please others or maybe just to please our souls that we’re better than others. An interesting fact to know is that many people raise their unheard voices. Many people give their unwanted opinions that infamously include: judging on clothing, judging on smoking, judging on posting picture and the last, judging on simply breathing. The trolls do not know the impact they put on the lives of people. Sitting behind a computer with a veil on and bashing others does not make them a better human rather, it shows how miserable and unhappy they are with their lives. They do not comprehend that the people providing you entertainment on the internet are HUMANS. They have feelings, they have the statistic section and go through comments that make them more hateful towards the masses.
Instead of love, these trolls look for mishaps and spread their evil words in the form on comments and reacts. They looks for your weaknesses to exploit them from behind a screen. They type 30 words per minute to bash you for the things you never intended. These trolls want to take the best of you. Keep this in mind, these people are insane creatures with access to internet and they should be debarred .
The conflict between the Shia and Sunni Muslims can be dated back to the death of Holy Prophet (PBUH). The major distinction that arose during that time is considered to be rather political than spiritual. The chain of events that were set into motion since that time has still impacted Islam even after 14,000 years.
Shia-t-Ali (party of Ali) were the followers of Ali ibn-Talib-the cousin and the son-in-law of Islam’s last Messenger. After the demise of the Holy Prophet (PBUH, a conflict arose on who was to rule the community. A consensus was formed, and Abu-Bakr was chosen as the successor. This created a displeasure among the Muslims who though that the ruler of the community should be based on Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) first family.
Ali’s succession as a Caliph was in times of turmoil and confusion. Due to the assassination of Usman-the third Caliph- prominent Muslims including: Muawiya (the ruler of Syria and relative of Usman) and Aisha -the wife of Holy Prophet (PBUH)-were asking Ali to avenge the death of Usman. This was denied by Ali on the basis that he did not want to try someone wrongfully. This contradiction led to the first war amongst the Muslim community in the form of Battle of Camel and Battle of Siffin.
After the assassination of Ali, Hasan ibn-Ali was the successor however, he later retired to Medina. Muawaiya became the leader of the community and ruled till his death. He was succeeded by his son Yazid I. Because of the differences between the Muslim communities, they asked Husayn-ibn-Ali to fight for Islam as he was the grandson of Muhammad (PBUH). Husayn marched a small army to Iraq and prepared for a battle. It is at this battle that Husayn and his family had been martyred.
The Karbala battle puts an indelible mark on Islam for all Muslims regardless of the sect. It was after this episode that the Shia Muslims became more prominent in their reverence for the Ah-ly-Bait (family of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). The difference between the two sects has given rise to ethical, political and social issues and till this day affects the lives of millions. There is no clear proof that which sect is better than the other however, it should be kept in mind that Shia, Sunni and all other sects are the followers of Allah, Quran and the Holy Prophet (PBUH).