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An 800-Year-Old Piece of Indian Heritage in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM :

The Ansari family in front of their house in Jerusalem. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/The Indian Hospice)
The Ansari family in front of their house in Jerusalem. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/The Indian Hospice)

 

Did you know that there is a corner of Jerusalem that has a distinct Indian stamp to it and its various residents wear their Indian origin like a medal?

Next to the Al-Aqsa mosque in the city there is the Indian Hospice in Jerusalem. The hospice is managed by the Ansari family and has a centuries-old connect to India.

The Indian Hospice in Jerusalem. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/The Indian Hospice)
The Indian Hospice in Jerusalem. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/The Indian Hospice)

Indian pilgrims to the “holy city” of Jerusalem, can stay at the ‘Indian Hospice’ and pay homage to the Indian Sufi saint Baba Faridudding of Shakar Ganj, who visited the place 800 years ago.

Seen here, celebrated Indian chef Samjeev Kapoor at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/The Indian Hospice)
Seen here, celebrated Indian chef Samjeev Kapoor at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/The Indian Hospice)

The Indian Connection Through Baba Farid

The year is 1200, a little over a decade after the armies of Saladin had forced the Christian Crusaders out of Jerusalem. And an Indian Sufi saint from Punjab named Baba Fariduddin of Shakar Ganj travels to the war torn city.

The victory of Saladin against the Crusaders. Balian of Ibelin surrendering the city of Jerusalem to Saladin, from Les Passages faits Outremer par les Français contre les Turcs et autres Sarrasins et Maures outremarins, c. 1490. (Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia)
The victory of Saladin against the Crusaders. Balian of Ibelin surrendering the city of Jerusalem to Saladin, from Les Passages faits Outremer par les Français contre les Turcs et autres Sarrasins et Maures outremarins, c. 1490. (Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia)

 

Sufi saint Baba Farid (Photo Courtesy: Seeker of Sacred Knowledge)
Sufi saint Baba Farid (Photo Courtesy: Seeker of Sacred Knowledge)

It is said that Baba Farid swept the stone floors around al-Aqsa mosque as a mark of devotion. He is also known to have taken up fasting in the silence of a cave nearby.

Long after he went back to India, Muslims from the sub-continent who passed Jerusalem on their way to Mecca stopped at this spot in memory of Baba Farid. It became a sort of temporary residence for the pilgrims.

Ansaris Deputed To Care For Baba Farid’s Legacy

In early 1920s, Jerusalem’s Supreme Muslim Council requested the leaders of the Khilafat Movement of British-ruled India to nominate someone to care for the hospice. The Khilafat leaders honoured the request of the Supreme Council then headed by Arab nationalist Mohammed Amin Al-Husseini. That is how in 1924 Sheikh Nazir Hasan Ansari – who was also part of the Khilafat Movement – was chosen to go to Jerusalem to take charge of the hospice.

Sheikh Nazir Hasan Ansari (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/The Indian Hospice)
Sheikh Nazir Hasan Ansari (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/The Indian Hospice)

 

Sheikh Munir Ansari who now heads the place, seen here as a boy. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/The Indian Hospice)
Sheikh Munir Ansari who now heads the place, seen here as a boy. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/The Indian Hospice)

His son Sheikh Munir Ansari now heads the place. The two have during their respective years as administrator of the hospice, persuaded the rulers of several Indian Muslim states, including Hyderabad, to make contributions for the upkeep of the hospice. Munir’s son Nazeer proudly explains the glorious history of the place.

Not only pilgrims, but Indians from all walks of life who visit Israel like to meet the Ansaris. They are amazed by the way the Ansaris care for that piece of India in the land of Arab-Jewish confluence. Past visitors include famous journalists, presidents, Indian politicians, celebrities and commoners.

The Ansaris have been gracious hosts to many Indian journalists. Seen in this picture, among other journalists is Suhasini Haider of The Hindu. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/The Indian Hospice)
The Ansaris have been gracious hosts to many Indian journalists. Seen in this picture, among other journalists is Suhasini Haider of The Hindu. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/The Indian Hospice)

 

Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar at The Indian Hospice. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/The Indian Hospice)
Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar at The Indian Hospice. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/The Indian Hospice)

 

President Pranab Mukherjee too visited The Indian Hospice in Jerusalem. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/The Indian Hospice)
President Pranab Mukherjee too visited The Indian Hospice in Jerusalem. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/The Indian Hospice)

The Ansaris value the responsibility that comes with the inheritance of the heritage. Their FB page says:

Maintaining and protecting an Indian institution in Jerusalem’s old city is no easy task. But Sheikh Munir has accomplished the impossible with delicate diplomacy and extreme tact.

