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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Peter J. Chelkowski on Imam Husain

Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, New York University.

       "Hussein accepted and set out from Mecca with his family and an entourage of about seventy followers.  But on the plain of Kerbela they were caught in an ambush set by the … caliph, Yazid.  Though defeat was certain, Hussein refused to pay homage to him.  Surrounded by a great enemy force, Hussein and his company existed without water for ten days in the burning desert of Kerbela.  Finally Hussein, the adults and some male children of his family and his companions were cut to bits by the arrows and swords of Yazid's army; his women and remaining children were taken as captives to Yazid in Damascus.  The renowned historian Abu Reyhan al-Biruni states; "… then fire was set to their camp and the bodies were trampled by the hoofs of the horses; nobody in the history of the human kind has seen such atrocities."

[Ta'ziyeh: Ritual and Drama in Iran, New York, 1979, p. 2]