Annual picnic was arranged for Khanwada-e-Shohada-e-Millat-e-Jaffaria Pakistan here in Karachi on Friday July 5, 2013. A massive number of members from Khanwada-e-Shohada turned up on the occassion including the supported and non -supported families Alhamdulillaah like previous years. The families of shohada from Karachi were also joined by Khanwada-e-Shohada-e-Kherpur and Larkana this year, in the line of earlier traditions, when the Karachi families shared light moments with families from other parts of the country.
Working brothers of Shaheed Foundation Pakistan as well as ladies volunteers and Central Committee members were present on the occassion to look after the martyrs' families and serving them. The picnic was arranged at a beautiful water park on the outskirts of the mega polis. Segregation was ensured as per Islamic practice, in part through make-shift arrangements and in part exploiting the Construction of park itself.
Needless to mention the water slides and swimming pools remained the biggest enjoyment for children of Shohada . It was heartening to see broad smiles spread on the faces of children .
Karachi , a city of over 23 million has nearly 500 plus families of martyrs which are in contact with Shaheed Foundation Pakistan ,including the non-supported families . The picnic is one of the unique occassions in which all families are invited to strengthen the ties of families among themselves as well as with families of older incidents .[who by now are self-sufficient Alhamdulillaah]. The continuous interaction of these families provide them a means to learn about hardships of other families and an insight into what they have gone through in their lives ,as well as see-ing how little by little things brighten in life with the blessings of Imam-e-Zamana [a.t.f.s] .
Another extremely important aspect is the social aspect ,the greater the interaction of these families , the greater is the probability of social and emotional stability of the family .
It also instills a healthy peer-competition in children who try to excel inspired by other children of Shohada. The entertainment aspect of course has its own value around which the whole activity is hinged and it is really important for all members of these families alike for different reasons . For children it is important since these are their formative years ,if they become out-going ,pro-active ,competitive and positive ,they can face the challenges of lives with great ease, for ladies it is important because they hardly get to have such an outing in a secured environment and need healthy entertainment and amusement . Additionally since they usually are the ones who are responsible for the entire family and it is really important that their motivation and inspiration level remains sky high . For elderlies ,it is a charm which cannot even be explained ,often you see them fully absorbed in their children and the children of other martyrs as they play ,on these occassions ,exhibiting immense contentment and tranquility of heart .
A proper transport fleet was arranged for carrying the families to the picnic point and back .
A Chill spot was managed from which ice-creams ,biscuits , chips ,fresh juice and cold drinks was available against showing free coupons . This idea has been very much liked by Khanwada-e-Shohada and it has remained an important feature of several picnics.
An 'amanatdari' spot , a place to safely deposit your belongings through a similar token system was managed by SFP volunteers and it was very wonderfully executed ,given the fact that a large number of individuals had turned up.
The families arrived at the spot in the morning and the children kept busy playing till Zuhr . Namaz was offered with Jamaat and was led by prominent Aalim-e-deen and a long time sincere contributor to the cause, Maulana Ali Anwar Jafri.
Later a sumptuous lunch was served to the families of martyrs. After the lunch other activities as a short Islamic Quiz competition and Luck draw for bumper prize commenced .
Maulana Haider Abbas Abdi delivered an impressive speech highlighting the various aspects of the occassion and our responsibilities towards martyrs . Maulana Talib Haider and Maulana Sadiq Raza Taqvi were also invited to grace the occassion. High tea was served before the departure.
The picnic concluded in a very good way with children making the most of these moments. Besides the families of martyrs of Shia Muslims , the families of Sunni Muslim martyrs and those of Christian martyrs who had embraced shahadat in different Sanehat alongside Shia brethren were also present on the occassion and deeply appreciated the efforts .
In the evening families were transported back to their homes on the fleet managed by the working brothers.
Shaheed Foundation Pakistan's central committee extends heartiest and humblest thanks to Imam-e-Zamana[a.t.f.s] whose infinite blessings are felt at every step and in every project that SFP undertakes . Central Committee would like to thank Khanwada-e-Shohada for giving a nod of approval to the efforts undertaken for this picnic . CC Wholeheartedly thanks all the working brothers and sisters who remained on their toes to serve the families of martyrs and look after their children on this occassion and made the event possible . Shaheed Foundation Pakistan also thanks Ulema-e-Karaam for their continued support for the cause of Shohada-e-Millat-e-Jaffaria Pakistan.