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Baitul Mukarram

Location: Baitul Mukarram Mosque is situated at Gulistan (the meeting point of Old Dhaka and New Dhaka, at the east side of Bangladesh Secretariat and at the north of the Dhaka Stadium.

Brief History: Abdul Latif Ibrahim Bawani proposed to build a mosque with a large capacity. In 1959, the 'Baitul Mukarram Mosque Society' was formed to plan and complete the project. The site was also near to the CBD (central business district) Motizheel. Architect T Abdul Hussain Thariani was assigned to design the mosque complex. The plan included shops, offices, libraries and parking areas within the complex.

Description: Principal Mosque in the city. It is three storied and designed according to the design of the Kaba Sharif. There are very eye-catching and expensive decorations inside. To the south and the east, there are long lawns, garden and rows of fountains. The mosque is on an elevated platform and it is 99 feet high from the ground level. There are two shallow domes on the doorway. The area of the main prayer hall is 26,517 square feet. From the south, east and north, gorgeous flights of stairs guide to it. On the east, there is a long verandah, which is also used for prayer and Eid congregation. There is a shopping centre in the ground floor.

Tara Mosque

 With hundreds of large and tiny flashing stars as exterior decorations, it is an architecturally flawless a five-domed mosque built at some point at the first half of 19th century. The stars have been shaped by fixing portions of chinaware on white cement. From the front and from far away it looks like a dark blanket sewn with diamonds on top of the facade of the earth. The interior of it is even more beautiful than the exterior- attractive mosaic floor and exceptional tiles with a lot of flowery patterns placed on the walls are all in total accordance.

Shatgombuj Mosque

The Sixty Pillar Mosque(the Shatgumbad) is a mosque located in Bagerhat, south Bangladesh. This is one of the oldest mosques in the country. It attracts a large number of tourists and visitors every year.

It has more than sixty pillars with its eighty one gambuj or domes. Seventy seven domes are over the roof and four smaller ones over the four corner towers. It was established by Khan Jahan Ali, a Muslim saint and the local ruler of Bagerhat, during the 15th century CE. The mosque is decorated mostly with terracotta and bricks.

Bagha Mosque

The famous Bagha Mosque in terracotta is on the east of Bagha upazila in Rajshahi, Bangladesh. The natural surrounding of the Bagha Mosque, with thousands of migratory birds visiting the adjacent dighi (pond) can be another attraction for tourists. There is the shrine of Auliah Hazrat Danishmand (R) and his disciples at Bagha Mosque complex.

Chandanpura Mosque

chandanpura-mosque Situated in the old city, the multi domed mosque is an architectural sight to behold.

Andarkilla Jum-e-Mosque

The chittagong jam-e- mosque is ancient and large Jame mosque. More than 10,000 people can say prayer together at the time of Jumah. It is the Principal Mosque in the city. it is Mosque is situated at Andarkilla , in center of the chittagong city

Bayazid Bastami

Bayazid Bastami also known as Abu Yazid Bistami or Tayfur Abu Yazid al-Bustami, (804-874CE) was a Persian Sufi born in Bostam,Iran. The name Bastami means "from the city of Bastam". Bayazid Bastami had great influence on Sufi mysticism and is considered to be one of the important early teachers of Sufi Islam.

Bistami was the first to speak openly of "annihilation of the self in God" (fana fi 'Allah') and "subsistence through God" (baqa' bi 'Allah). His paradoxical sayings gained a wide circulation and soon exerted a captivating influence over the minds of students who aspired to understand the meaning of the wahdat al-wujud, Unity of Being.

He died in 874CE and is buried either in the city of Bistam in north central Iran, or in Semnan, Iran. Interestingly enough, there is a shrine in Chittagong, Bangladesh that local people believe to be Bastami's tomb as well. This is unlikely to be true, as Bastami was never known to have visited Bangladesh. However, Sufi teachers were greatly influential in the spread of Islam in Bengal and this might explain the belief. The Islamic scholars of Bangladesh usually regard the tomb at Chittagong attributed to him as a jawab, or imitation.