The Indian Hospice

The Ansaris on a visit to India. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/The Indian Hospice)
The Ansaris on a visit to India. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/The Indian Hospice)

The Ansari family has been a steady presence in Jerusalem ever since and they all still carry Indian passports.

source: http://www.thequint.com / The Quint / Home> News Videos / by Kirti Phadtatre Pandey / July o4th,2017

 

Proud that my son fought like a lion for his country: Sher Mohammad’s mother

Meerut , UTTAR PRADESH :

Meerut:

When Fareeda Bibi  heard that her son Sher Mohammad — a CRPF constable+ who was part of the battalion that was ambushed in Sukma — had been taken to a Raipur hospital with five bullet wounds, her heart sank.

It was much later that someone in her village of Aasifabad Chanpura in Bulandshahr, UP, told her that her son had taken down at least three Maoists even as he collapsed in unbearable agony. That’s when she smiled a bit. “I am proud that my son fought like a lion for his country,” the 65-year-old said. “He is keeping alive a tradition that our family is known for.”

Sher’s father Noor Mohammad served in the Indian Army and retired with honour. His uncle Abdul Salam was also in the Army and retired 10 years ago.
“When Sher’s son Sohail, 2, grows up, I will ensure he, too, devotes his life to protect this country,” she said.

Though TOI could not independently verify details about Sher’s encounter with Maoists, the jawan told a TV channel from his hospital bed in Raipur that the 74th Battalion of the CRPF was overseeing construction of a road when about 300 Naxals ambushed them with AK-47 rifles+ .

“The 99 CRPF soldiers fought hard. We retaliated, gave them a fitting response. We were able to gun down at least 11 to 12 Naxals. I myself shot down two-three,” Sher has been quoted as saying. He was caught by machine gun fire in the waist and knee.

Sitting on a charpoy in her modest house, Fareeda said the whole village is praying for her son’s recovery.

“We know what it means to join the Army or CRPF,” she said. “There is risk, of course. But patriotism flows in our veins.”

Waris Ali, Sher’s eldest brother, was the first one to receive news of the attack through an acquaintance who saw the report on TV.

Waris told TOI: “As soon as we heard about the incident, we called up CRPF authorities in Raipur. They said Sher was being cared for, so there was no need to rush (to Raipur). I drove down this morning from Delhi, where I work, to be with my mother.”

A large number of villagers have gathered around Fareeda and Waris, consoling them and praying with them. One of them, Aqleem Ali said, “We are a big family. A large number of our relatives are in the armed forces. Sher has done something every fauji would do under such circumstances. He will come back.”

source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> News> City News> Meerut News / by Sandeep Rai / TNN / April 26th, 2017

Watch ‘Dastaan-e-Rafi’, a Special Feature exploring the life of Mohammed Rafi

Mumbai, MAHARASHTRA :

On the occasion on his 92nd birth anniversary watch Dastaan-e-Rafi, a special feature paying tribute to the legendary Mohammed Rafi on 24th December at 10 AM .

The special feature  sheds light on every aspect of the legend’s life. With over 5 years’ worth of research and close to 60 interviews, this is  a detailed account of his personal life and professional relationships. Catch a glimpse of his  childhood brother, Siddique Rafi, who lives in Lahore, Pakistan. Take  a look at the insights  that would shape Mohammed Rafi into the Legend he became .

Watch his illustrious colleagues  Shammi Kapoor,Manoj Kumar amongst others  reminisce about him. Other greats like Jeetendra, Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor ,and the younger generation  of Sonu Nigam, Javed Ali express  their gratitude for him.

http://www.zeeclassic.com/promos/watch-dastaan-e-rafi-special-feature-exploring-the-life-mohammed-rafi

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These Hyderabadis are new YouTube sensation

Hyderabad, TELANGANA  :

Viral guys:Syed Viquaruddin, Mohd Abdul Samad, Mizbahuddin and Syed Atif teamed up as Kantriguyz and started making videos in 2013.-Photo: By arrangement
Viral guys:Syed Viquaruddin, Mohd Abdul Samad, Mizbahuddin and Syed Atif teamed up as Kantriguyz and started making videos in 2013.-Photo: By arrangement

They are now recognised in public places

A few random concepts and some funny videos later, these content creators from twin cities are now the brand ambassadors of YouTube. Life has changed all of a sudden for these Hyderabadis who are now recognised in public places and pressured to come up with better videos. Jahnavi Dasetty, who runs her own channel ‘Mahathalli’ and Syed Viquar Mohiuddin of ‘Kantriguyz’ were speakers at the YouTube ‘Happy Hour’ event organised in the city recently.

