Anjuman-e-Haideri
Historical Perspective of the Anjuman

For the preservation and upkeep of the trust of Dargah Shah-e-Mardan an Anjuman was formed as its trustee in the year 1947 A.D. by the name of ‘Guldasta-e-Haideri’. Its name was later changed to Anjuman-e-Haideri. The Anjuman was registered in the year 1954 A.D. under the leadership of Nawab Zain Yar Jung and Colonel Bashir Husain Zaidi. Col Zaidi was also made the Chairman of the management committee of the Karbala. Other founder members of the Anjuman were Janab Agha Mirza, Janab Maulana Syed Sulaiman Abbas Rizvi, Janab Mehmood Husain Naqvi Tabish, Janab S Husain Ali Jafri, Janab Hamid Husain Zaidi and Janab Ishtiaq Husain Shariq to name a few.

 

The List of Presidents till date:

  • Janab Syed Abid Ali
  • Janab Syed Husain Ali Jafri
  • Janab Syed Muzafffar Husain Zaidi
  • Janab Syed Askari Rizvi Marhoom
  • Janab Syed Abul Kalam Qaiser Zaidi
  • Janab Syed Mehmood Haider Naqvi
  • Janab Lt Col Asad Ali Rizvi
  • Janab S M Aqil Kazmi
  • Janab Ali Irshad Rizvi
  • Janab Mushir Ali Mirza
  • Janab S. Ali Zaheen Naqvi
  • Janab S. Nayyar Ali Taqvi

The List of Secretaries till date:

Janab Agha Mirza Qazil Bash

  • Janab Syed Aulad Husain ‘Saqi’ Lucknowi
  • Janab Baqar Mehdi
  • Janab Syed Askari Rizvi
  • Janab Amrat Husain
  • Janab Zulfiqar Ahmed
  • Janab Shakir Husain
  • Janab Syed Zeeshan Raza Zaidi
  • Janab Syed Jafar Abbas Safvi
  • Janab Mushir Ali Mirza
  • Janab Syed Jafar Abbas Safavi
  • Janab Syed Nayyer Ali
  • Janab S. Raza Irshad Rizvi
  • Janab S. Bahadur Abbas Naqvi

 

The memorandum of the Anjuman was amended in 1996-97 and was also translated in English language. As per it the Managing Committee of 20 persons is to be formed after election by members of the Anjuman.

 

In 1995 the strength of the Anjuman was about 100. It then kept on increasing to 129 in 1998, 149 in 2001and 176 till September 2004. The elected body of 2004-07, declared through court, is still caretaker of the management of the trust.

 

To this day the Anjuman looks after the activities of Shah-e-Mardan and the Karbala and are their official caretakers (mutawalli). The Management Committee holds regular meetings for discussing the various agendas and to review the progress of the initiatives taken.

 

The latest initiative includes preparing a Master Plan for the protection and beautification of Dargah.

The major works include construction of an Entrance gate, Boundary wall, an Office of the Anjuman, a Clinic, an extensive Library, a modern Conference Room, Educational Institute, flats for the Pesh Imam, Muezzin, Dargah workers and tenants, enlargement of Majlis Khana, a separate hall for the ladies, enlargement of the Mosque, Construction of Colonel B.H. Zaidi Hall, modern Air-conditioned rooms for bathing and kafan of dead bodies.

 

(Reference from Dilli ke Dargah Shah-e-Mardan- Janab Khaliq Anjum, 1988 and reports of Anjuman-S J Abbas Safavi)


 

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Ignaz Goldziher on Imam Husain

(1850-1921) Famous Hungarian orientalist scholar.

q       "Ever since the black day of Karbala, the history of this family … has been a continuous series of sufferings and persecutions.  These are narrated in poetry and prose, in a richly cultivated literature of martyrologies - a Shi'i specialty - and form the theme of Shi'i gatherings in the first third of the month of Muharram, whose tenth day ('ashura) is kept as the anniversary of the tragedy at Karbala.  Scenes of that tragedy are also presented on this day of commemmoration in dramatic form (ta'ziya).  'Our feast days are our assemblies of mourning.' So concludes a poem by a prince of Shi'i disposition recalling the many mihan of the Prophet's family.  Weeping and lamentation over the evils and persecutions suffered by the 'Alid family, and mourning for its martyrs: these are things from which loyal supporters of the cause cannot cease.  'More touching than the tears of the Shi'is' has even become an Arabic proverb."

[Introduction to Islamic Theology and Law, Princeton, 1981, p. 179]