One hundred and eighteen Shia Muslims were martyred in Therhi on June 6, 1963 on the sacred day of ‘Yom-e-Aashura’ during the tenure of military dictator Ayub Khan. They sacrificed their precious lives for the sacred cause of the protection of Azadari.
THEHRHI is located around 8 kilometer when we travel by road from district Khairpur to Sukkur. In 1963, the population of THERHI was around 4 to 5 thousands, out of them 99 percent belonged to the nasbi ‘Wahabi Sect’ while there was only one house of Shia named Mehdi Shah. There was also a very big Madrassa of Wahabis in the locality. On 6th of June, a Majlis (congregation to commemorate the tragedy of Karbala) was being held in which around 15 to 20 Maumineen (Shias) had gathered.
A Jaloos(religious procession) was also scheduled after this gathering, but during the gathering some stalwarts attacked and severely injured the audience.
The news of this mishap was reported by Nawab Sultan Hussain to the residents of Mohalla Luqman (a nearby thickly populated locality of Shias) around 2 p.m. where a religious procession had already been brought out.
Maumineen became very sentimental by this news and raised Alams (Sacred flags hoisted during the procession) and said ‘Let the procession of THERHI should be brought out first, we would have later’. In this situation the uncle of Allama Irfan Haider Abidi (late) namely Sibtain Hussain, who was a renowned Zakir-e-Hussain (orator) came forward and said ’ Today it’s a war between Hussainiat and Yazidism’. Hearing this, the participants of mourning procession marched towards THERHI shouting slogans of ‘Ya Ali.’
The processionists, who marched towards THERHI, comprised of people from children aged 8 years to persons of 55 years. They had to cross Khairpur city to reach THERHI therefore the procession of Aashura was also taken out in Khairpur .The residents of Luqman said to people of Khairpur to accompany them, at this time some people said that enemy has planned attack and they should also prepare to counter, however, ignoring the facts, around 4 to 5 thousand people of Luqman and Khairpur marched towards THERHI, all of them unarmed except Naseem Haider Abbas (who was martyred) had got a revolver. When they reached THERHI it was around 6 p.m. close to dusk.
On the other hand the residents of THERHI were well armed and hidden on several places to attack.
The house of Mehdi Shah was in the middle of THERHI, the lanes were narrow, hardly 3 feet wide and due to firing and stone pelting only 150 to 200 people were able to reach his house, the rest awaited outside the city.
At the time of dusk someone said that the Army has arrived and hearing. This the people who went there without planning and leadership left for Khairpur. After the departure of these people, the Wahabis of THERHI encircled the Imambargah (place of congregation) of Mehdi Shah and in a brutal way, following the tradition of their ancestors, killed the Shias ruthlessly with the help of rifles, axes, knives and stone pelting. Further they put to the fire Shamiana (shade)which fell on the injured people. Even cattle were hurled on the dead and injured to inflict further pain.
At midnight, Wahabis of THERHI impersonated them as Shias, took empty water buckets and shouted the slogan of ‘Ya Hussain’ walking in groups among the injured and deceased. They were asking if someone need water, whoever requested for water they slaughtered him ruthlessly. (It must be noted that most of the people who slaughtered Maumineen were the Hafiz-e-Quran, students of Wahhabi madrassa. In this way, the Maumineen sacrificed their lives but did not ask for help and died following the tradition of Hazrat Imam Hussain (A.S.)
Now almost all of the Maumineen in THERHI were martyred, but the tyranny of Wahabis was not over. To hide their heinous crime they collected all the dead bodies and put them in an empty well and planned to burn them after putting kerosene oil. However, the police arrived and took the dead bodies into custody. Another reason for the failure in the burning of dead was that The Assistant Director Information of that time Mr. Ishtiaq Azher and the reporter of APP Mr. Ali Akbar Zaidi had already released the news of the death of more then 100 people to the local and international media.
Later the dead bodies were shifted to the Civil Hospital Khairpur from THERHI and kept in hospital’s compound. Among them there was a body of a Wahabi, which was stinking. The doctors kept his body separately. The relatives took their bodies after identification to their houses without post-mortem. Next day the burial of the martyrs was started, which took place on several places. However, on the advice of the leader of the congregational prayer of the Central Mosque of Mohalla Luqman, Molana Safdar Hussain, the martyrs of Luqman were buried at one place which was named Ganj-e-Shaheedan (the adobe of the martyrs).
It must be noted that next day when the bodies were carried for burial, almost 22 to 23 hours had been passed, the weather was extremely hot and there was a failure of electricity at several places. Despite all these facts, the bodies of martyrs were fresh and even blood was running from several of them.
