Hazrat Pir Abdul Jaleel Chishti Lakhnavi
Hazrat Pir Abdul Jaleel (R.A) was one of the most popular saints of Lucknow. He belongs to the Owaisi silsila of Sufism.
Dargah Hazrat Shah Nasrullah Shattari Lakhnawi
Hazrat Shah Nasrullah (R.A) was one of the earliest and most revered Sufis of Lucknow. He was from the progeny of Hazrat Junaid Baghdadi (R.A). He died in Lucknow during the reign of the Mughal emperor Akbar. In fact, during a visit to Lucknow,
Khanpur Estate participation in 1857, the first war of Indian Independence
Azim Khan fought many battles during the uprising 1857 and got fatally wounded and was martyred on the battlefield. He actively participated in the battle of the uprising under the overall command of Nawab Walidad khan of Malagarh & was deputed as his deputy at Khurja. He was arrested while crossing the Ganga to move into Rohilkhand and subsequently hanged by order of the British military commission.
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Hazrat Sayyid Shah Ain-ul-Quzat Naqshbandi Lakhnavi (R.A)
There has been intresting account related to the migration of Sayyid Wazil Ali from his native place, i.e., Golconda. He foretold the exact date and year when Mir Azfal-ud-Daula, Asaf Jah V (ruled from 1857 to 1869) would become Nizam when the latter asked him for prayers on his behalf. After becoming the Nizam, Mir Afzal-ud-Daula granted him Jagirs (land). Once, after becoming Nizam, Mir Afzal- ud-Daula summoned him to his court for prayers, which Hazrat Wazir Ali disliked.
Hazrat Shah Dosi Lakhnavi (R.A)
Shah Dost Mohammad, also known as Shah Dosi Lakhnavi was a saint of the Malamati order of Sufism. His tomb is located on the Trans-Gomti Hostel road, Baans Mandi, Khadra, Lucknow. He was one of the earliest and most revered Sufis of Lucknow.
Barahpulah and Arab ki Sarai Mandi
Barah Pula is situated in East Nizamuddin near Khan I Khana Tomb on the busy main road past to station. It was built over a stream of Yamuna (Nālā). The bridge has 11 arches carried on 12 piers thus getting its name Barahpula, it is 214 m long and 15m wide bridge.
Sir Syed Ahmed Khan’s “Delhi”, “Asar us Sanadid” and His contribution to Indo-Muslim Historiography
Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was a Renaissance Person, a Polymath: a writer, a religious thinker, a social reformer, and a scholar of comparative religion. His work as a historian added new dimensions to the conventional historiography in South Asia.
Myths & Realities of Arab roots among South Asian Muslims
Interaction between Harappa people and Aryans way back in time left indelible marks and scars that defined the subcontinent for all times to come. People here in their march have changed faith several times.
Visiting Sufi Shrines & Making Supplications
Sufism has continued to spread the message of Risalah through Wilayah. One who challenges Wilayah ultimately is challenging Risalah and the world knows what it calls those people who reject prophetic traditions.
Mughal Miniatures reflecting moments of Teaching and Learning
A general perception has been created that that Mughals did not establish educational institutions. Just before 1857 there were one thousand Madrasas in Delhi only, were education was free. All destroyed after the revolt.
Dargah Hazrat Khwaja Sayyid Hasan Maudoodi, Rustam Nagar, Lucknow
Khawaja Hasan R.A died on 10th Zil Hijjah 1241 Hijri at the age of 86 years during the reign of Badshah Ghazi-ud-Din Haidar. He was buried at the land of Shah Qutub-e-Azam in Rustam Nagar locality of Lucknow. Shah Sayid Qutub-e-Azam, his son and khalifa built his tomb and a masjid there.
Benazir: The Incomparable Summer Palace
The palace is famed as Benazir Kothi, oddly translated in English as the incomparable. It lies to the north of Rampur town, strategically situated on the banks of river Kosi, so as to exist as a naturally cold refuge surrounded on all sides by mango groves spread around the palace in 100 acres.
