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Tribute to Shaheed Prof Sibte Jaffer Zaidi held at KSIJ, Kinshasa, DRC

The Khoja Shia Isna Asheri Jamaat of Kinshasa, Congo held a Tribute in memory of Shaheed Prof Sibte Jaffer who was shot in Pakistan on March 18, 2013.  The targeted attacks against minority Shias have become a routine and tragic affair in Pakistan for the last 15-20 years. Sadly, the frequency has increased and operations have become more organized in the last 3-4 years, be it in the tribal belt of Hangu, the Western valley of Quetta or the Southern Port city of Karachi.

Ustaad Sibte Jaffar, as he was popularly known among poet lovers as well as among the thousands of students world-wide, was the Principal of a Government College in Karachi.  On his way back home from College riding his old 70cc motorbike, he was shot at a close range by the waiting terrorists; Ustaad was 55 years of age. He left behind a widow and 3 children.

A large audience attending the Tribute Program at KSI Jamaat  in Kinshasa, Congo on 18th March 2013

As per the Will of Ustaad, Jashne Shahadat was held at KSI Jamaat, Kinshasa on Thursday, March 28, 2013 after Maghribain prayers.  About 400 men and women attended the program.  The program started with the recitation of Holy Quran, Hadees-e-Kisa followed by the all-time famous manqabat of Ustaad "Jashn ham manaiy'nge..... Jab Imam (ATFS) aayi'nge" by Br. Shuja.

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The resident Aalim, Molana M. Rizwan briefly highlighted the achievements and biography of Shaheed Ustaad. He informed the audience about his not so known lively speeches apart from the poetry listened all over the world among the lovers of Urdu.  Molana Saheb said that Ustaad was a legend in reviving the art of soazkhwani, a distinctive part of Urdu poetry recited in the love of Ahlul Bayt (AS).  Molana Saheb ended with Ustaad's exclusive stanzas written by him to be recited only after his martyrdom.

Br. Ali Vazir then narrated the Tribute written by Abu Roohullah – a close friend of Ustaad.  This tribute is uploaded on the website of www.soazkhwani.com, the official website of "Idarae Tarweeje Soazkhwani" (Institute for the promotion of soazkhwani) founded by Ustaad Sbite Jaffer for the promotion and revival of the art of soazkhwani.

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At the end of the program, a short video paying homage to the Shaheed was played on a big screen bringing the audience to remember Ustaad Sibte Jaffer and his beautiful poetry work.

The Tribute program ended with the recitation of Duae Imam-e-Zamana (ATFS) followed by Niaz.

Let us remember Marhum Ustaad Sibte Jaffer and all Marhumeens with Sura-e-Fateha.

With Duas,

Hon. Secretary
KSI Jamaat, Kinshasa, DRC

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