Less than a year after she uploaded her first video, Jahnavi has now more than one lakh subscribers to her credit. Till date, she has made close to 30 videos in which she essays different characters. “I play simple characters which everyone relates to. I think that clicked well with the viewers,” says Jahnavi who played a middle-class youngster troubled by her mother to get married. Jahnavi, who is interested direction as well, also landed up a role in a Telugu movie after her videos went viral. She also went on to collaborate with other popular creators like Chicago Subbarao.

With their signature Hyderabadi lingo and style, four youngsters, Syed Viquaruddin, Mohd Abdul Samad, Mizbahuddin and Syed Atif teamed up as Kantriguyz and started making videos in 2013.

“There was only one content provider making funny videos in the language that Hyderabadis speak but they were not our inspiration. We followed The Viral Fever channel closely and made Hyderabadi version of a spoof which went viral,” said Mr. Mohiuddin, who is pursuing BBA degree. “We are recognised wherever we go. We are asked by people to make more videos because of which we plan to upload at least three videos a month.”

Their channel has more than 20,000 subscribers.

The youngster has set himself a target too. “If my channel gets more than one lakh subscribers within two years, I will pursue a career in this field.” David Powell, Online Partner Operations efforts across Asia-Pacific, YouTube said that the traditional media content uploaded in India is increasing by 75% every year. He said that a number of events are being conducted by them across the country to encourage regional content providers and provide a platform for them to network and collaborate.

source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / by Rahul Devulapalli / Hyderabad – November 02nd, 2016

The Quint: Vadodara Mosque Claims to House World’s Largest Quran

 

Published on May 23, 2016

The Juma Masjid in Vadodara houses a unique 250-year-old Quran. At six and a half feet long, and four and a half feet wide, members of the mosque trust claim it to be world’s largest Quran.

Handwritten by Mohammad Ghous nearly 250 years ago, two volumes of the Holy Quran were restored at the Jama Masjid in Vadodara in May

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‘My plan is no plan’: Saqib Saleem

NEW DELHI / Mumbai (MAHARASHTRA ) :

Shweta Tripathi and Saqib Saleem in “Koi Dekh Lega”
Shweta Tripathi and Saqib Saleem in “Koi Dekh Lega”

Effortlessly straddling between three minute and three hour formats, Saqib Saleem will now don the Indian cricket team’s colours on screen

Fondly remembered as the good-for-nothing son in the comedy Mere Dad Ki Maruti, Saqib Saleem continues to enthral his fans with his performance in Koi Dekh Lega, a part of Love Shots, the Y-Films web series where he plays a visually-impaired lover.

Soon the actor will be essaying the role of an aggressive, contemporary batsman in Rohit Dhawan’s, Dishoom. Saqib who bats for Sohail Khan’s Mumbai Heroes in the Celebrity Cricket League shares his love for the game, how he works to etch his roles real and his three-minute film Koi Dekh Lega.

Edited excerpts from an interview:

It is said that love is blind. Your recent short film Koi Dekh Lega is about being in love and blissfully blind to the world.

When I first read it, I thought it was a sweet and genuine script. Our intention was to try and not let people know that we are playing blind. Yes, if someone catches then great and if not then people come to know in climax. Our intention was to make honest film and celebrate the feeling of love. That love can happen at a bus stop.

Much after the release of the film do we get to know if it was well made or not. When you see the reactions of your audience you get to know how the film was. However, it was really interesting working in the Koi Dekh Lega. The whole idea is you need to tell a story whether it’s in the form of short film, a feature or a TV show. If that’s coming across, you have won the battle.

How challenging it is for an actor to move from three hours to three minutes?

