The spiritual peace that one feels in the masjid is
but one of the many blessings of visiting a House of Allah.
The state of Gujarat houses some of the oldest mosques in the country. The famous SidiSaeed Mosque in Ahmedabad represents a clear picture of Muslims in Gujarat state showcasing the engulfing recognition of the tradition and local culture of the state maintaining the core of each religion including Islam. Muslims have a history in Gujarat that dated back to centuries; this is the reason for presence of ancient Muslim architecture in the state.
The oldest existing mosque of Gujarat, Jami Masjid is located in a small town Sanjan which is 150 kilometers towards the industrial town of Surat. This mosque had been constructed here by the founder of a Muslim Dynasty in Sanjan which lasted for a very short duration from 813-841 CE. The founder of the Mahan Dynasty, Fadl built the Jama Masjid. Here Khutba was read in the name of Abbasid Caliph Mamun.
A kind of misperception is there about the oldest mosque of the state. There are various structures in Bhadresvar which are considered to be the oldest Islamic structures in the state of Gujarat by some scholars. As per the Mukhtasir Tareekh-e-Gujarat Madrasa MaulanaIshaq in Bharuch was built in 0038 CE and Jama Masjid of Bharuch was built in 1065 CE. There are two mosques in Kuch and a tomb in Bhadresvar that gives a glimpse of the earliest Muslim establishments in Gujarat. These two mosques and the tomb had been built by a small Muslim community. These constructions display the finest examples of the exclusive Gujarati Islamic Architecture. The architects associated with the construction of Islamic monuments were same who were also engaged in construction of temples in that region. During the mid-1100s, Solahkhambi Masjid, Tomb of Ibrahim and the Chhoti Masjid was constructed. The architecture of these buildings was quite similar to the temple architecture of that region which had been transformed as per the Islamic impediments.
According to the travelers Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, shaking minarets, jama Masjid, SarkhejRoza, Sidibashir Mosque etc areamong the most popular mosques of the state.
Famous Mosques of Gujarat :
Jama Masjid, Ahmedabad
Literally menaing the Friday Mosque, is an example of superb Muslim Architecture. This mosque had been constructed during the reign of the Muslim Emperor Ahmed Shah, in 1424. It is located in the old area of the city, facing teen darwaza on its eastern side, on the Mahatama Gandhi road. The mosque was the largest Mosque on the Indian Subcontinent in that period.
Sidi Saiyyed Mosque
The other popular mosque located in the Ahmedabad city is the SidiSaiyyed Mosque which was constructed in 1573 AD. The mosque was built by SidiSaeed also known asSidiSaiyyed who was an Abyssinian. The work of the mosque was assisted by Bilal Jhajar Khan who was an army general of Sultan Shams-ud-Din Muzaffar Shah III , the last sultan of the Gujarat Sultanate. The mosque is a real peace of beauty that had been constructed during the last years of the continuation of the Sultanate. There are ten stone windows with the lattice work or the jalis which are very beautifully carved and add to the beauty of the architecture of the mosque. These windows are present on the rear arches and on the side arches. The stone pierced panels in square shape with some geometrical designs are filling the bck wall of the mosque. Near thecentral aisle two bays are present having carved stone slabs. The motif of Palm and the entangled trees are carved on the slabs.
Rani Sipri’s Mosque
The city of Ahemdabad in Guarat houses the Rani Sipri’s Mosque also known as the Rani Siprini Masjid. The queen of Sipri who was the wife of the Sultan Mahmud Begada , authorized the construction of this mosque. The mosque as convulated carvings on its walls hence it is also called as jewel Of Mosques or masjid-e- Nagina.
JhultaMinar or the Shaking Minarets is one the incredible monuments of the city of Ahmedabad. It is one of the popular tourist places. The minarets are situated in the Siddhi Bashir’s Mosque close to the Sarangpur gate and are one of its own kind.
Palitana is a popular destination and consists of pilgrimage center for the people following the Jainism. There lies Adishwara temple which lies atop of the hill. It is a popular temple situated at the Shatrujaya summit. In the close proximity of this popular temple lies the shrine of Angar Pir. The shrine is quite significant for the people belonging to Muslim community. There are people from different faith and religions who also gather here to revere this shrine and feel glad while paying a visit to this holy shrine. Therefore, Angar Pir Shrine, of Palitana is regarded as a popular destination preferred by a large number of tourists in Palitana.
