organizes the first annual haleem party in Washington DC.
(March 6th, 2005)
March 6th, 2005 Ė Khidmat-e-Khalq Committee, under the auspices of the
Muttahida Qaumi Movement - Washington DC, has organized itís first annual haleem
party in the remembrance of Syed Imam Hussain (Radi Allah Unhu), his family, and
all the Martyrs of Karbala. The event started off with the recitation of the
Holy Quran by Mr. Nadeem Qasmi, followed by Hamd-o-Naat. A Noha was read by Mr.
Khurram Yousaf Zai to honor the Martyrs of Karbala. The event also featured the
renowned Alim Dr. Zafar Iqbal Noori, who preached the importance of the Holy
month of Muharram, the sacrifices given by Hazrat Imam Hussain (Radi Allah Unhu),
his family, and his companions. Dr. Noori also emphasized the significance of
serving haleem during the Ashura period and the setting up of Sabeels in various
places to quench ones thirst in remembrance of the Karbala Martyrs. The program
concluded with a speech given by MQM USA Nigran-e-Alaa Uncle Riaz Siddiqui on
the performance and history of the KKC in Pakistan and throughout the world.
Uncle Riaz also briefed the guests on KKCís efforts in raising millions of
rupees for the Tsunami Relief fund.
The event was attended by over 150 people, which included members of the
Pakistan community, officials from the Pakistan embassy, business leaders, and
journalists. Also on hand were MQM USA Central Organizer Ibad-ur-Rehman, Central
Organizing Committee members Ajaz Siddiqui, Sabih-uh-Islam, and former Deputy
Mayor of Karachi, Mateen Yousuf. At the end of the program, MQM Washington DC
Unit-In Charge, Amir Siddiqui thanked all those who were in attendance and
encouraged them to fully support the KKC and the MQM so it can continue itís
efforts to serve the nation. Amir Siddiqui also thanked all MQM DC unit workers
for their hard work in organizing a successful event. The guests lauded the
efforts of the KKC and assured itís members of their support. While walking out
of the event, the guests were given haleem to take home with them to share with
their loved ones, which was greatly appreciated.