Zeenat ki Masjid

This mosque was situated towards north of 'Naqqar Khana'. This structure was built by some Zeenat Begum, a devotee of Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as).  The structure was made of bricks. It contained three compartments each entered by an arched doorway and covered by a dome. Central Arch was 7' BY 4.5''.  The prayer chamber measured 25'3'' by 13' and the courtyard of the mosque was 45' by 38'. A 'Baoli' was also built at the south of the mosque.  However the mosque was in dilapidated condition and completely demolished during the 'emergency of India' in 1975 A.D. (1395 A.H.)  Baoli was also in ruined state, contained no water. It was filled with the wreckage and debris of the mosque. Presently courtyard of the mosque is partially illegally encroached by the residents. A coal depot is also running at this place.

Zeenat Begum had resided near this mosque and spent all her life as 'khadima' of Shah-E-Mardan. Upon her death she was buried near the mosque.




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Robert Durey Osborn on Imam Husain

(1835-1889) Major of the Bengal Staff Corps.

q       "Hosain had a child named Abdallah, only a year old.  He had accompanied his father in this terrible march.  Touched by its cries, he took the infant in his arms and wept.  At that instant, a shaft from the hostile ranks pierced the child's ear, and it expired in his father's arms.  Hosain placed the little corpse upon the ground.  'We come from God, and we return to Him!' he cried; 'O Lord, give me strength to bear these misfortunes!' … Faint with thirst, and exhausted with wounds, he fought with desperate courage, slaying several of his antagonists.  At last he was cut down from behind; at the same instance a lance was thrust through his back and bore him to the ground; as the dealer of this last blow withdrew his weapon, the ill-fated son of Ali rolled over a corpse.  The head was severed from the trunk; the trunk was trampled under the hoofs of the victors' horses; and the next morning the women and a surviving infant son were carried away to Koufa.  The bodies of Hosain and his followers were left unburied on the spot where they fell.  For three days they remained exposed to the sun and the night dews, the vultures and the prowling animals of the waste; but then the inhabitants of a neighbouring village, struck with horror that the body of a grandson of the Prophet should be thus shamefully abandoned to the unclean beasts of the field, dared the anger of Obaidallah, and interred the body of the martyr and those of his heroic friends.

[Islam Under the Arabs, Delaware, 1976, pp. 126-7]