Bibi ki Chakki

Adjoining to 'Qadam Shareef' in the north is the 'Bibi Ka Rauza' or 'Bibi ki Chakki'. It was a masonry hexagonal burj (building), which was situated in a walled enclosure and was covered by a dome. Later the burj and its dome were removed and the whole enclosure was covered by a flat roof. It contained 'Kaasa-e-Fatima', a cup of Bibi Fatima (sa). Bibi Fatima (sa) is the beloved daughter of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the wife of Imam Ali (as) ibn Abu Talib (as), and the mother of Imam Hussain (as).  The building was built to contain the 'kaasa-e-Fatima' (cup) and dedicated to her. Hence it was located in appropriate proximity to 'Qadam shareef', a relic of her husband.

It is not known when and where the cup has been disappeared or how it turned into 'Chakki' (grinding stone). Inside the ‘burj', on a small masonry platform, a carved round stone were kept to contain the 'kaasa-e-Fatima' (cup). Probably that stone has become popular as 'Chakki'.

Currently replicas of Shrine of Hazrat Zainab (sa), the daughter of Imam Ali (as) and Hazrat Sakina (sa), the beloved daughter of Imam Hussain (as) are placed inside it.

As a sign of the reverence to Bibi Fatima (sa) Pardah/Hijab (veil) was strictly observed and men were not permitted to enter the Rauza and defile it by their sight. The same practice is still followed.


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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on Prophet Muhammad

(1869-1948) Indian thinker, statesman, and nationalist leader.Father of the Nation-India

q "....I became more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the prophet, the scrupulous regard for his pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission. These, and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every trouble."

[Young India (periodical), 1928, Volume X]