Ustad Sibte Jaafar Zaidi

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Ustad Professor Sibti-i-jaafar zaidi

Professor Syed Sibt-i-Jaafar Hassan Zaidi (Urdu: پروفیسر استاد سید سبط جعفر زیدی‎) was a Pakistani educationist, researcher, scholar, law graduate (advocate), poet, author, composer, classical religious vocalist(soazkhwan) and social worker.

Ustad Sibt-i-Jaafar Shaheed

Early life[edit]

Professor Syed Sibt-i-Jaafar Zaidi was born on 7 March 1957 in Karachi, Pakistan. His father Molana Syed Ahmad Mian Zaidi was a religious scholar. Syed Sibt-i-Jaafar Zaidi passed his matriculation exams from Govt. Boys Secondary School Liaquatabad in 1971. He completed his intermediate education and graduation from Govt. Islamia College in 1975.

Education=[edit]

Religious education[edit]

Along with academic education he also received religious education from Madarsat-ul-Waizeen, Jama-e-Imamia, Nazimabad, Karachi, Pakistan. Molana Syed Zafar Hassan headed the institution. Molana Professor Syed Inayat Hussain Jalalvi and Molana Mohammad Mustafa Jauhari (Great scholar of that time and father of Allama Talib Jauhari) were his teachers. His batch was the first and last batch of graduate Waizeen Course conducted by Jama-e-Imamia.

Professional life[edit]

Lawyer[edit]

He worked as Lawyer with Syed Saghir Hussain Jaffari Advocate & Company from 1977 to 1981.

Passed civil service examination[edit]

After quitting the Law practice, he passed CSS Examination in 1981. He was then first posted to Government College Latifabad, Hyderabad, Pakistan. But later transferred to [Govt. [Liaquatabad]] College and since November 1981, till his death, he served at Govt. Degree College Liaquatabad, Karachi, Pakistan. Where he taught Islamic studies, Pakistan Studies and Urdu Literature. In the year 2010[1] he was promoted to the position of Principal of the college and at the time of his martyrdom Professor Syed Sibt-i-Jaafar Zaidi was the professor and the principal of his college.

Soazkhwani[edit]

Ustad is performing with Hussain Akhtar and Shakeel Haider, most senior companions.

Definition of Soazkhwani By Prof. Syed Sib-i-Jaafar Zaidi

Salient Features / Some facts about "Soazkhwani"

  • The literal meaning of soazkhwani is sorrow or smoulder.
  • It is allegorical attribution to the martyrdom of Imam Husain (A.S), his companions & agony thereof.

There are only three basic vocal fine arts of Islam/Muslims: Qirat, Qawwali & Soazkhwani.

  • Its beginning can be traced to three centuries back in this subcontinent (especially in Lucknow & its surrounding/U.P).
  • In SOAZKHWANI classical poetry of Urdu is mostly used as the medium thereof.
  • Since its inception nobody cared. Discovered & compiled certain rules & regulations of this art. The infrastructure is made/designed by Prof. Sib-i-Jaafer.
  • Soazkhwani has its own code of conduct, unique to it age old civilisation & Islamic culture & has its own phraseology.
  • The melody & its practice is needed or required in performance of the common arts. Whereas soazkhwani needs the pathos & pains of the incident in a touching & moving style.
  • It is a deliberate attempt according to the existing situation where message occupies the priority than the art & craft (where the massage comes first & the art after words).
  • In its compositions of “Ragas” there has been clear contradictions among the “Ragees” (Classical Masters), because no clear, identified, categorised (shudh Raag/Raagnees) are

used in Soazkhwani. It does not maintain the real effect of “Raag”, but exclude the irrelevant.

  • Tecnacally the singer (Performer, vomposer/Soazkhwan) is a competent, experienced & trained professional/ skilled person, who is entitled “Ustaad”. He is adept hand, who

exercise all the facets of rhythmic metres and knows all the intonations of the lyre.

Senior companions (bazoo) in soazkhwani[edit]

Syed Hussain Akhtar Zaidi Syed Shakeel Haider Jafri

Students in soazkhwani[edit]

He devoted his life for the cause of Education and training of Soazkhwans (classical religious vocalist), he prepared a number of Soazkhwan(s):

The list of his students in Soazkhwani is very long and complete information can be obtained from Bastah and I.T.S officials. Ustad wanted to create and discover a group of young people who are dedicated to their education and profession, possessing strong ethical character and can do the Soazkhwani without any material or financial benefits. He was very much successful in his struggle and this is hopeful to say that his students would continue the legacy and the noble mission which he started many years ago.

Idaara-e-tarveej-e-soazkhwani (i.t.s.)[edit]

The logo of Idaara-e-Tarveej-e-Soazkhwani

He was the founder of Idaara-e-Tarveej-e-Soazkhwani which he founded for the revival, development and improvement of soazkhwani. Soazkhwani is an Islamic vocal fine art for delivering Marsia, Marsiyah or Marsiya (Elegies) while Marsiyah is a kind of Urdu poetry in which usually the Battle of Karbala is explained in a very detailed manner.

