Ustad Sibte Jaafar Zaidi

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Shaheed Syed Sibte Jaafar Zaidi
Ustad sibt-i-jafar portrait.jpg
Born (1957-03-07)7 March 1957
Died 18 March 2013(2013-03-18) (aged 56)
Resting place Wadi-e-Hussain Cemetery

Syed Ustad Sibte Jaafar Hassan Zaidi (Urdu سید سبط جعفر حسن زیدی/ ALA-LC: Sayyid Sibt-i Jaʼfar Ḥasan Zaidī) was a Pakistani professor, scholar, advocate, poet, author, social worker and classical religious eulogist (soazkhwan).[1][2][3][4]

An Urdu tribute: "Professor Sibte Jaafar Zaidi, the Martyr".

Early life[edit]

Zaidi was born on 7 March 1957 in Karachi, Pakistan. His father, Molana Syed Ahmad Mian Zaidi, was a religious scholar. 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.



  • Bachelors in Education (BEd) – Govt. College of Education, Karachi, Pakistan.
  • Masters in Islamic Studies in 1977 from University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan.
  • Masters in Urdu Literature in 1979 from University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan.
  • LLB (Degree in Law) in 1977 from Federal Urdu Law College, Karachi, Pakistan.


Along with his academic education he also received a 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 were his teachers. His batch was the first and last batch of graduate Waizeen Course conducted by Jama-e-Imamia.

After that it is now been reopen after a long time closure.

Professional life[edit]


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

Civil Service[edit]

After quitting the Law practice, he passed the CSS Examination in 1981. He was then first posted to Government College Latifabad, Hyderabad, Pakistan. Later, from November 1981, he transferred to Govt. Liaquatabad College Degree College where he taught Islamic studies, Pakistan Studies and Urdu Literature. In 2010, he was promoted to principal of the college.[5]


Idaara-e-Tarveej-e-Soazkhwani logo

Zaidi founded Idaara-e-Tarveej-e-Soazkhwani (The International Organization for the Promotion of Soazkhwani) which promoted the revival, development and improvement of Soazkhwani.

Shaheed Foundation Pakistan[edit]

Sibte Jaffer Zaidi has always been known as a man with a strong voice who has appealed to support the cause of Shaheed Foundation Pakistan.

JDC Welfare Org[edit]

Ustaad Sibte Jaffer Zaidi was one of the founding and active member of Jafaria Disaster Management Cell (JDC), commonly known as JDC Welfare Organization [6]


  • Pakistan Studies for Intermediates
  • 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.

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 Muharram 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]

  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.

International Recognition[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 Paine Music Hall, Harvard University. 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


Zaidi was assassinated by the banned terrorist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi[7] (previously known as Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan) on 18 March 2013 whilst returning home from college in Liaquatabad, Karachi. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi are radical followers of the Deobandi Islamic sect and killed Zaidi on account of his Shia Islamic faith.[8]

Zaidi's funeral procession.

On 3 April 2013, Karachi police arrested two suspects, Sheikh Muhammad Athar and Muhammad Shahid, both of whom confessed to killing Zaidi.[9]


Zaidi's 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.[10] He was buried in the Wadi-e-Hussain Cemetery. His grave number is 8406.

One of Zaidi'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

See also[edit]


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

External links[edit]

Official Website of Soazkhwani

Official Website of Shaheed Sibt i Jaafar Official Website of Idaara-e-Tarveej-e-Soazkhwani Int.