Maula Ali – At City’s Suburb

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Many places are popular in the city and around it. One of them is Maula Ali, a place that is a few kilometres away from the main city. It’s also a heritage since its a very old structure.

Primarily, this place is regarded as a spiritual place by people of a certain belief. It has an Ashoor Khana(place of worship) which was built more than four centuries ago. This Ashoor Khana was built in the year  l578 during the Ibrahim Qutb Shah’s period. Therefore its construction preceded the construction of the city of Hyderabad.

 

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The story behind the spiritual belief:

It is believed that the construction of this place was the result of one of the  Mojiza(miracles) of H. Ali. Khaja Gulam Hussain in his book Gulzar-e-Asafia writes that Yaqut was a Khajasara(an employee of the royal palace) of Ibrahim Qutb Shah. Despite his constant attendance at the court. Yaqut being a deeply pious and religious person, took Thursday nights off to spend it in prayers in his garden at Lalaguda, away from the fort where the court was. On Thursday on the Seventeenth of the month of Rajab after his prayers when he was asleep Yaqut saw in the dreams, an Arab dressed in a green costume. The Arab informed Yaqut that H. Ali was calling him. Yaqut followed him and found H. Ali sitting at the top of the hillock, resting his right hand on a rock. Yaqut paid his respect to H. Ali, but before he could say anything he awoke from his dream Yaqut felt very happy at what he had dreamed and felt that he was indeed blessed to have had the unique honour of Ziarat(view) of H. Ali.

Yaqut then went with his followers to the hillock, and to his joy found that his dream was true as he found the impression of H. Ali’s hand on the rock. Yaqut wept and with great devotion kissed the imprint of the holy hand. He then called the stone cutters and ordered them to cut the rock with the imprint of the holy hand. The rock was placed in a rivaq (arch) built at the top. Yaqut returned to the court and informed Sultan Ibrahim of the Mojiza.

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Since the visit by Sultan Ibrahim to this place, the Ashoor Khana has become a centre of pilgrimage for people. Almost every Sultan, who ruled over the Kingdom of Golconda or Hyderabad took pride in paying homage to this place.

 

As a Heritage:

It’s a very recommendable place among many heritage structures and places in and around Hyderabad City.
You can also find many people from other states of the sub-continent who come to have a glimpse of this place.

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