History and Importance
The town of Palitana had been an imperial Thana at the times of Mughal empire, which had grown up into the capital of Palitana State belonging to the princely Kathiawad. Several Muslims got settled in this region. The shrine of Palitana Angar Pir is an ancient monument which had been highly respected by the locals there. It dates back to ages. People have a belief that all the wishes are granted if asked at this complex of Angar Pir Shrine in Palitana.
Angar Pir was a Sufi saint who used to live here in the 14th century when this region was invaded by Allauddin Khilji, who had taken away the riches of the Shatrunjaya temple. Angar Pir believed in the sacredness of temples however he followed the different religion had turned up to their protection. It was with the help of his prayers, power and devotion that he hurled fire on the armies invading there and therefore protected the temples from demolition.
He was a man who believed in the sanctity of holy sites of others. The durgah of Angar Pir can be approached before the complex of first major temple where the path is said to fork, several people prefer to take the short cut on the left side bypassing the dargah, one should take care of opting the right path for leading the dargah, which is a small shrine having a green flag.
The blessings of Pir are invoked by the women who do not have children and when they pray there at durgah they believe to be blessed with children. There are small cradles offered to the Pir and the shrine remains spotted with these cradles.
Palitana feature over 863 temples built in the 11th and the 12th century and are carved in marbles. It is said all the Jain Tirthankars, excepting Neminath, had attained nirvana here. Some of these temples have a wonderful collection of jewels, which can be seen with special permission.
Jama Masjid – Junagadh
Just west of Manek Chowk stands the magnificent Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), built in 1423 during the reign of Ahmedabad’s founder Ahmed Shah I. While all around the mosque lies the hectic frenzy of the center of the old city, step through the gates (on the north, east and south sides) and the urban chaos falls away behind you, leaving you standing in a refuge of profound serenity, accompanied only by people in quiet prayer, and birds perching on the columns.
The wide open courtyard, floored with white marble, is ringed by a columned arcade painted with giant Arabic calligraphy, and has a tank for ritual ablutions in the center. The mosque and arcades are built of beautiful yellow sandstone and carved with the intricate detail that mosques of this period are known for. While the two principal minarets flanking the main arched entranceway collapsed in the 1819 earthquake, their lower portions still stand. The main prayer hall has over 260 columns supporting the roof, with its 15 domes, making a walk through the hall a beautiful maze of light and shadows. In its Indo-Saracenic architecture, the mosque also contains many syncretic elements not necessarily obvious to the viewer: some of the central domes are carved like lotus flowers, closely related to the typical domes of Jain temples; and some of the pillars are carved with the form of a bell hanging on a chain, in reference to the bells that often hang in Hindu temples. On one of the innermost windows there is even a carving of an ‘Om’ symbol.
Like at all religious sites, take proper care to be respectful of others’ beliefs; this is, after all, a current place of worship. Visitors are welcomed, but should maintain the quiet contemplative atmosphere, remove their shoes, and not disturb those in prayer. During prayer times, you should keep your head covered and women should not enter the main hall.
Bohra Hajira Mosque
The city of Jamnagar is commonly known as the Chhota Kashi or small Kashi due to its large number of religious places found here, be it temples or mosques located around the city. Besides the Ratan Bai Masjid, Bala Hanuman Temple and a number of other holy places having old mosques and dargahs, there is Bohra Hajira mosque also found here. There is a dargah of the Dawoodi Bohra community sometimes referred to as the Bohra Hajira. It is a great mausoleum for worship of the Muslims and a number of Muslim saints on the embankments of river close to the highway of Rajkot are found here. The place is worth visiting. Photography is allowed here provided permission has been granted by the people incharge.
History and Importance
The Bohra Hajira structure has its location in the middle of Jamnagar and Rajkot on the embankment of a river. The durgah of Bohra Hajira is regarded as one of the oldest monument of Jamnagar. Years back, people were facilitated with boats for crossing the Nagmati and Rangmati rivers. But at present, the water level of river is very low.
