BUDGAM The 48th State level annual Hussaini Mushaira 1440 (AH) was held here on Wednesday.
Some thirty prominent poets of all major languages belonging to different regions and religions paid homage to Hazrat Imam Hussain (A.S) and the martyrs of Karbala.
The function was presided over by the Ex-Vice Chancellor Kashmir University and Central University, Prof. Abdul Wahid Qureshi while Principal Secretary Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon was the chief guest on the occasion.
Mushaira was held at the Hussain Manzil, residence of host and noted poet Shahid Budgami and the proceedings of the event were conducted by noted academician and poet Shahbaz Hakbari.
In his welcome address, founder and host of the event, Shahid Budgami highlighted the significance of this historical annual event and stressed the that the event of Karbala serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for every oppressed nation irrespective of their beliefs.
Budgami highlighted the role of non- Muslim poets and writers, whose elegies and writings have transformed Imam Hussain (AS) into a global phenomenon.
The martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) is commemorated across the globe not only by Muslims but by non- Muslims as well. The contribution of non-Muslim poets and writers has been significant. Beloved grandson of Prophet (Pbuh) is loved by every community across the universe and he does not belong to any one sect or religion but to the entire universe. Muharram is a universal phenomenon Budgami said.
Stressing upon the need of unity among Muslims, Badgami said: We follow the same Prophet and the same Quran and every Muslim regardless of sect is indebted to Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) because his supreme sacrifice ensured the survival of Islam.
Speaking on the occasion Dr. Samoon urged upon Muslims to follow the path shown by Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) in daily lives, not just in Muharram.
The first thing Imam Hussain (AS) teaches us is to never become the oppressor. Being oppressed is better than being the oppressor because the later is despised by Allah, his Prophet (Pbuh) and Holy Ahlul-Bayt. But unfortunately, some so-called Muslims do not understand this message and defame Islam by their acts of violence, Samoon said.
Samoon said that Hussain (AS) exemplifies the purest and most selfless form of struggle against evil and every Muslim is forever indebted to the king of martyrs who sacrificed everything in Karbala to keep Islam alive.
Besides major poets of the state, media personalities, writers and devotees of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) also attended the event. Prominent among those who recited their Kalaam at the event included, Prof. Naseem Shafai, Dr Wali Mohammad Mehboob Sopori, Punjabi poet Sardar Suraj Singh Suraj, Shahbaz Hakbari, popular Noha reciters Mir Shabbir Ahmad and Ajaz Khan, Shahid Budgami, Mohammad Azam Khan, Gulshan Badrani, Showkat Shafi Masoodi, Showkat Shahbaz, Dr Gh Nabi Hakeem, G K Pardesi.
Later, the Ashura Number of Urdu weekly BUDSHAH was released by Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon, Station director Radio Kashmir Syed Humayun Qaiser, Prof. Abdul Wahid