In times like these when Saudi petro-dollars are lavishly available to cultivate extremism in Muslim youth and children, particularly in the Deobandi and Ahl-e-Hadith households, madrassahs and media, it is important to highlight the internal diversity of Islam, particularly those people and traditions that face the usual brunt of extremist Deobandi and Wahhabi violence.
The movie, Ishq-e-Hussain (produced by Kauthar TV in December 2009 www.kauthartv.com), highlights a peaceful message of Islam, a message based on love, sacrifice and cultural diversity, a message that highlights the sacred connection between a lover and his beloved.
The movie is a saga of enthusiasm to sacrifice for the sake of Imam Hussain. It portrays the life of a poor rickshaw driver – Abbas – vibrating with the love of Imam Hussain.
It depicts his zeal to reach Karbala for pilgrimage (ziarat) of Imam Hussain, his will to overcome all difficulties and extend all sacrifices in order to reach the shrine of his beloved, Imam Hussain.
Abbas is seen trying to face and overcome all forms of hardships in the path to Karbala. He remembers the days when lovers of Imam Hussain suffered all kinds of ordeals, their hands cut, their properties confiscated.
He too tries to sacrifice an organ of his body – his kidney – so as to reach the eternal abode of his beloved.
How then does the story take a turn and how does the loving Imam shower his blessings on Abbas? Does Abbas give away his kidney? Does he make it to Karbala?
Produced by: Zulfiqar Ali
Directed & photographed by: Muhammad Ibrahim
Special consultant: Maulana Syed Asad Alam Naqvi
Cast: Adnan Jilani (as Abbas), Farhana Maqsood, Aurangzeb Leghari
Vocals for the Marsiya: Irfan Haider