Dehli’s Defiant Secular Stones: A stunning discovery of 1857 inscriptions by Lehar Zaidi
In a stunning finding, the author recently discovered unseen stone inscriptions from the 1857 Uprising in Delhi, close to Kashmiri Gate. They have some incredible inscriptions, which state: “..9 Pounders. Command Ground near Mori Bastion”
Water Palace of Khwaja Itmad Khan
During my heritage exploration visits to this place, I was astonished to saw the remnants of a grand monument that was believed to be a water palace of Khwaja Itmad Khan, an enuch courtier of Emperor Akbar.
A forgotten Princess – Jahanzeb Banu
Thereafter the brave Mughal princes called Rao Anirudh Singh near to her elephant and told him, Asmat e Chaghtaiya ba Rajput yak ast ! “The honour of Chughtais (Mughals) is same to Rajputs as their own honour “
Early Life of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan & Sociocultural background of 19th Century, Delhi
Early Life of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan & Sociocultural background of 19th Century, Delhi
An account of Women in Mughal India
However, the history of gender is the most webbed aspect of the Indian history. The silence in the archives around the Indian women has to be explored and removed from the dominant narratives which are overshadowing.
Shivaji : The Man and the Myth
Shivaji ranks amongst the few selected Indian chiefs who displayed exemplary strong moral character and ethics during his long military career. He always showed respect and protected women, children, holy books and places of worship irrespective of creed and religion.
Eating With History: Ancient Trade- Influenced Cuisines of Kerala
A culinary treatise blended with multilayered...
Afghans & Dehraduni Basmati
The Basmati rice was brought here by former Afghan ruler Dost Mohammad Khan who was kept in exile at Barlowganj near Mussoorie.
A heritage weir on River Kosi at Rampur
This weir was also photographed in 1905 along with the major building raised during Nawab Hamid Ali Khan reign under the supervision of W.C. Wright for the album presented to Lord Curzon. A dam was build at the Kosi on this point to divert the flow of water for the irrigation purpose.
Ahmad Ali Saharanpuri – A forgotten Pioneer !
Maulana Ahmad Ali Saharanpuri – A pioneer !...
Shah Bheek/Bhikari of Kakori
A biographical account of 15th century Sufi saint whose couplets were included in Adi Granth
Bedil – A poet , A Sufi , A Philosopher !
One of the greatest Persian poets of all times, Mirza Abdul Qadir Bedil was born in 1644 in Akbarnagar, (east of Bhagalpur) while most of the earlier scholars have stated Azimabad to be his birth place but a recent research suggests that he was born in Akbar Nagar (Raj Mahal) at the Bengal-Bihar Border where his father resided as his mother was a Bengali.
Tansen’s Eid greetings for Emperor Akbar
This is an excerpt from the biographical account...
Mulla Jeevan of Amethi (1633-1717 AD)
He was born on 25 Shaban 1047 Hijri (1636 AD) at Amethi. His father Mulla Abu Saeed was a Hafiz, a Scholar and a successor of Shaikh Bahawal Haq known as a very noble soul. His mother was the sister of Nawab Izzat Khan ( Real name Abdullah) who was a Mir-i-Aatish at the Royal Kitchen.
Raja Tikait Rai (1760–1808) and Damgarha
One day, Tikait Rai, a jobless youngman , was sweeping the floor at the Khanqah in Damgarha where he often frequented. Shah Basit Ali Qalandar, while stepping out of his house, gave him a Qalamdan ( Pen-case) and prophesied about his bright future as minister.
The Language of History, a readers review
Sanskrit Narratives of a Muslim Pasts...
Sher Shah Suri (1540-1545): A king of 5 years & 6 months
Of all the rulers of Medieval times, Sher Shah stands as the ideal of New India – The India of Hindus and Muslims united in heart and spirit.
Dargah of Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti
A journey from Visual Archives Khwaja Muinuddin...
Roshni Hira Se, 51-60
Exploring heritage remnants on the route of Babar-Part II
After crossing the river Amu, Babar reached Aibak, where many tribes joined him. Further south after crossing Andrab River, he sat down under a Chinar tree. It was here, that the Hakim of Hisar, Khushro Shah bowed himself in the front of Babar.
Exploring heritage remnants on the route of Babar-Part I
In quest for Mughal history & for my research on Waqa-I-Babri (the Urdu translation of Babar memoirs) that was compiled by Prof. Yunus Jafrey, I undertook an explorative journeys from year 2000 to 2007 to Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan & India.