The Bohra Hajira Masjid is however not too popular among the tourists visiting Gujarat but if one reaches the city of Jamnagar, then this place can be visited to know more about the enriched culture as well as heritage of the state of Gujarat in older times.
The structure exhibits one of the finest architecture style which dates back to old times. There is rich regality witnessed here. A number of prominent views can be availed here.
Mai Puri Masjid
The small Somnath town has been one of the most significant places of pilgrimage for the Hindus. According to a number of texts points and references, Somnath had been inhabited by the Aryans. It still consists of the confluence where the Saraswati river is regarded as flowing into the sea. This town is believed to have been raided by Mahmud of Gazni several times who established this mosque of Mai Puri. He had taken away the Somnath wealth to his homeland in the country of Afghanistan. The Mai Puri Masjid of Somnath is one among the several historical, religious and mythical places of Somnath which has drawn a large number of tourists here.
History and Importance
The Mai Puri Masjid is one of the most ancient structures located at a distance of 1 kilometer from Junagadh Gate in Somnath. Junagadh Gate is a major gateway to Somnath from the region of Veraval. The temple had been established in dedication of the Sun God but further it was transformed into a mosque during the reign of Mahmud of Ghazni. In its surroundings, there are a several number of tombs for accentuating the fact that this ground belongs to the Muslim community.According to a Hindu mythology, the town of Somnath is the holy place where Lord Krishna had been shot in his leg.
The Mai Puri Masjid consists of an amazing style of architecture. It is a vital place of religious significance for the Muslims and the tombs spotted in the vicinity are also of great importance for the people of Somnath.
The ancient monument of Mai Puri Masjid is like a gateway to Veraval and offers a landscape view due its white and blue colored tiles. Muslims regard it to be a significant destination for pilgrimage for Muslims in addition to the other mosques located in the city of Somnath.
Ratan Bai Masjid
There is a Ratan Bai Masjid which is located in the center of old Jamnagar city. It is one of the ancient mosques in the Jamnagar city having an elegant structure. This mosque is an amazing tall structure situated in the heart of old area of Jamnagar city.
History and Importance
The Ratan Bai Masjid is one of the oldest mosques found in the city of Jamnagar. There are a large number of tourists who come here for offering their prayers here. Although there are a number of mosques found in the Jamnagar city such as Mai Puri Masjid, Jamam Masjid etc found at some distances but Ratan Bai Masjid has gained more popularity among the people comparatively. Travelers have voted the Ratan Bai Masjid to be the best mosque in Jamnagar as compared to other mosques spotted in the vicinity.
The beautiful structure of Ratan Bai Masjid is unique and is hard to miss. It comprises of a couple of towering green as well as white minarets. The doors of the mosque are formed of sandalwood, having built with mother-of-pearl. The Mosque comprises of its own harvesting system meant for rainwater comprising of a tank which holds water for the purpose of ritual washing prior to namaaz.
Haji Pir Dargah in Kutch
Haji Pir Dargah of Kutch is the ideal example of a shrine that goes beyond the borders of the religious differences. People of all religions come here to visit the shrine of Pir Haji Ali Akbar. This is a must visit for the tourists in their Gujarat tourism. The glorious pilgrimage in the Kutch of Gujarat is closely located to the Pakistan border. Besides Gujarat, the aesthetic view towards all faiths of Haji Pir is famous all throughout India, which is no less than a universal epoch. The shrine of Haji Pir in Kutch has many Hindu followers. ‘Low’ caste Kolis offer free service and keep the shrine clean, and a rich Jain industrialist has paid for constructing its boundary walls.
It is said that Ali Akbar was a soldier of Sahabuddin Ghori. After his service is over he settled in a local village named Nara and started to help people and animals. He used to save the cows that were driven away by the local goons and dacoits. He later on was entitled to be a “Haji” after he visited the greatest pilgrimage of the followers of the Islam faith- the Haj. The locals used to call him Haji Pir and Zinda Pir.
People here believe those who visit the Haji Pir Dargah and make a wish- that comes true. Tourists these days come to this shrine; worship and pray to Haji Pir to fulfill their wish. After worshipping in the Haji Pir Dargah, they travel four miles to the Karol Pir.
