Haji Ali ki Dargah is one of Mumbai's most popular and ancient pious sites. The mosque is 400 years old and highly revered, attracting many Muslim followers and other visitors from all parts of India and across the globe, regardless of caste, creed, and religion. The sacred site has impressive Indo-Islamic architecture and was put up after the name of a saint, Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, who was once a Mulsim merchant. It is believed that before going to the pilgrimage site of Mecca, Haji Ali Shah gave up on all worldly things. So this holy site was built concerning him in 1431 A.D.
One of the candidates for the Seven Wonders of the World, the grand building of the Dargah is spread over an area of around 4500 meters and is bordered by marble pillars which still look attractive. The imposing structure of the mosque is constructed of the same Makrana marble from which the Taj Mahal is made. Inside the building is a mosque and a tomb of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. Visitors offer sincere prayers at the mosque and desire for fulfillment of their wishes. The death anniversary of the saint Haji Ali Shah Bukhari is celebrated here with great devotion.
Haji Ali Dargah Timings, Entry Fee & Namaz Schedule
You don't have to be a Muslim to access this tomb, which is open to tourists every day of the week from 5:30 AM until 10 PM. However, when you visit this dargah, you will primarily encounter followers of the Islamic faith. Although there is no entrance price, donations are welcome. The trust uses some of the funds it receives to support scholarships and the upkeep of madrasas (Islamic schools).
The Interior of the mosque is not permitted for photography. However, you can take shots of the charming white building from the outside, particularly from the curvy walkway that links this islet to the mainland in South Bombay.
Five times a day, the Islamic prayer, or namaz, is offered:
- Fajr: The first prayer of the day, which is offered before sunrise, is referred to by this Arabic phrase that means "dawn."
- Zuhr: At midday, when the sun is at its highest, the second prayer is offered.
- Asr: Later in the day, the third prayer is recited.
- Maghrib: The fourth prayer is said just after dusk.
- Isha: The very last prayer is offered at night.
Interesting facts about Haji Ali Dargah
- The mosque has a surge of visits on the second day of Eid-ul-Azha, Bakri Eid, and Ramadan Eid, reaching several lakhs. Haji Ali draws at least 10,000 believers daily, reaching up to 30,000 on Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
- Occasionally, during high tide, the causeway that leads to the Haji Ali Dargah is submerged. As a result, the islet lacks a connection to the mainland and seems to be floating amid the ocean. Additionally, the dargah will be off-limits to visitors, and those already inside won't be able to travel to Lala Lajpat Rai Marg on the mainland.
- Beggars are lining one side of the 700-yard causeway that joins the Haji Ali Dargah to the mainland, hoping that wealthy donors will give them something to eat.
- Thousands of people can be accommodated in the mosque at once.
- It is thought that whoever prays at the tomb will have his request granted. Many followers have reported having fulfilled their wishes, which have included anything from prosperity to marriage and children.
- The minaret and the masjid are decorated in some places with semi precious and precious stones.
Places to visit around Haji Ali Ki Dargah
- Water Kingdom
- Aksa Beach
- Global Vipassana Pagoda
- Kanheri Caves
- Jehangir Art Gallery
- Nehru Planetarium
- Haji Ali Ki Dargah
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