Eid Mubarak Mumbai! Visit Mumbai’s Oldest Dargahs And Mosques This Weekend

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Visitors take the causeway to Haji Ali Dargah
The advent of Islam in India can be attributed to Arab-Indian trade interactions dating as early as the 7th century.Today Islam is the second most followed religion in the India. This Eid, we bring you an inclusive list of some of Mumbai’s oldest and most visited mosques and dargahs.
Visitors take the causeway to Haji Ali Dargah
Visitors take the causeway to Haji Ali Dargah
Picturised in the Bollywood film Fiza, Haji Ali Dargah is popular with both the Muslim and non-Muslim populace of the city. Consisting of a slim minaret and the tomb of the Saint Haji Ali, the mausoleum stands 500 yards into the Arabian Sea and is connected to the main land by a causeway. An off-shore location serves the purpose during high-tides. The detailed mirror-work interspersed with 99 different names of Allah is one of the most beautiful aspects of this place.  Where: Above Kinara Masjid, Haji Ali, Lala Lajpat Rai Marg;  Offshore location opposite Mahalaxmi Racecourse Built in 1431 by Sultan Ahmed Shah of Gujrat, Mahim Shrine stands in respect of Makhdoom Ali Mahimi - a Muslim scholar known for his written works with liberal and humane views - at his burial location. Since 1920, a 12-day festival has been conducted at the Dargah from  December 20 onwards, every year (Save the date!), to commemorate the Qazi. Lakhs of devotees from Mumbai and other cities throng the place to enjoy Sufi music, qawwali, religious poems,  lectures and other such activities in conformity of Sharia laws. Qawwals come from outside the city – Delhi, Bangalore and other places to perform at the shrine. Many processions also take place and free food: langar, is served to visitors. The Mumbai police follow a tradition of making the first offering – chadar (linen sheet) and sandal (incense) at the dargah. Where: HMA Fakir Street, Off Swatantrya Veer Savarkar Marg, Mahim West
A night view of Minara Masjid
A night view of Minara Masjid
Though devotees visit Minara Masjid during the rest of the year too, huge crowds are seen during Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and prayer in Islam. A plethora of eateries and restaurants in the vicinity offer decadent treats – biryani, kebabs, sweets, refreshments and more - which make the after-fast ritual a grand affair not just for Muslims but also non Muslim gourmands. Where: Mohammad Ali Road, South Mumbai Originally located near Dongri, the present Jama Masjid was reconstructed in 1775 and completed in 1802. A quadrangular building encircled by a ring of terraced roofed and double storied buildings, the main eastern gate of the masjid leads to an ancient water-tank from which rise 16 black stone arches which support the masjid. Where: Crawford Market, South Mumbai
A devotee breaks his fast at Moghul Masjid Image Courtesy: Firoze Shakir
A devotee breaks his fast at Moghul Masjid Image Courtesy: Firoze Shakir
Constructed over a century ago by Iranian trader Mohomed Hussain Shirazi, Moghul Masjid is a reconstructed structure. The inner walls are clad with a combination of Onyx and granite and the exterior walls with Iranian Mosaic tiles. There are inlays of the Surahs, divine verses from the Holy Quran on the walls. Persian carpets are laid across the floors and blue coloured tiles across the Hauz – pond – thereby enhancing its beauty. The ten days of Moharram attract huge crowds to the Masjid. Where: Arthur Jail Road, Mahalaxmi Al Tayyebi Masjid is a Dawoodi Bohra Masjid. The seven spires in its structure make it popular as Sattad Masjid, Sattad standing for the stars on the spires. Zakaria Masjid, in Mandvi is another shrine the same vicinity. Where: Near Masjid Bandar station Bandra Grand Mosque located three minutes from the railway station. It is always buzzing with people who stop by to offer prayers. Where: S.V. Road, Bandra West Did we miss any? Tell us by commenting below or email us at [email protected] Once again, Eid Mubarak Mumbai!

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