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Nisar Haveli -The center of Mourning of Imam Hussain (a.s) in Lahore. Every year Lahore's Markazi Shabeh-e- Zuljanah of Yaum-e-Ashura emerges from Nisar Haveli Mochi gate that culminates at Karbala Gameshah. The route hasn’t changed in over 150 years. Every year, as the sun descends on the ninth of Muharram, thousands of Shias make their way towards Mochi Gate in Lahore. From here, they walk through the maze of narrow streets in the walled city and reach Nisar Haveli. The Mughal-era building is not only the spot for an emotionally charged majlis on the eve of the tenth of the month it is, on that very same night, the starting point for the largest Ashura procession in the city.
Since the 1850s, Lahore’s most important Zuljinnah procession has originated from here and travelled the same route around the walled city. And each year the procession, which is observed, joined and dutifully followed by legions of mourners, culminates at Karbala Gamay Shah just as the Azaan for maghrib prayers rings out on the following day. It is said the route mimics the one Saint Gamay Shah himself initiated to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain and his followers.
But some things have changed since then. One is the crowds. For decades now, there has hardly been room to breathe inside Nisar Haveli on the most revered night of the Shia calendar. Combine the densely packed space with the explosive passions of thousands of devout mourners and the annual scene is beyond dramatic: it borders on overwhelming. The stories of death and sacrifice from the pulpit cause men, women and young children alike to sob and wail uncontrollably. Shaking with grief, some hold their heads while others use both hands to slap the top of their heads repeatedly with a force that makes the uninitiated uneasy.
It is in this atmosphere of supercharged fervour that the majlis comes to an end, and on some mystical cue, the mass of black-clad mourners jump to their feet in unison as the Zuljinnah, festooned with flowers, is released from behind its colourful purdah. Men with outstretched arms press against each other as they swarm the Zuljinnah. Ash, thrown in the air, hangs low in small clouds, covering the shifting crowd as it is magnetically pulled to the exit by the symbol of sacrifice and loyalty that they long to touch. This is how it is every year. Just as the ninth day fades into the tenth night, the transition from majlis to procession is seamless and immediate – done with uncanny, divine precision.
The family that started this procession from Nisar Haveli generations ago also continues to hold majlises and processions on their ancestral lands on the outskirts of Lahore.
In 1850's Qizalbash family migrated from Kabul to Lahore.Nawab Raza Ali Khan Qizalbash was the man who introduced ''Azadari'' and Zuljanah processions in Lahore.Nisar Haveli is named after Nawab Nisar Ali Khan Qizalbash (Great grand son of Nawab Raza Ali Khan Qizalbash) who started the city's biggest procession of the Ashura (10th of Muharram), the day Muslims mourn the death of Imam Hussain at Karbala.
The first procession to begin from the haveli was in the 1850s. It was then actually the Mubarak Haveli. The Nisar Haveli was one part of the Mubarak Haveli, which was divided in two after Partition as property was divided in the Qizilbash family in 1928. The part where the main Ashura procession begins was named the Nisar Haveli, while the other part retained the name Mubarik.
The Mubarik Haveli was built by the Mughals. According to legend, it was named Mubarik, which means blessing, because a royal son was born there. It is also said the Koh-e-Noor was kept there for a while. The Qizalbash family got it on lease from the Mughals. Maharaja Ranjit Singh took it over briefly, but it returned to the Qizalbash when the East India Company established itself in India.
Elderly Shia residents of the Walled City said the Qizalbash family were also the first to begin Zuljinnah processions in Lahore, which are now a vital part of Ashura processions.
The Qizalbash family has its roots in Iran and Afghanistan. According to one account, they came to India with the Mughal emperor Humayun from Persia. According to another, some Qizalbash came from Afghanistan with Ahmad Shah and Nadar Shah.
Nawab Nisar Ali Khan Qizalbash, who died in 1944, as described earlier that he was the great grandson of Nawab Raza Ali Khan Qizalbash, one of the originators of processions in the area, and whose son Nawab Fateh Ali Khan also played a key role in promoting processions.
Some elders feel that the Nisar Haveli is now not big enough to handle the main procession, but don't want to lose this traditional start. There is no land available around the Haveli for expansion because of the closely-packed architecture of the Walled City.
The Qizalbash family is also credited with holding the first Zuljinnah procession in Lahore, when they started mourning for Imam Hussain in the Haveli in the middle of the 19th century. At that time there was only one Zuljinnah, a horse meant to represent the steed Imam Hussain rode into Karbala.
Later, other imambargahs began holding Zuljinnah processions.The Qizalbash Waqaf, or trust, takes care of seven Zuljinnah that are loaned out free to imambargahs for processions.
Prominent personalities such as former air force chief Syed Babar Ali, Rangers Director General Hussain Mehdi, and politicians and bureaucrats have attended the majalis at the Nisar Haveli in Lahore.

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