Majlis Khana

Majlis Khana (a meeting House), also known as 'Jahaz' (ship) was situated immediately west of 'Qadam Shareef' and South of 'Nawab Qudsia ki Masjid'. It was built by Nawab Qudsia Zamani, the grandmother of last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, under the supervision of Nawab Bahadur Jawaid Khan in 1164 A.H. (1750-51A.D.). An inscription on the gateway of the enclosure of Dargah Shah-e-Mardan refers its construction by Qudsia Begum.

It was a masonry building with a flat wooden roof and arched openings. It consisted of a rectangular hall  74' 6'' by 16' 4'' and two wide huge gateways. It was called 'Jahaz' (ship) because of its gigantic hall with wooden roof, pillars and the size of its gateways. Within itself, it had a 21' 6'' by 19' 4'' wooden room towards the south. The room was intended as a repository for the processional relies such as 'Tazia' and 'Alams'. It was on a higher level than the hall. The hall was intended for Majalis held on the 2oth of every lunar month, in honor of Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib(as). The chief Majlis  is still being held in the month of Ramzan, in which Maula Ali(as) was slain. After few decades the roof and pillars had fallen down, due to the climate and non maintenance. That is why 'Majlis Khana' went into disuse and practice of holding majalis took place in Imam Bara, built by Ishrat Ali, which is still going on.

At present its two huge masonry gateways in east, and one gateway in west,  are still in very good condition and the whole area of this 'Majlis Khana' is being used as 'Sehan' (courtyard). A small gate was opened in the southern wall of Nawab Qudsiya Mosque for connection, to use this courtyard for congregation during Eid-ul-fitr and Eid-uz-Zuha. Anjuman-e-Haideri (regd.) has constructed a store room in the south-west of Majlis Khana in 2010 A.D.

In January 2012, on the day of 'Chehlum' of Imam Hussain (as), Anjuman-e-Hiaderi's (regd.) office bearers along with some other momineen were trying to open the 'Western Gate' of Dargah Shah-e-Mardan, which opens in this 'Majlis Khana', and which was closed by some unsocial elements forcefully. In response, instead of helping the rightful and arresting the culprits, Delhi Police first tried to stop the 'Anjuman-e-Haideri's (regd.) office bearers and other 'momineen' (devotees) forcefully and then opened fire on them. Many were injured including 'Maulana' (religious leaders) but by the grace of 'Allah Almighty', no casualty took place.  Delhi Police wanted to keep the gate permanently closed. By the grace of Allah Almighty this gate is now permanently open. On the occasion of  'Chehlum'  of Imam Hussain (as) and 'Masoom Ka Tazia', it is used as VIP gate for Ambassadors, Foreign Diplomats and other dignitaries and the courtyard is used as a parking space for Foreign Diplomats and Dignitaries.

A criminal proceeding against those responsible police officers is still pending before the court of Law.


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Ignaz Goldziher on Imam Husain

(1850-1921) Famous Hungarian orientalist scholar.

q       "Ever since the black day of Karbala, the history of this family … has been a continuous series of sufferings and persecutions.  These are narrated in poetry and prose, in a richly cultivated literature of martyrologies - a Shi'i specialty - and form the theme of Shi'i gatherings in the first third of the month of Muharram, whose tenth day ('ashura) is kept as the anniversary of the tragedy at Karbala.  Scenes of that tragedy are also presented on this day of commemmoration in dramatic form (ta'ziya).  'Our feast days are our assemblies of mourning.' So concludes a poem by a prince of Shi'i disposition recalling the many mihan of the Prophet's family.  Weeping and lamentation over the evils and persecutions suffered by the 'Alid family, and mourning for its martyrs: these are things from which loyal supporters of the cause cannot cease.  'More touching than the tears of the Shi'is' has even become an Arabic proverb."

[Introduction to Islamic Theology and Law, Princeton, 1981, p. 179]