Soazkhwani albums[edit]

Soazkhwans like Asif Zaidi and Waqar Hashmi has admired his work[citation needed] and together they have released couple of Soazkhwani albums as well.

List of his books[edit]

Following academic and religious books were written and compiled by Professor Sibt-i-Jaafar Zaidi:

  • Pakistan Studies for Intermediate
  • Sociology for Bachelors or Degree Classes
  • Pakistan Studies for Bachelors or Degree Classes – Second Year
  • Sociology for Bachelors or Degree Classes – Second Year
  • Nishan-e-Raah
  • Zaad-e-Raah – Guide for Pilgrims
  • Muntakhabaat-e-Nazm-o-Nasr – Selection and Collection of his religious poetry
  • Sautee-Uloom-o-Funoon-e-Islami
  • Bastah

Besides the text books and other religious books he wrote, his research on Soazkhwani through a book named "Bastah" (Collection of Traditional Soaz, Salam, Marsiya etc.) got so popular that till now eight editions of Bastah have been published. More than 150 audio and videocassettes and CDs have been released from 1988 till 2013 as a poet and Soazkhwan (religious vocal reciter).

He was Instructor of Traditional and Classical SOAZKHWANI, founded International Idaara-e-Tarveej-e-Soazkhwani (I.T.S) and his services in the field of Soazkhwani were admired and recognised by Harvard University and Columbia University of USA

He had been performing on national and international radio and television channels since 1967 as Naatkhwan, Soazkhwan, Composer and Compere. In 1996 he wrote ten special programs with the title of "Lehne Aqeedat" (Urdu: لحن عقیدت) for Pakistan Television Karachi center, which were Telecasted during Moharram. After arrival of private television Channels he wrote ten special programs on the same topic for ARY channel, which were repeatedly telecasted for several years during the months of Moharram and Rabi-ul-Awwal. In the Memory of Shaheed Syed Saeed Haider Zaidi dated (25 January 2013)

He established schools in many areas including Amrohvi Colony and Tando Adam. He used to say that he felt inner satisfaction in educating and training children of poor areas.

Affiliations and memberships[edit]

Professor Syed Sibt-i-Jaafar Zaidi Served and were associated with:

  1. Elected Councilor – Karachi University Students Union, Chairman press & Publication Committee and Sports Board 1976–1979.
  2. Member Sindh Professor & Lecturer Association Karachi.
  3. Member Karachi Bar Association 1980–1983.
  4. Publication Secretary Anjuman e Soazkhwanaan-e-Karachi, Acting general secretary and Legal advisor 1980–1990.
  5. Life Member of Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi since 1990.
  6. President Anjuman-e-Mohammadi Qadeem 1992 – 1994.
  7. Founder member & Advisor of Bazm-e-Ghareeb Nawaz and Tehreek-e-Muhibaan-e-Awleeyaa Pakistan.
  8. President Anjuman e Wazifa e Sadaat e Momineen Pakistan 2005 – 2008.

Jdc educational board[edit]

He was the founder of JDC Educational Board. He established Idaara Tarveej Soazkhwani (International Organization for the promotion of Soazkhwani) where thousands of students are being educated.

Recognition by harvard university & columbia university[edit]

Professor Richard Wolf of Harvard University and Professor Amy Bard of Columbia University acquired the help of Ustaad during their research on music and vocal arts of Sub-continent. His students Syed Imon Rizvi and Syed Awais Rizvi also went to Harvard University and performed Soazkhwani in a live religious and educational concert at

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Paine Music Hall, Harvard University.

Assassination elements[edit]

He was murdered by banned terrorist outfits of the Deobandi sect, the organisation Lashkar-e-Jhangvi who is previously known as Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan on 18 March 2013 while returning from college in Liaquatabad, Karachi.

One of the largest funeral procession of karachi[edit]

Professor Sibt-i-Jaafar Zaidi's (Shaheed) funeral prayer was offered at Amroha ground Sadat Colony Block 20 Federal Area and thousands of people attended his funeral procession along with the funeral prayers, which was one of the largest funeral prayer in the history of Karachi.[2] He was buried in the Wadi-e-Hussain Cemetery. His grave number is 8406.

One of Ustad's Soyam Majalis
Syed Imon Rizvi, the student of Ustad Sibt-i-Jafar, is reciting a salam in Soyam majlis at Qom, Iran
Rubai Tribute by Qaim Ali
Tribute by Safdar Hamdani

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No one spared: Liaquatabad college loses its principal in shooting". The Express Tribune. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Prof. Sibte Jafar Laid to Rest". Express Tribune. 18 March 2013. 

Book "Nishan e Raah" – Published on 14th Januarary, 1993, Karachi, Pakistan.

External links[edit]

Official Website of Shaheed Sibt i Jaafar Official Website of Idaara-e-Tarveej-e-Soazkhwani Int. – Maintained by his Students Media Team