Annual Picnic was arranged on Friday 22nd July 2011 for Khanwada-e-Shohada of Karachi at a water park on the outskirts of the city. The turnout was very encouraging as a well-over 850 members of the esteemed Khanwada-e-Shohada enjoyed the day. The figure included some 50 esteemed members from Khanwada-e-Shohada Multan who arrived here earlier on a special visit along with working committee brother of Multan. Besides SFP members, the families of SFP members also shared the moments with Khanwada-e-Shohada. Transport was arranged to let the shohada families from all areas of Karachi first gather at a pre-decided point.
A sumptuous breakfast was arranged in the honour of Shohada families who had started to reach the location from different parts of the karachi around in over 20 buses. The breakfast continued as buses continued to arrive while an ample amount of time was available to other families who were already done with the breakfast to socialize with each other.
CC Member brother Abid with families of multan.
The caravan of over 20 buses carrying Khanwada-e-Shohada as well as personal vehicles of the volunteers and Organizers left for water park in the suburbs of the city.
The water park was booked prior with deep consideration to proper segregation of ladies and gents portions and Islamic hijab.
The water park had facilities of swimming and water slides which was the prime attraction of the children as well as good arrangements for resting and relaxing. The brothers of Karachi families management committee in Karachi had made an elaborate plan very painstakingly addressing in detail the minute possible issues and it was very much reflected in the way it was organized and the way it provided fun to innocent children and families of shohada.
Along with Shia Khanwada-e-Shohada there were 6 ahlay sunnat and 1 bohri Khanwada-e-Shohada.
CC Member Brother Abid and Brother Safder with Maulana Ahmed Iqbal Rizvi relaxing.
CC Member Brother Abid and Brother Safder enjoying in pool with families of multan.
One great attraction for the children and families was the concept of Chill spot from where they could collect, fresh juices, bottles, biscuits, sandwiches, chips and tea against a pre-allocated token to every participating member of the family. It was very well organized and much appreciated by everybody.
The delighted lot was of course the Kids, who spent most of their time, swimming in large water pools .Many children found it convenient to use air-filled tubes to keep them afloat on water surface.
The namaz-e-Zohrain was led by Maulana Ahmed Iqbal Rizvi and he delivered a brief but extremely comprehensive lecture on the philosophy of the event making the point, that the importance of such an event should not be undermined, because such an event which fills the heart of the innocent children of shohada with joy and jubilation, must inshallah hopefully be a source of attaining the pleasure of the heart of Imam-e-Zaman (a.t.f.s).
Since it is the Islamic month of Shaaban al Moazzam, the namaz was soon followed by small presentations of manqabats from children of shohada and it was good to see so many young reciters, taking the initiative and coming to stage to pay homage to the Anwaar-e-Shaaban . Notably this manqabat event was a sort of surprise activity planned to see the initiative in children.
This was followed by an Islamic Quiz and children had prepared well for it before hand. Each correct answering children was awarded with an exclusive gift from families.
A well laid out and planned lunch was then waiting for the families shortly afterwards and its concept was also attractive and thoughtfully worked out.
After the lunch the children resumed swimming and other activities after a short interval of rest.
After a lot of post lunch fun, a hi-tea was served to the families. Around 06:45pm the families all gathered and the caravan started to move towards their destination.
SFP deeply appreciates and wholeheartedly thanks the Khanwada-e-Shohada for gracing the occasion with their valuable presence. In this connection the SFPs Central Committee extends heartiest appreciations to all the volunteers and brothers who have helped SFP provide joy to the esteemed khanwada-e-shohada.
Central Committee and all brothers of SFP would also like to pay their heartiest regards and salutes to the volunteer brothers of IMI and PWF for providing valuable medical support on the occasion. Momineen are requested to pray for the increase in taufeeqat of all of us and greater collaboration among us, especially pray for all the brothers from PWF, IMI and SFP who had collectively shown great team work and coordination in this event like last year.