Shah Peer Muhammad Chishti & Tiley Wali Masjid
The ancient and early settlements of Lucknow were on the southern bank of the River Gomti , around the mound known as Lakshman Tila and it seems a few villages were located around this area called Lakshmanpur or Lachhmanpuri. In view of its significance, the Sheikhs of Lucknow too preferred to build their fort “Machhi Bhawan” which was the earliest part of the modern Lucknow.
Nawabs of Pahasu
Among five sons of Murad Ali Khan Nawab Muhammad Faiz Ali Khan was more prominent in the political & educational spheres. He was born on 26th August 1821 & completed his education that makes him proficient in Arabic & Persian languages.
Libraries during Mughal Era
The magnificent building “khan-e-tilism” was built by him in Agra. In one of three main buildings, “Khan-e-Saadat” had a library in its upper part. The library was equipped with Ja namaz (prayer rug), Qalamdaan (pen case), books, Juzdaan (portfolio), and specimens of beautiful calligraphies.
Eid Mawlid Nabwi in visual archives
From the court of the Ottomans to Mughals, once can find the celebration of Prophet Birthday all across the Islamic world. In year 1588, the Ottomans officially declared this day as Mevlid Kandil.
CHRIST CHURCH AT NAQVI PARK: THE CITADEL OF SPIRITUALITY & HARMONY
Built in 1835, the Christ Church at Naqvi Park, Aligarh is among the oldest churches of North India. Bishop Daniel Wilson, an Englishman, commissioned its construction as one of the 20 churches he established during 1825-1845, one amongst them was St. George’s Church at Agra.
Khawaja Fariduddin Nawab Dabir Ud Daula
Khwaja Fariduddin was one of the most distinguished among his brothers who attained knowledge of oriental sciences from famous Tafazzul Hussain Khan from Lucknow during reign of Asaf Ud Daula. He was also send as an envoy to Tehran by Governor General.
Imam al-Hādi ila al-Haqq
Born in tenth century Medina to a scholarly family who trace their lineage to Prophet Muhammad, Imam al-Hādi ila al-Haqq Yahya bin al-Husayn served as the first Imam of Yemen. He sought to revive the teachings and practices of his noble ancestors and authored numerous works on theology, jurisprudence and other subjects.
Imam Majduddin al-Muiyyadi (ع)
He was born on 26 of Sha’ban in the year 1332 A.H (1914 A.D) in Radma which is located near the Mountain Bar’t. He later on migrated to Dahiyan, Sa’ada. During the reign of Ahmad ibn Yahya Hamiduddin, he participated in politics and worked for the betterment of the people.
Mr. Theodore Beck & Aligarh Muslim University
None are we more indebted than to Mr. Theodore Beck, the Principal of our College, who, during five years of earnest labour and self sacrifice, has made our cause his own, and materially furthered it by acquiring that deep insight and intimate knowledge of the social, political and financial needs and requirements of the Mohammedan community
Roshni Hira se, 41-50
This is series of video lectures of author in Urdu on a book written as biographical account of Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him)
General Mahmud Khan – Beacon of the Bijnor
Mehmood Khan sent out a plea to Delhi through Mamdu Khan. In response Bahadur Shah Zafar decorated him with the title of Ameer Ud Daula Zia Ul Mulk Muhammad Mehmood Khan Bahadur Muzaffar Jang.
Roshni Hira Se by Dr. Shams Jilani, Part 21-40
1857: Fall of Delhi
Khawaja Hasan Nizami wrote, ‘’Poor Bakht Khan had to bear the burden of facing two adversaries, one were Britishers and other was Mirza Mughal. During these struggles his forces got out of control. Administrative body was rendered useless. Britishers captured Delhi and the scheme of rebellion went up in the air’’.
General and his Army’s bravado
Translation series of “Heroes of 1857”, by...
General Bakht Khan
This precarious condition of Delhi prompted General Bakht Khan to depart from Bareilly to Delhi. Nana Rao ‘s brother accompanied him. On route he went past Budaun and came to Farrukhabad.
Hagia Sophia – A Brief Timeline
Hagia Sophia served as a church for 916 years until the conquest of Istanbul, and a mosque from 1453 to 1934 nearly 500 years and most recently as a museum for 85 years.
