Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Haji Ali

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The Haji Ali Dargah was constructed in 1431 in memory of a wealthy Muslim merchant, Sayyed Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, who gave up all his worldly possessions before making a pilgrimage to Mecca. Hailing from Bukhara, in present-day Uzbekistan, Bukhari travelled around the world in the early to mid 15th century. He travelled to India with his brother and finally reached Mumbai – near Worli. He then decided to reside there permanently for the spread of Islam.
Until his death he kept spreading knowledge about Islam and his devotees would regularly visit him. Before his death he advised his followers that they should not bury him in a graveyard but should drop his shroud ('kafan') in the ocean and should be buried by the people where it is found.
His wish was obeyed by his followers. That is why the Dargah Sharief is built at the very site where his shroud came to rest in the middle of the sea where it perched on a small mound of rocks rising above the sea about 500 yards from the Worli coast.

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  1. I love all the arches in Muslim architecture.

    Worth a Thousand Words

  2. Love this place, beautiful pictures and post!

  3. Great post. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Interesting history.
    Thanks for the info and for sharing your photos with https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2019/05/on-retreat-in-washington-dc.html

  5. Incredible - Many Thanx