Shah Amanat (R)'s Mazar

Shah Amanat (R)  a famous saint of Chittagong. Hadrat Shah Amanat is said to have come from Bihar Sharif. At Chittagong he lived in a cottage and accepted service as a pankha walla (hanging fan puller) in the Judge's Court. From the circumstantial evidence it appears that he was a man of the late 18th century.

Shah Amanat lived a very simple life. His daily routine was to attend to his duties in the Court and to engage in prayers. No one knew that he was spiritually endowed nor did he pose to be such. His greatness was revealed through a Karamat (spiritual power with magical elements) which brought him to the limelight and people came to know that he was a darvish (saint) of a high order. When his spiritual attainments became known, he gave up his job and remained busy in meditation. He is ranked among the great saints of Chittagong. People visit his mazar specially to seek blessings in matters of litigation.

Hadrat Shah Amanat lies buried in a mausoleum to the east of the Laldighi of Chittagong

Hazrat Shah Jalal (R)'s Mazar

Hazrat Shah Jalal (R) was a major sufi saint of Bengal and is the most celebrated personality of the region of Sylhet, Bangladesh. Shah Jalal (R) commands great respect of Muslims of the subcontinent and is regarded as a national hero by Bangladeshis. Shah Jalal's name is associated with the Muslim conquest of Sylhet, of which he is considered to be the main figure. He lies buried at Sylhet

And also there is another mazar of Shah Paran (R),was a renowned Sufi saint of the Suhrawardiyya and Jalalia order. It is said that he was the son of a sister of Hazrat Shah Jalal (R).He was an accomplice of his uncle, Shah Jalal, with whom he arrived in India. In 1303 AD, He took part in the expedition of Sylhet which was led by Shah Jalal. After the conquest of Sylhet he established a khanqah at Khadim Nagar in Dakshingarh Pargana, about 7 km away from Sylhet town, where he started Sufi spiritual practices and activities. He played a significant role in propagating Islam and establishing Muslim rule in the Sylhet region.

Shah Paran (R)'s Mazars

Brief Description

Hajrat Khan Jahan Ali's Mazar

Besides the Shat Gambuj Mosque, shrine of Hajrat Khan Jahan Ali is only 3 km ahead. You can go there by rickshaw (a three wheeled peddler). A great number of tourist goes the shrine to pray for this great man Hajrat Khan Jahan Ali. From this shrine a steamer goes to the Thakur Dighi where you will find the ancient crocodiles in this Dighi. (Dighi is a local name of larger pond) Besides this Dighi a Nine Gambuj Mosque is an attraction also for the tourists.

The Bishwa Ijtema

The Bishwa Ijtema,or (World Congregation) is an annual Tablighi Jamaat Islamic movement congregation held at Tongi, Bangladesh by the river Turag.the world's second largest Muslim gathering after the Haj in Saudi Arabia and annual get-together of Tablig Jamaat,

The congregation takes place at an area comprising 160 acres of land (0.25 square mile). Devotees from approximately 80 countries, including the host country, Bangladesh, attend the three-day Ijtema seeking divine blessings from Allah.

Darut Tabligh Mosque

The dawa movement, commonly known as tablig zamat, that started in north India in the 1920s crossed over to Bangladesh in the 1950s. There are hundreds of zamats or groups of people committed to spread the message of Islam as they believe to have been preached by the Prophet to make the followers of Islam 'better' Muslims. The members of zamat do not receive any money for their time or do not pay any fees to participate, but they seem to have made impacts in many Muslims lives, and in the creation of 'brotherhood' to help each other in the groups for economic and social activities. The annual congregation of tablig zamat held every year for three days in January in the outskirts of Dhaka city draws as much as three million people.  

WASIM AHMED