Kazmain

 

A masonry structure on the eastern side of 'Qadam Shareef' is the latest addition to the enclosure of Dargah Shah-e-Mardan. It was built by Ghulam Asghar Soomar in 1988 A.D. (1408 A.H.).  It is a small 23' 5" by 11' rectangular room with two domes, and one small minaret. It is built in honor of ‘Kazmain', Shrine situated in Baghdad, Iraq. 'Kazmain' is the resting place of seventh Imam Musa Kazim (as) and the ninth Imam Muhammad Taqi (as). A replica of ‘Kazmain' has been placed inside.

Alams of Hazrat Abbas (as), the son of Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as) are adorned on walls. Initially it had two doorways on each corner, but for unknown reasons, those doors were closed permanently by masonry work and a single door is opened in the centre of the structure. The domes were covered with small ceramic tiles and a small minaret is also added later to the structure.

 

 


Reference:-

Dilli ki Dargah Shah-e-Mardan by Dr. Khaliq Anjum, Published in 1988 A.D.

 

 


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Washington Irving on Hazrat Ali

(1783-1859)  Well-known as the “first American man of letters”.

q       "He was one of the last and worthiest of the primitive Moslems, who imbibed his religious enthusiasm from companionship with the Prophet himself, and followed to the last the simplicity of his example.  He is honourably spoken of as the first Caliph who accorded some protection to Belles-Lettres.  He indulged in the poetic vein himself, and many of his maxims and proverbs are preserved, and have been translated in various languages.  His signet bore this inscription: 'The kingdom belongs to God'.  One of his sayings shows the little value he set upon the transitory glories of this world, 'Life is but the shadow of a cloud - the dream of a sleeper'."

[Lives of the Successors of Mahomet, London, 1850, pp. 187-8]