Karbala and How Lahore was involved?


Dr. Nasik Elahi shared a post from DAWN.COM


Karbala and how Lahore was involved

by Majid Sheikh

IN our school and college days we all loved to assist friends set up ‘sabeels’ alongside Lahore`s traditional ‘Ashura’ procession, providing cold drinks to the thousands who mourned. Sects and beliefs never mattered then. But then neither did one`s religion.

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Majid Sheikh | November 26, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Tags: Hussaini Brahman, Hussaini Brahmans, Muharram | Categories: Home > Top Special | URL: http://wp.me/p2awqS-cPLn

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Comments on this article by:

(1) Mirza I Ashraf (2) Dr. Fayyaz Sheikh (3) Dr. Shoeb Amin

(4) Syed  Suhail Rizvi (5) Noor Salik

I read this article in Dawn on 24th of Nov. I discussed this with a friend Dr. Mullazam Khan a well informed moderate shia Muslim, while we were sitting together on 10th of Muharram at a wedding in Watertown. We discussed this article and both believe that this is all fiction. I am really surprised that the editorail board of Dawn would permit the publication of such an article which has no historical standing. What about this:


I must point out to an amazing version of these events that an Indian historian, Chawala, has come up with. It says that one of the wives of Hazrat Imam Husain, the Persian princess Shahr Banu, was the sister of Chandra Lekha or Mehr Banu, the wife of an Indian king Chandragupta. We know that he ruled over Lahore. When it became clear that Yazid ibn Muawiya was determined to eliminate Hussain ibn Ali, the son of Hussain (named Ali) rushed off a letter to Chandragupta asking for assistance. The Mauriyan king, allegedly, dispatched a large army to Iraq to assist. By the time they arrived, the Tragedy of Karbala had taken place.

Chandergupta was of Mauriyan Dynesty who ruled 320-260 BCE. How can a Mauriyan king send help to Imam Hussain when even the Prophet of Islam was born in sixth century CE.

Mirza I Ashraf


I agree with Sohail. Whether story true or myth, the point of story is respect for each others’ beliefs.

It should be posted.


We should look for things which bring us together that  are examples of tolerance and goodwill towards each other. Nasik Elahi’s e-mail was timely in this respect. I am in favor of posting even though it is rigorously not Thinker Forum stuff.  Sometimes back I sent you something on Hindu-Muslim-Christian cooperation and resistance on bringing out the Tazia in Trinidad over more than a century ago. That was a great example of people of Indian Subcontinent banding together.*****Suhail


There are a lot of things in this that may resemble mythology but no harm in putting it on our blog.



My personal view is that the contents of original article in Dawn are highly improbable.




Pakistan: The Final Cut


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In the final installment of this series, NFP shares with us the political and cultural zeitgeist of what Pakistan was like between 1947 and 1977.

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Future Intellectuals Of Republicans-Three Out of Four Are Asian Americans


Recently most of the analysts describe the Republican party as party of White Old men, but in NYT article David Brooks writes in his last paragraph:

Since Nov. 6, the G.O.P. has experienced an epidemic of open-mindedness. The party may evolve quickly. If so, it’ll be powerfully influenced by people with names like Reihan, Ramesh, Yuval and Derek Khanna.”

Reihan Morshed Salam is of Bangladesi descent, Ramesh Ponnuru and Derek Satya Khanna are of Indian descent.

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