Haji Makhdoom Ali {r.a}

Hazrat Haji Makhdoom Ali Mahimi shah baba {r.a}

Makhdoom Ali Mahimi r.a(1372-1431) was a Sufi saint from India, widely acknowledged for his scholarly treatise, liberal views and humanist ideals. Mahimi was born into a family of Arab travellers who had settled down on the island of Mahim, one of the seven islands that later formed the city of Bombay (now Mumbai).

Not much is known of his early childhood. He later became the disciple of Mohiuddin Abne Arabi, a Spanish based saint revered by Muslims. Mahimi’s reputation grew after the sultan of Gujarat, Ahmed Shah of the Muzaffarid dynasty, chose him to be the town’s Qazi (the head Muslim cleric of a town). Mahimi was the first Indian scholar to have written an exegesis on the Qur’an, which gained critical acclimation from numerous Islamic scholars including Shah Waliullah. Authoring a total of nineteen books, he was given the moniker Qutbe Kokan (Kokans polestar). Mahimi is revered by both the Muslims and Hindus. Muslim sects such as the sunnis, shias and the barelvis hold him in high esteem. After his death in 1431, he was buried in Mahim itself. The site later became a dargah (shrine) for the faithful.

Please watch these videos for more on Haji Makhdoom Ali Mahimi {r.a} life,karamat and Dargah:

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Urs festival

During the annual ten day Urs festival celebrated on the 08th of Jammadil Akhir, the Muslim calendar, millions of devotees visit his dargah. The highlight of this is a procession of around eight thousand begins at the Mahim Police Station, believed to be the site of his residence. Two policemen from each of the eighty four city police stations represent the police whose association with the saint dates back to the saint’s era. A representative of the Mumbai police who is the first to offer the “chaddar” (shawl) at the tomb on the first day of the festival. Legend has it that it was a police constable who gave water to the dying saint from his cap. Another story points to some miraculous assistance policemen once received from an old man, whom they believed was the saint, in fighting smugglers.

A room adjacent to the office of the senior inspector of police station contains a steel cupboard that houses the saint’s preserved belongings such as his chair, a pair of sandals and his hand-written Qur’an which is considered to be a calligraphic work of art. The room is opened once every year to the public. In 1920 the cupboard was purchased by a senior British police inspector, Raymond Esquire as a tribute to the saint he revered.

On 2005-05-21, the government of Maharashtra named the JJ Flyover after the saint as a tribute to the saint. The 2.1 kilometre flyover is the longest viaduct in the country.