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History: South Delhi’s oldest Imam Bara situated in Jamia Nagar

Imam Bara is a a place where Shias mourn the death of Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Imam Husain, who resisted Yazid and was “massacred by the oppressive ruler”. They are located across the country. In Okhla too there is one and it is said to be oldest one in South Delhi.

Writing on it and sharing a few pictures, Ghaffar Manzil-based resident Bilal Zaidi wrote: “My grandfather was among the millions uprooted during the partition between India and Pakistan. While half of his family moved to Karachi, he decided to move to Delhi’s Okhla village, right next to Mahatma Gandhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia University. He wanted his children to study.

“He also wanted his children to be connected to their roots. So he established an Imam Bara, a place where Shias mourn the death of Imam Husain, Prophet Mohammad’s grandson who resisted Yazid and was massacred by the Oppressive ruler. Established in 1951, this Imam Bara situated in Jamia Nagar’s Mustafa Lodge, is among the oldest Shia Centres in Southern Delhi.

“Kazim Husain Zaidi’s sons and grandchildren have been continuing the tradition of Muharram ever since.”

Muharram is on October 1 and many residents have started the mourning.

Handmade Zari or replica of the shrine of Imam Husain in Karbala, Iraq.

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