"I wonder at the man who takes great pains to decorate and to make comfortable this mortal habitat and totally forgets his permanent abode." IMAM ALI A.S.
Under the patronage of Imam-e-Zamana (ATFS) and with the blessings of the Fourteen Infallibles, the oldest Shia graveyard of the city of Allahabad,popularly known as Chhoti Karbala has been secured from the clutches of the encroachers who were operating their businesses viz. bars, tea-shops,restaurants, cycle-rickshaw stand etc from its premises. This sacred place had also become a haven for the gamblers and the slum dwellers,truck-drivers and cycle-rickshaw pullers were using a large section of the land for answering natures call. The illegal occupation had been there for the last five decades. On the 3rd of February 2007 the graveyard returned to its old glory. Renowned Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad Sb.,who visited Chhoti Karbala on 10th of February 2007, praised the efforts in freeing the graveyard from the illegal occupants and offered all support.
The Chhoti Karbala is spread over an area of approximately 9500 square yards and is estimated to be over 250 years old. It also contains a Roza (Mausoleum) of Imam Husain A.S. and a Mosque both of which are in a dilapidated state. At the north end is the Maqbara of Late Deputy Zahid Husain Sb., a renowned man of his time and the south end has a Baradari, a beautiful monument with Mughal engravings, both of which are also in a dilapidated state. Alhamdo-lillah, the boundary wall, covering a length of approximately 675 feet, has already been constructed. Work is currently in progress at the Mosque, which is being given a complete facelift. Next in line is the construction of the Roza of Imam Husain A.S., which is proposed to be a replica of the shrine of Imam Husain A.S. at Karbala. A concrete plan is in place for the development of the Chhoti Karbala into a model graveyard with landscaped gardens, containing beautiful flowers, plants and trees.
This website will very soon have a database of all the graves, with their digitized photos and momineen will be able to offer Sure-Fatiha for their deceased souls, in a novel way.
Donations from momineen are welcome.