12, Altapole Lane, Khulna, Bangladesh.
Anjuman-e-Panjatani, a non-political Shia Muslim religious organization established in the year 1957 with a view to meet the religious needs of Shia people of Khulna. The then committee members with the donation of the Local Shia people purchased 50 decimal of land at Altapole Lane in the main city of Khulna, Bangladesh. Later on, one storied Imambargah was built known as Qasre Hussaini with the accommodation facilities of more than three hundred people. To facilitate accommodation for the female members of the community to participate in the religious programs particularly during the month of holy Muharram, a hall was built at the backside of the Imambargah attached to the main building which was connected by a door so that female members can enter the Imambargah and conduct ladies programs like Majalis, Mahafil etc. Besides, with the donation of the members and other source the then committee decided to built a residential one storied building just adjacent to the southern portion of the Imambargah in the late seventies.
Development process gradually took momentum and one storied residential building was converted to two storied.
A new constitution was written covering wide activities of Anjuman-e-Panjatani on the basis of and considering the need of the society not only in Khulna but across the country. The aims and objectives of Anjuman-e-Panjatani are as follows:
1. The name of the organization is Anjuman-e-Panjatani, Khulna.
2. The official and permanent address of the organization is 12, Altapole Lane, Khulna, Bangladesh.
3. This organization will work for the over all development and welfare of the people belong to Jaffari Madhab.
4. As the follower of the great prophet Hazrat Mohammad (S.A.W) and his infallible progenies Ahlul Bayt (a.s.), this organization will build and establish Imambargah, Mosques, Madrasa, Secular educational institutions etc. Apart from these it will act as the center of religious teaching, moral and spiritual development under the guidance of Ulama-e-Keram.
5. To observe other religious occasions including holy Muharram.
6. To arrange meeting, seminar, symposium, rally, majalis, mahafil etc. in commemoration of important religious occasions according to Jaffary Madhab.
Meeting with Shia lawyer's & Ulama's
Meeting with Shia Ulama's
7. To publish religious books, periodicals, magazines, religious papers based on Shia beliefs.
8. To conduct religious and secular education for the children of the community in order to build an educated society.
9. To arrange food and cloths for the under privileged members of the society.
10. To work for the unity solidarity and brotherhood among the followers of Shia Madhab.
11. To establish unity, solidarity and brother hood with other Muslim sects.
12. The fund of the organization will be raised through collections from the members of the society, grant from the non-government organizations, zakat, khums etc.
‘Khums’ literally means one-fifth or 20%. In Islamic legal terminology, it means “one-fifth of certain items which a person acquires as wealth, and which must be paid as an Islamic Tax”. Khums, in brief means paying one-fifth of the surplus of one’s income.
Khums should be divided into two parts. One part is ‘sehme sadaat’, it should be given to a sayed who is poor or orphan or who has become stranded without money during his journey. The second part is ‘sehme Imam (a.s.)’, and during the present time it should be given to a Mujtahid, who fulfils all conditions or be spent for such purposes as allowed by that Mujtahid.
Khums should be handed over to the representative of the Imam (a.s.), that is the just Mujtahid when the former is in occultation. Mujtahid will spend khums money as per shariah rule. The Mujtahid can also give conditional permission (Azaza) to Ulama to receive khums from the people and can spend for religious purposes as per condition mentioned in the permission letter (Azaza) by the Mujtahid.
As such Hujjatul Islam Syed Ibrahim Khalil Razavi, principal, Islami Education Center and Imam-e-Jum’a and Jamat, Masjid-e-Wali Asr (a.f.s.) Khulna and president, Anjuman-e-Panjatani has received permission (Azaza) from number of eminent Mujtahid and Maraza-e-Keram to receive and spend khums money for the religious welfare which are mentioned below :
As per constitution, Anjuman-e-Panjatani will run by a 13 (Thirteen) member committee which will be elected or nominated by the general members of the local Shia people after every three years.
Through this process a religio-sccular educational institution was established in the name of Islami Education Center in 1991 under the principalship of Hujjatul Islam Syed Altab Hossain Naqavi. The Project was started with few students. After one year Hujjatul Islam Syed Ibrahim Khalil Razavi joined as principal of Islami Education Center. After his joining thing started moving and he with the co-operation of local momineen build a mosque known as Masjid-e-Wali Asr (a.f.s) over Imambargah in the last leg of 1993. He also undertook a project to train tailoring to poor female members of the society to attain self reliant so that they can be helpful to their families. But unfortunately this project couldn’t run longer because of various problems and ultimately closed down.
It may be mentioned here that, considering the aims and objectives of Anjuman-e-Panjatani the committee decided to offer two storied trust building of the organization to start functioning of Islami Education Center. After completing 2 years tenure any way Hujjatul Islam Syed Ibrahim Khalil Razavi left Iran for his study and then joined Hujjatul Islam Syed Ehsan Hussain Hussaini as a principal for a short term.
In 1995 Hujjatul Islam Syed Ibrahim Khalil Razavi again returned to Khulna with the program to inaugurate a Howza-e-Ilmia with the academic co-operation of Al-Mustafa International University, Qum. Which was a turning point in the history of Khulna and adjoining areas. Side by side with the co-operation of generous personalities of Bangladesh with a view to conduct secular education program Hujjatul Islam Syed Ibrahim Khalil Razavi upgraded this program which was existed earlier. More students from poor and underprivileged families of the rural areas of Bangladesh were admitted in the academy section. With the religious education of Howza-e-Ilmia the secular education program is running well.
Anjuman-e-Panjatani conducting itself various religious and social programs since long. Namely, 1st Muharram to 10th Muharram (Ashura), Chehlum of Imam Hussain (a.s) with befitting manner. The Chehlum procession of Imam Hussain (a.s) brought out from Anjuman-e-Panjatani every year is the biggest Arbayeen procession in Bangladesh. The mourners from different areas of Khulna division come to Khulna to join the mourning procession every year. Besides, Anjuman-e-Panjatani observes all the days marked with the holy birth and martyrdom of infallible Imams and masumeen (a.s) with due solemnity and religious fervor. Apart from these religious programs Anjuman-e-Panjatani has been working with printing and publications etc. With the support of generous personalities and organizations like Orison Charitable Truest. Moreover, Anjuman-e-Panjatani is also engaged with social activities like economic help to the poor widows and old men mostly from rural areas, help running Maktabs in different rural centers and provide remuneration to the maktab teachers, muazzins of different Shia mosques, financial support to the students attaining secular education, for economic emancipation battery operated easy bike were given to 4 poor Shia members of Khulna who previously were 3 wheeler rickshaw puller. This program is now held up for sometime.
Key of The Bike Is Handed Over To One of the Recipients
Three Bikes Are Ready To Handover. Moulna Ibrahim Khalil
We will be posting brief accounts of these programs from time to time on our webpage.
It is important to note that Anjuman-e-Panjatani is a registered organization under the society act of 1888. Registration no. is Khulna-40.
……..to be continued