Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Tipu Sultan Shahi Mosque, a relic of architectural and cultural heritage.

The Tipu Sultan Shahi Mosque is a famous mosque in Kolkata, India. Located at 185 Dhartamtalla Street, the mosque is a relic of architectural and cultural heritage.People from all sections of society and religions are allowed to visit the mosque and take pictures of this historical premise.

The building was built in 1832 by Prince Ghulam Mohammed, the youngest son of Tipu Sultan.

The mosque has been headed by the Shahi Imam, since its construction. Presently Syed Mohammed Noorur Rahman Barkati is the Imam of the mosque. His father, Salman Barkati, was also the Shahi Imam till his death in 1985.

The expenses of the mosque are covered by the income from various rental properties owned by Masjid trust, headed by officials appointed by the Kolkata High Court.

The (Tipu Sultan Shahi Masjid Protection & Welfare Committee)Welfare Committee under the guidance of Hazrat Shahi ImamSahab,continues to play an active role in the daily affairs of the mosque. Committee members raised a sum of INR 21,501 for the 2004 Tsunami victims as part of the Prime Minister's Tsunami fund.

The Committee went on a 5-day hunger strike to seek the intervention of the central government when a Muslim dargah and a Hindu temple were ruined in Vadodara. It has condemned attacks on Hindu temples in Pakistan and the attacks on Christian missionaries in Orissa and other parts of India.

The Tipu Sultan Shahi Masjid Protection & Welfare Committee was founded in the late 1980s by Seraj Mubarki, Mohammad Sharfuddin, Izhar Khan and Syed Zafar to motivate and educate people about the damage caused to the masjid by the Metro railway. This committee is headed by the Shahi Imam with Mohammad Sharfuddin as its chairman and Aziz Mubarki as its secretary.

The committee was established to negotiate with the Kolkata Metro Train Authorities to repair the damage caused by the construction underneath the building. The Metro train authorities agreed to demolish the damaged part of the Mosque and rebuild it.
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