Around 5 p.m. all dead bodies which were 32 in number were gathered in the Central Imambargah of Luqman. Among the dead there were the bodies of two young brothers, whose father was standing nearby, and when someone condole him on the death of his sons he replied with patience ‘My sons were not better than the sons of Hazrat Zainab (peace b e upon her). There were two families in Luqman, whose two sons were martyred in this tragedy. The bodies were taken to the graveyard around 6 p.m. from Central Imambargah.
It should be noted that the population of Mohallah Luqman was around 6 to 7 thousand at that time, among them around 90 percent were Shias and 10 percent were Sunnis who were mainly concentrated in Kawnpur colony. After the tragedy of THERHI, when almost from every lane one or two persons’ bodies was taken for burial, the people of Kawnpur colony became very frightened and due to the fear of retaliation, they started migrating from their houses. When the Shias of Luqman asked them about the reason, they expressed their apprehension, at that moment the Shia assured them of their security and told them that we have grievances against the people of THEHRH and they remained there.
The people of Luqman also saw, the character of the follower of Imam Hussain A.S., when the burial procession of 32 martyrs that consisted of thousands of people crossed Kawnpur colony, neither even a single stone was pelted nor any resident was disturbed. After observing this character, the leader of the congregational prayer of the Kawnpur colony mosque, Mr. Siddique, who used to recite Marsia written by his father on loudspeaker all night, started attending the Majalis (religious gathering in the memory of the tragedy of Karbala) and also started reciting his own composed Marisas. When he died, people offered his Namaz-e-Janaza twice, once by the Shias because he said in his will that he should be buried as Shia. He also said in his will that second namaz-e-janaza should be held by the Sunnis because they considered him the leader of the congregational prayer.
Wow, i had no idea about this one. Now it makes sense why so many Sikhs rush to Lahore for pilgrimage and always say extra good things about it.
This day in history:
Between 250 and 500 (a definitive number is unknown) innocent Vietnamese villagers, consisting mostly of elderly men, women and children, are killed and their village is destroyed in what is later known as the “My Lai Massacre.” The incident is covered up by high-ranking military officers and not reported to the public until an investigative journalist catches wind of the story more than a year and a half later.
The massacre itself was finally put to an end after American helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson landed between a group of soldiers and villagers, threatening to shoot his fellow soldiers should they have continued.
The photo above shows one group of villagers seconds before they were killed.
March 16, 1968 - 44 years ago today.
After ww2, after looking at the atrocities committed by hitler, the western powers decided to give Jews a homeland. But instead of that country being somewhere in europe, probably carved out of germany (since they’re the ones who committed the crimes) the U.N decided that it should be where the British territory of Palestine was. Now this decision had come in 1948. The truth of the matter was, before WW2, the jewish population in Palestine was close to 4%. But due to the continued exile and holocaust and ww2, the jews had started fleeing their historical home of Europe. Jews that escaped from Austria, Hungary, Germany, Poland etc were denied haven in the U.S, Britain, or France. But the Palestinians accepted the refugees with open arms. So throughout this period, we see a rapid migration of Jews from Europe to Palestine. By 1948, the Jews made up about 40some% of the people living in Palesinte. Now remember, this 40some% is made up of a majority of refugee Jews, not Citizen Jews. Yes, there were some minor clashes between the refugees and the Arab citizens of Palestine. But that is to be expected when we see such a large refugee influx, infact anti0semitism was soo prevalent in Britain and France and USA that it was the main reason why they didn’t accept Jewish refugees in the first place. They wanted to avoid such clashes.
Now when U.N comes out and divides Palestine in 1948. It does so such that Jerusalem becomes an international city, 52% of the land is allotted to Jews as Israel, and 48% of the land is allotted to the Palestinians. Basically giving the majority of the land to the minority of population which had just immigrated there. Of course this division was unacceptable to the Arabs. But thanks to U.S arms and Zionist mindset, the Immigrant Jews triumphantly kicked the Arabs out of their land. Over the years, the imperialist “European” character the “European Jews” had brought with them showed more and more brutality and took over more and more land that belonged to the Palestine. We can call the people who express such “Imperialistic European jewish” characteristics as Zionists for short.
Now as far as Hamas is concerned. Hamas does not complicate things. What complicates things is the P.A actually. After the division, as a resistance mechanism, the Palestinians formed the P.L.O, which under U.N charter, has the right to use armed force to resist the occupying power. That is exactly what it did. The P.L.O led many small attacks and were basically undefeatable by regular war-fare as all Guerilla movements are. The devastating defeat of Israel in Lebanon by Hezbollah (which it invaded saying that Lebanon was harboring P.L.O) made it clear that the Guerilla movement will not die. Hence more subtle means became necessary to end resistance to imperialism. Basically, Israel bought the P.L.O leaders. This is where Yasser Arafat comes in. It is not a secret that he was collaborating with Israel. He broke the P.L.O and made it give up arms. this is where the peaceful P.A is formed and the “militant” Hamas.