Attractions of Haji Pir Dargah
The Haji Pir Dargah is not only visited by the Indians but also the Pakistanis along with tourists from coming to Gujarat, India from different parts of the world. Many Bollywood actors and actresses are spotted to have visiting the dargah several times in this shrine of Bhuj.
Finally, after several political arguments the ‘Ramkatha’ programs staged here together by the local Hindus and Muslims.
Some superstitious people walk on fire in front of the Haji Pir Dargah with a hope that their wish will be fulfilled by the messiah.
Devotees here donate open handedly as they believe that whoever donates with full heart their wealth multiple gradually. There are many stories that tell about those donators whose wealth have been doubled and tripled with the passage of time
BISMILLAHIR RAHMANIR RAHEEM with the blessing of Rasoolullah SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam and HAZRAT SYED ALI MIRA DATAR (Rehmettullah alley ) and with sincere gratification and opportunity we are pleased to develop a website based on great saint life , history , miracle of syed ali mira datar ( r.a). With this positive initiative, we intend to share his admirable Charisma, Teachings and Miracles and much more before the global community in form of an online spiritual learning resource. This site therefore shall enlighten those who are still unaware of this gracious spiritual master, and of his celestial grace, which can inspire everyone in the world irrespective of religion, caste, creed, race, faith or colour.
With this fortunate effort, we humbly bring in your kind notice the life and teachings of Hazrat Syed Ali Mira Datar (R.a).
Syed ali datar is from IMAM HUSSAIN family(SOHAR WARDIA). Imam hussian is GRANDSON(NAWASE) of Rasoolullah SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam , HAZRAT MAULA ALI is father of imam hussain .
From birth syed ali used to Follow the way allah has shown . at very young age he was matyared . by birth itself he was wali of allah and always want to be Matyar like IMAM HUSSAIN and IMAM HASSEN , syed ali followed foot step of HAZRAT MAULA ALI sher-e- kuda for well being of humanity.
Seeing this Rasoolullah SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam has gifted syed ali datar after battle of mandavgad power to eradicate /removal of black magic and evil spell in whole universe.syed ali mira datar(r.a) has miraculous power of healing.
Dargah shariff is an eternal symbol of faith and is visited and worshipped by the rich and the poor alike. People from all walks of life arrive here to earn his able blessings and for discovering a divine enchantment for the fulfillment of their desires and wishes. It is very evident that the grace and blessing of this great saint shall continue forever as the homing beacon for humanity.
Syed ali mira datar ( r.a ) has god gifted power to eradicate /removal of evil spiritl like jinns , jinah, Ifreet , Shaytan , a whole chapter on this has been stated in holy quran.This jinns are made from searing fire.
In todays world black magic (karni ) is on highrise like sipli-lim ,mootkarni ,and in some part of india specially in rajasthan evil spirit like dakand, shekotri,chudail, maledi,prevails.
Black magic is the negative use of energies and power with purpose to harm or deprive others from certain things or influence them to do something wrong or negative. Black Magic can be used to harm or hurt another person by performing certain acts, irrespective of distance. In the last few years the use of Black Magic has intensified and become a common weapon to take revenge or attack. Because of this a lot of people are suffering all over the world. Black magic, also known as evil magic, dark magic, evil spell or dark curse etc, puts a block on a person’s wisdom and intelligence and all efforts to solve the problem go fruitless. Victim feels a mental block, gets disturbed sleep with bad dreams, and negative thoughts. There is heaviness and weight on the chest and giving sickness which cannot be diagnosed. These evil spells causes block in growth, prosperity, marriage, job, business etc
syed ali joined the army of Sultan Nasir al-Din Ahmed Shah (reign 1411-1442 C.E.) who had founded the city of Ahmedabad. Syed ali died as a martyar, defending Islam at a very young age.
Syed ali was born on29th Ramazan 879 hijri moonnight and idd is celebrated and was martyared on 29 th moharram 897 hijri moonnight and urs is HELD . EVERY month in dargah shariff chandraat( moonnight) is HELD. “Think not of those, who are slain in the way of Allah, as dead. Nay, they are living. With their Lord they have provision.” (3: 169).
“And call not those who are slain in the way of Allah ‘Dead.’ Nay, there are living, only ye perceive not.” (2:154). .. The Holy Quran.
