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Hajji Ali Masjid

Hajji Ali Masjid

The Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque and is a floating sacred mirage, appears to be situated on an island off the coast of Worli, which falls in the Southern part of Mumbai. It locates in a close proximity to the heart of the city and claiming to be as one of the important landmarks of the city of Mumbai. The mosque is a fine paradigm of Indian Islamic architecture, allied to the legends about doomed lovers, as the dargah contains the tomb of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari.


The dargah also houses the tomb of a Muslim Sufi saint Hazarath Haji Ali, who died while on a pilgrimage to Mecca and his casket astonishingly floated back to this spot. Actually there are a number of stories that are associated with this mosque. The other belief is that Haji Ali was an Afghan sage who used to live and meditate on the island on which the shrine stands at present. It is said that he left instructions that after death his body should be put in a casket and should be cast off into the sea off the shore of what is today Pakistan. However that casket floated back to Mumbai though some believe that Haji Ali drowned at the spot where the dargah is today.


There is a separate area for men and women to pray and everyday thousands of pilgrims circle the tomb, nestled in a silver frame and covered with a green and red chaddar. The tomb is stuffed with intricate mirror work in all hues and a variety of Arabic patterns that spell the ninety nine different of names of Allah. The mosque being situated on off the coast experiences and witness rocks being exposed during low tides at the rare end of the mosque and receives cool sea breezes.


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