Cause & effect – A Preamble to the Rebellion of 1857
All the people found inside the city for refuge were slayed by the bayonets’’. He wrote to his friend, “As you can imagine when I told you that in some houses 40-50 people took refuge. They were not rebels but residents of the city (Delhi)
Shahjahanabad – the living city
Rana Safvi plays the role of an omniscient guide, a companion spirit if you may, as she opens up a portal to a land that is now mere memory.
The Retreat of Lucknow
During the battle at the Begum’s mansion around 500 rebel fighters were martyred. Sir Colin (Commander-in-Chief) did anticipate a grueling fight at Qaiser Bagh but the local sub commanders were afraid of Urban warfare as there was house to house.
Plassey: Siraj vs Clive
Sudeep’s account on battle of Plassey, reads like a story, even though it has balanced its academic rigor.
The Last Stand by Awadh
The first combined Nepalese and British attack was on “Alam Bagh”. There was an intense fight at Hazrat Mahal’s mansion around which hundreds of Rebel’s bodies were seen scattered. However just before the imminent takeover of “Chulakhi”, Khan Ali Khan reached with one thousand of his soldiers.
Roshni Hira Se by Dr. Shams Jilani, Part I-20
The Rebel Queen: Begum Hazrat Mahal
Hazrat Mahal turned the enemy away with display of extreme bravery. She has proved to be such a courageous woman and truly kept the honor of your name. For how brave and valiant he himself must be, whose woman has the capability to fight with equal ferocity as any man.”
Awadh: Tale of Fledgling Nawabs & The Wayward King
Wajid Ali Shah also started publication of a newspaper by the name of “Aseer” (Prisoner) under the editorship of Munshi Muzaffar Ali, bringing open discussions about the matter of the State in open.
Annexation Saga of Awadh
Governor General, in a public gathering, with the endorsement from all palaces and Custodian of the City, disanointed Wazir Ali Khan from throne. It didn’t end here. Wazir Ali Khan was also exiled from the country and put under house arrest at Banaras Dargakand.
Heroes of 1857 by Sayyada Anees Fatima
The constant mentions of life in Barielly was normal and essential to their daily life routine despite passing of almost 5 decades. Barielly jaisa baisan kahein nahi milta (Trans. Can’t find the quality of Baisan of Barielly).
Ethical Justice as the Expression of Divine Virtue of Ibn-Miskawaih
Ibn- Miskawaih is one of the outstanding figures in the history of Islamic philosophy and ethics. He is considered the first Muslim thinker who presented a systematic treatise on ethics and wrote Tahadhib-al-Akhlaq, a book that is philosophic and systematic.
A visual gallery of Islamic Headgear across the Globe
It has been said that the word “Taqiyah” has been derived from Persian word, Taq that means dome. From Central Asian countries to South Asia, one can find a diverse varieties of colorful headgear that became a part of their cultural outfit.
Hazrat Ali Karram-Allah-u Wajhahu ki Zindagi aur Shahadat
بن ِ ملجم نے اپنی زہریلی تلوار سے اس وقت ان پرحملہ کیا جب وہ فجر کی نماز کے لیئے باہر تشریف لائے ۔ اس مردود نے ان کے سرمیں ضربِ کاری لگا ئی
Bareilly in 1st war of Independence: 1857 Accounts
On 31st May, the Indian Sepoy posted at Bareilly revolted against company and Bakht Khan’s was appointed as General of rebels. Under common consensus & unanimous support, Khan Bahadur Khan was appointed as the leader for Ruhilkhand.
FRENCH TOAST OF ALLYGURH
Perron was met with surprise because there was nothing back home in France that was called ‘French Toast’, but he thoroughly relished the offering from his kitchen.
TALES OF TASTE: MATRI OMELETTE
And to no surprise of his, he started the first bakery that produced the classic Matri in the afterglow of Delhi Durbar of 1911. Latif Khan took Rehmat Baig as his student of the craftsmanship of which he had become a maestro.