Sarkhej Roza is a mosque and tomb complex located in the village of Makaraba, 7 km south-west of Ahmedabad in Gujaratstate, India. The complex is known as “Ahmedabad’s Acropolis”, due to 20th century architect Le Corbusier’s famous comparison of this mosque’s design to the Acropolis of Athens. Although there are many rozas across Gujarat, the Sarkhej Roza is the most revered. Sarkhej was once a prominent centre of Sufi culture in the country, where influential Sufi saint Shaikh Ahmed Ganj Baksh lived. It was on the saint’s suggestion that Sultan Ahmed Shah set up his capital on the banks of the Sabarmati, a few miles away from Sarkhej.
The architecture of the complex is credited to Azam and Muazzam Khan; two Persian brothers who are buried in the tomb near Vasna, Ahmedabad. The complex was originally spread over 72 acres, surrounded by elaborate gardens on all sides. Over time, human settlements came around it, eating into the gardens and reducing the area to 34 acres.
Shaikh Ahmed Khattu Ganj Bakhsh of Anhilwad Patan, the friend and adviser of Ahmed Shah I, retired to Sarkhej in his later life and died here in 1445. In his honour a tomb, begun in 1445 by Muhammad Shah II, was, in 1451, finished by his son Qutbuddin Ahmed Shah II. The next Sultan Mahmud Begada was fond of the place and expanded the complex greatly. He dug a large Sarkhej lake, surrounded it with cut stone steps, built on its south-west corner a splendid palace, and finally, opposite to the Ganj Baksh’s tomb, raised a mausoleum for himself and his family, where he, his son Muzaffar II and his queen Rajbai are buried.
Entering the covered eastern gateway on the north bank of the Sarkhej lake, the building to the right with a handsome stone pavilion in front of it, is the mausoleum of Shaikh Ahmed Khattu Ganj Bakhsh. This, the largest of its kind in Gujarat, has along its whole length its sides filled with stone trellis work, and inside, round the tomb, has a beautifully cut open metal screen. Across the courtyard on the left are two mausoleums with a connecting porch, the east mausoleum containing the tombs of Mahmud Begada, and of his son Saltan Muzaffar ll, and the west, the tomb of Rajbai, Muzaffar’s queen. Beyond the Ganj Bakhsh mausoleum is a courtyard, covering more than an acre of ground, surrounded by cloisters, with a mosque only slightly smaller than the Jama mosque. The want of minarets and the shallowness of its caves rather mar the outside effect. But inside ‘it is the perfection of simple grace unrivalled in India except by the Moti mosque at Agra.’ Looking across the lake the ruined buildings at the south-west corner are Mahmud Begada’s palace and harem. The Sarkhej lake covers 17 acres. Oblong in shape, it is surrounded by flights of stone steps, and has a most richly decorated supply sluice.
Besides the chief group of remains, the country round is studded with mosques and other old buildings. A little to the south of the lake is a small ugly whitewashed tomb, the burial place of Baba A1i Sher, a saint held in higher respect even than Ganj Bakhsh. Close by are the remains of Mirza Khan Khanan’s (1583-1590) Fatehvadi or victory garden, laid out in 1584 to mark his defeat of Muzaffar III, the last of the Gujarat Sultanate. In the seventeenth century Sarkhej was so famous for its indigo that in 1620 the Dutch established a factory in the village
The Sarkhej Roza complex has been interpreted as being composed of both ‘jism'(body) and ‘ruh'(spirit), giving it the qualities of a human being.
Like many monuments built during that period, the Sarkhej Roza fused both Muslim and Hindu principles of architecture. While the ringed domes, the profusion of pillars and brackets follow the Islamic genre, much of the ornamentation and motifs have Hindu designs. Most of the buildings do not have arches and depend on pierced stone trellises for stability. In its architecture, Sarkhej Roza is an example of the early Islamic architectural culture of the region, which fused Islamic stylistic influences from Persia with indigenous Hindu and Jain features to form a composite “Indo-Saracenic” architectural style. The mosque, with its courtyard, creates a religious milieu; the royal connection is made through the tombs and palaces; the great tank, platforms and pavilions were used by the common man.
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