Location : Banks of Dal Lake
Dedicated To : Prophet Mohammad
Highlights : Houses Moi-e-Muqqadus (preserved sacred hair) of
The Hazratbal mosque is situated in Srinagar
district, on the western banks of the picturesque Dal Lake. Facing the
beautiful Nishat Bagh, the mosque offers a spectacular view of the lake
and the mountain afar. This revered shrine houses the Moi-e-Muqqadus
(preserved sacred hair) of Prophet Mohammad. Public display of the hair
takes place only on religious occasions. Some of the other names of the
Hazrat Bal mosque are Assar-e-Sharief, Madinat-us-Sani and Dargah Sharif.
One of the most revered Muslim shrines, Hazratbal is an epitome of the
love and respect of Muslims for the Prophet.
Hazratbal Shrine of
Kashmir, India dates back to as far as the early seventeenth century. The
Subedar of Mughal Emperor Shahjahan, Sadiq Khan, constructed Ishrat Mahal
(Pleasure House), along with a garden at the site of the mosque in 1623.
However, when Shahjahan visited the place in 1634, he ordered the
conversion of the palace into a prayer house. But, it was only during the
reign of Emperor Aurangzeb that Moi-e-Muqqadus arrived in Kashmir in 1699.
Initially, it was kept in the shrine of Naqashbad Sahib situated in the
center of the city. However, the unparalleled huge rush of people that
inundated the shrine to look at the Moi-e-Muqqades made the place seem
quite small. Thus, it was decided to shift the Moi-e-Muqqades to
Hazratbal, then known as Sadiqabad.
The Hazratbal Mosque of
Kashmir is a beautiful structure of immaculate white marble. The Muslim
Auqaf Trust headed by Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah started the construction
work on this marble structure in 1968. The construction took about eleven
years and the mosque was completed in 1979. The Friday prayers offered at
Hazratbal attract the resident Muslim in huge numbers. Another attraction
of Hazratbal is that it is the only domed mosque in Srinagar.