Sunni kinnar makes tazia for Hindu friend
LUCKNOW: A resident of Charbagh, the 40-year-old kinnar has been keeping a tazia from the seventh day of Muharram, Twenty-eight years ago, Choti Rani Kinnar — a Sunni Muslim and transgender woman — had pledged to keep a tazia (replica of Imam Husain’s mausoleum in Iraq) for her ailing Hindu friend and observe mourning of the Imam’s martyrdom during Muharram if her friend was cured.
That was 1991. Choti Rani Kinnar has sat by her paper tazia in Hazratganj fulfilling the promise and attracting Muslims, nonMuslims and the transgender community to her sacred spot every Muharram since.
“My friend, Srawan, was down with cholera that year. One day when his condition was critical, we rushed him to hospital. On the way, we crossed a tazia procession. I prayed to Allah that my friend be cured by evening. If my wish was granted, I promised to observe Muharram mourning,” said Choti Rani whose real name is Ghiasuddin.
A resident of Charbagh, the 40-year-old kinnar has been keeping a tazia from the seventh day of Muharram, which is then buried at Nishatganj cemetery on Ashoora (the 10th day). “An elaborate mehendi procession taken out on the seventh Muharram accompanies the tazia from Charbagh to Hazratganj. And the next three nights I spend here with the tazia. A lot of people come here for mourning and for wish fulfilment,” she said.
The spot chosen by Choti Rani is where on the rest of the days her fruit juice shop runs. “The tazia has not just fulfilled my vow for my friend, but has been miraculous for others too. A number of women since then have claimed they bore a child after they prayed here,” she said. “Many return on the ninth day and weigh their wishful children on a huge iron scale, against dry fruits and fruits, which are then distributed to the poor,” Choti Rani added.
And that is not all. The devout transgender also holds a vegetarian langar on the seventh and ninth Muharram, honouring sentiments of the many Hindus who come to pay their tribute to the Imam. “Kheer, pulao with nutri nuggets, tea and puri-sabzi are served to people in Imam Husain’s name,” she said.
Courtesy : TNN