An Obituary: Irrfan Khan
gae dinoñ kā surāġh le kar kidhar se aayā kidhar gayā vo
ajiib mānūs ajnabī thā mujhe to hairān kar gayā vo
HAZRAT MAKHDOOM FARIDUDDIN TAVILE BUKHSH CHISHTI
Hazrat Makhdoom Fariduddin Tavile Buksh Chishti was the first Sufi of Chishti Nizami order who settled in Bihar, at a place known as Chandpura in the town of Bihar Sharif and built his Khanqah during the rule of Sultan Bahlol Lodi (1451-89AD).
Departure of Folklorist & Bangladeshi Poet: Dr. Ashraf Siddiqui
Portrait of Dr. Ashraf Siddiqui Source: From...
The Grand Old School – Delhi College
Courtyard, Madarsa Ghaziuddin, Sita Ram, C 1815...
Sayyad Altaf Ali
During 1857 mutiny his ancestors took an active participation & many of them had lost their life & properties. The author wrote in his memoir that during childhood days he used to accompanied his maternal grandfather to an old well located in the graveyard of Nuamahala mosque, Bareilly.
History of Quarantine
COVID 19, Pic source: John Hopkins University...
Exploring Princess Jahanara’s role in 17th India
17th C portrait attributed to Painter Lal Chand...
Hazrat Mian Mir Qadiri (q.s): A Mystic Who Inspired Mughal Royals
A serene view of the tomb with pigeons &...
Departure of Syed Meraj Ahmad
A loss of a star in Sufi Skies On intervening...
Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan: Emissary of Peace
That man is a Muslim who never hurts anyone by word or deed, but who works for the benefit and happiness of God’s creatures.’ Belief in God is to love one’s fellow men.
Sarfaroshi ki tamanna – Bismil Azimabadi
Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamaare dil mein hai
Dekhna hai zor kitna baazu-e-qaatil mein hai
Late Mir Abdul Aziz Sahab association with Sufi shrines of Kakori
A mid-nineteenth century narrative of oral...
Medical Education in Early Islamic Medicine: A Historical Perspective
Islamic medicine is one of the most shining facets of early Saracenic civilization, where we saw the participation of Arabs, Persians, Indians, Zoroastrians, Jews, and Nestorians.
Shams ud-Din Iltutmish
As per Tabaqat-i-Nasiri, he made Delhi the capital of his kingdom and invested in numerous waterworks, mosques and learning institutions. His patronage of scholars and artists made Delhi an important cultural center.
Niki Lagat Mohe Apne Piya Ki
नीकी लागत मोहे अपने पिया की शाह तुराब अली कलंदर...
Zalabia to Jalebi: A journey of South Asian Dessert
The 10th century culinary treatise of Abbasid era, Kitab al-Tabikh where more than ninety recipes of sweets has been cited has also mentioned these fritters as Zulaabiyyah.
Hazrat Shah Abban Badar Chishti (Amroha)
( شاہ ابٌن بدر چشتی ...
Memories of Past: From Ranikhet in lesser Himalayas to Sialkot in Punjab
Story of Sayyad Muhammad Shah Aziz Fatima, a...
Al Khwarizmi: A Medieval Polymath
A review article| Khalid Bin Umar During...
Hazrat Mullah Shah Badakshi
A short biographic account by Danyal Qadri...
The Legacy of Rooh Afza
Story of a hyperlocal herbal beverage of Indian...
Zarda: Story of an exotic Mughal dessert
Food story by Indo-Islamic Culture Zarda is a...
Origin of Pindaris
By Barmazid The origin of the Pindaris is...
Dr. Zakir Hussain, the third President of India
Pic source: Syed Naseer personal collection Dr....
TIPU SULTAN (1750-1799)
Pic source: Syed Naseer Album Syed Naseer|Tipu...
Sartajul Awliya Mujadidd-e-Azam Muhiyudin Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jilani Rahmatullah by Shams Jilani
سر تاج الاولیاءمجدد ِ اعظم محی الدین حضرت عبد...
A fascinating tale of Samosa
A food story of Indian snack by Indo-Islamic...
Naan, a leavened Asian bread
Historical time line of leavened bread by Indo...
A talk with Ziya Us Salam
Story of Delhi based author, columnist &...
AAh Saayadi Shahid Duniya se Hue Rukhsat
Sad demise of Hazrat Sayyad Shahid Hasni Noori...