It is very challenging because when you are doing a feature you have lots of time to establish yourself as the character. But, when you do something like Koi Dekh Lega it tests your abilities in just three minutes in which we have to make people understand the character and evoke emotions – where is it coming from and where will it go.

What was it like working with Shweta Tripathi?

I have known Shweta for five years. Films that we were supposed to do did not work out for one or the other reason. So we were really looking forward to do a film together since very long. This time, I called up Shweta and said, ‘Let’s shoot!’ without any discussions as this chance may not turn up again. She is a refined and fabulous actor, who does films and other things for a reason. In Koi Dekh Laga, I was so busy performing that it is only in the final film I got to see her performance. She was undoubtedly amazing.

On inspiration for playing the characters

My plan is no plan! Explore everything that is possible. I do not draw inspiration from someone particular. I just look around and observe people and catch the nuances that will be useful and can be brought into the character. I want to make the character feel more real and relatable with the audience. At times, someone’s action or body language strikes and stays with you and I try to incorporate them. If the ingredients are right, your dish will just turn out to be perfect.

As somebody who has played cricket how tough or easy was it to essay the role in “Dishoom”.

For me, playing a cricketer on-screen was interesting. You’ll see me playing the role of today’s Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina or Rohit Sharma who are doing very well for the country. I have always wanted to be a cricketer and aspired to play as an opening batsman with Sachin Tendulkar. As a daily ritual I used to say to his huge poster, ‘One day I will play with you.’ But, things just don’t go the way you plan and that is when acting happened to me. Someone like me who always wanted to wear an Indian jersey is ready to wear it now in the film. Since I’ve always been a sportsperson it was slightly easy to play this character but the most difficult and important part was to get the body language right. Moreover, Rohit Dhawan is a director who keeps thinking about making things better.

Watch the short film Koi Dekh Lega starring Saqib Saleem and Shweta Tripathi

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source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Features> MetroPlus / Vidhi Mittal / March 20th, 2016

Humanity Is Alive: Matin Bhai From Latur Is Providing Water In Drought Times

Latur (Marathwada region) , MAHARASHTRA :

Published on Apr 28, 2016

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Humanity Is Alive: Matin Bhai From Latur Is Providing Water In Drought Times

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Latur’s Good Samaritan: This man gives away 10,000 litres of water daily to help his neighbours

Latur (Marathwada region) , MAHARASHTRA :

In the drought-struck land of Latur, Sheikh Mateen Musa has been distributing over 10,000 litres of water from his borewell everyday among his neighbours for the past three months. And he has been doing so free of charge.

Sheikh Mateen Musa. Source: Video screengrab
Sheikh Mateen Musa. Source: Video screengrab

What would you do if your house was the only one with running water, while your neighbours’ taps went dry?

As you ponder over that, let us tell you the story of Latur’s Mateen Bhai.

The severe water shortage raging through Latur and elsewhere in Maharashtra has been all over the news. In this crisis, instead of locking up his borewell, Sheikh Mateen Musa has been distributing over 10,000 litres of water among his neighbours everyday.

And he has been doing that for free for the past three months.

His story was brought to light by Facebook page Voice Of Ram. In a video uploaded in this page, those witness to Mateen Bhai’s benevolent actions have no end to his praises.

“Mateen sir is not the name of a man, he is the name of action,” says one of his neighbours. ” If anyone can teach how to serve humankind, it is Mateen Bhai.”

“We ask them to take money in exchange of the water, but he sternly refuses,” says another woman about Mateen Bhai. “He tells us to take as much water as we need for free.”

A mathematics teacher in a local school, Mateen Bhai seems quite oblivious to the fame he has been garnering for his good works. In fact, he believes he has been doing nothing outstanding but just giving away what belongs to others in the first place.

“The water in my borewell may be the water others are destined to have, so they are only taking away what belongs to them,” says Mateen Bhai. “It is nothing mine to give.”

When asked what he would do if his borewell ran out of water, Mateen Bhai laughingly says, “When that happens, even I will pick up a pot and go around looking for water like others.”

https://www.facebook.com/VoiceOfRamDotOrg/videos/1274945099201465/

It is people like Mateen Bhai who remind the rest of the world that charity begins at home, and that humanity is bound by no race and religion.

source: http://www.indiatoday.intoday.in / IndiaToday.in / Home> News> FYI / by Shreya Biswas / New Delhi – April 27th, 2016