In reality, the P.A was anything but peaceful. the reason it was recognized as such was because the P.A actually tortured and incarcerated Palestinians instead of Imperialists. Whereas Hamas led social programs that improved lives of the Palestinians. Now, this is where the Palestinians become divided, and hence easily conquered. I will go into how in just a little bit. Now, when democratic elections were held, in Gaza the P.A did not have that much of a strong hold, so Hamas won easily. But in the West Bank, the P.A led terror campaigns and dirty tactics to “win”. It is also widely acknowledged that Hamas would have won the West Bank as well if it was not for the terror induced by the P.A.
So, these elections proved half good and half bad for Israel. Under the P.A, the land would have been easily conquerable. But the P.A only succeeded in “winning” half of the land. Which is why from that moment on, a propaganda campaign against Hamas was launched, Gaza was put under a siege, bombed with missiles, white phosphorous etc etc. Where as the west bank was treated more “humanely”, though i cringe at using that term in this respect.
But you see, look at the data. How many settlements Gaza has? none. How many walls are cutting through Gazan neighborhoods and villages? none. Hamas has been able to actually defend Gaza. Now if u look at the west bank, that area has only been decreasing since the P.A came to power. They have done absolutely nothing to stop Israel from taking over Palestinian land. They are always “talking” about stopping settlements as more settlements are being built. So, even today, the P.A is a sell out to the Israeli govt. and only promotes their goals. Where as Hamas has been the one which has defended Palestine and Palestinian rights.
To me, the conflict is simple. ISRAEL IS NOTHING MORE THAN A TOOL OF THE EMPIRE USED TO PROMOTE ITS POLICIES IN THE MIDDLE-EAST. THE P.A IS A TOOL OF THE ISRAELI GOVT. WHICH PROMOTES ISRAELI POLICIES IN PALESTINIAN LANDS. HAMAS IS A DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED PARTY WHICH USES ANY MEANS NECESSARY TO PROTECT ITS NATION.
No actually, let me back up and rant about that for a second.
If you have to justify your argument with the statement that Kashmiri Muslims are ‘inbred’ because of cultural and religious practices that allow (note: allow is not the same thing as everybody doing it) first cousins to marry, you are being very dishonest.
If you will not concede that the economy of Kashmir was ruined during the occupation and militant uprisings and that this is not just something that a region recovers from and that hundreds of young men leave their families and friends to go abroad because there are no jobs where they live and their traditional means of support and the economic networks have been ruptured, you are being very dishonest.
No, nothing excuses the expulsion of the Pandits, nor the execution and massacres of other religious minorities in the Kashmir region. (Kashmiris looking for a ‘pan-Islamic’ Pakistani allied state, I’m looking at you.) But to suggest that Hindus and Muslims existed in Kashmir throughout time immemorial without any imbalance or discriminatory thought until those awful barbaric Muslims threw you out ignores the subtle patterns of disruption, elevation, and elitism in pre-Partition Kashmir, ignores the history of the region under princely powers, and ignores the grievances lobbied against the Hindu rulers of Kashmir. Knowing the context of conflict is not the same as justifying it. Knowing the roots of conflict is not the same as supporting it. Knowing where and when and how and why conflict comes about does not weaken you or your pain or your own grievances and lived experience or your legitimate arguments or anything else. It doesn’t.
There was a massacre in Yemen yesterday by the armed goons of the regime. They massacred civilians with automatic weapons. Notice that the humane West did not react with outrage: notice that Saudi Arab media did not orchestrate a campaign of sympathy for the Yemeni people. And notice that NATO did not launch “liberating” bombing campaign. And notice that the New York Times today talked about “fighting” and “clashes” and civil war, as if there are two equal sides engaged in military combat: certainly the peaceful demonstrators were not a match for the US-armed and trained army of the tyrant.As’ad AbuKhalil, “What about Yemen?” (via neverdancewiththedevil)
The Massacre of Deir Yassin, Palestine; April 9th, 1948
Irgun and Stern Gang, the Jewish forces, stormed into the village of Deir Yassin on this day 63 years ago, they sprayed the houses with machine gun fire, killing many. They raped and killed some of the women, they gathered the remaning villagers in one place and shot them all in cold blood.
Fahim Zaydan was 12 at the time;
“They took us out one after the other; shot an old man and when one of his daughters cried, she was shot too. Then they called my brother Muhammad, and shot him infront of us, and when my mother yelled, bending over him- carrying my little sister Hudra in her hands, still breastfeeding her- they shot her too.”
Zaydan was shot too (he survived) when the troops lined up children against a wall and sprayed them with bullets “just for the fun of it”.
Research suggests that between 93-170 people were massacred, this list doesn’t include the people killed during the fighting.
Info source; The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappe (see pages 90-92)