Nawab Qudsia ki Masjid

It is also known as 'White Mosque' and is situated immediately north of 'Majlis Khana'. It was built by Nawab Qudsia Begum Zamani, the grandmother of the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, under the supervision of Nawab Bahadur Jawaid Khan in 1165-64 A.H. (1750 A.D.). An inscription on the gateway of the enclosure of Dargah shah-e-Mardan refers its construction by Qudsiya Begum.

The structure is made of lime stone and bricks coated with white plaster. It contains three compartments each entered by an arched doorway and covered by a dome. Central arch is 8' 6'' by 5'. The prayer chamber measures 40' by 11'' and the courtyard of the mosque is 44' 8'' by 34' 9''. Before the courtyard towards the east there was a tank measuring 31' 9'' by 14' 3'' by 3' deep, with a red stone fountain jet in the centre. In 1976 A.D. (1396 A.H.) this tank was filled, fountain was removed and the area is merged with the courtyard of the mosque for congregation. Initially mosque had only one gate towards South, but currently there are three gates, one each in East, South and North.  Mosque has three basements, which are being used.

Recently special arrangements have been made by Anjuman-e-Haideri (regd.) for 'Khawateen' (Ladies). By the grace of 'Allah Almighty' and under the blessings of ‘Imam- e- Zamana (ajtf)'  'khawateen' perform prayers on every Friday in 'Jama'at' (congregation).


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Edward G. Brown on Imam Husain

Sir Thomas Adams Professor of Arabic and oriental studies at the University of Cambridge.

q       "… a reminder of the blood-stained field of Kerbela, where the grandson of the Apostle of God fell at length, tortured by thirst and surrounded by the bodies of his murdered kinsmen, has been at anytime since then sufficient to evoke, even in the most lukewarm and heedless, the deepest emotions, the most frantic grief, and an exaltation of spirit before which pain, danger and death shrink to unconsidered trifles."

[A Literary History of Persia, London, 1919, p. 227]