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One’s Own Deeds

Posted in Dreams in Disorder with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2011 by designldg

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“Az mast ke bar mast chon digari nist ”
{What ever happens to you (good or bad) is a result of your own actions (comes from within you)}
(Nāsir Khusraw – Persian poet, philosopher, Isma’ili scholar and traveler, 1004 – 1088)

Everything that we face in life is the result of our own actions not others.
This quote comes from a famous Farsi poem about an eagle hunted by an arrow which has eagle’s feathers so it can go as fast as the bird; it is used by the character of Akbar in the movie “Jodhaa Akbar”.
A part of the movie was shot in Fatehpur Sikri which is located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and built by Mughal emperor Akbar in 1570, in honour of Sufi saint Shaikh Salim Chisti.
This is a picture taken from a room of this royal palace.

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Talking about Allah

Posted in Islam with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2009 by designldg

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I took this picture in the Jama Masjid of Fatehpur Sikri (Hindi: फतेहपूर सिकरी, Urdu: فتحپور سیکری) which is a city located at 36 Km of Agra in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India.
It was the political capital of India’s Mughal Empire under Akbar’s reign, from 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned, ostensibly due to lack of water.

This Jama Masjid (mosque) was built in the manner of Indian mosques, with liwans (aisles) around a central courtyard.
A distinguishing feature is the row of chhatris (small domed pavilions) over the sanctuary.
This grand open mosque was the model for several Mughal mosques.
Flanked by arched cloisters, its vast congregational area has monumental gateways to the east and south.
The spiritual focus of the complex is the tomb of the Sufi mystic, Salim Chishti, as popular today as it was during the time of Akbar.

Last week it was very hot and many people came there in order to enjoy the air which was blowing in those huge corridors.
It was making a real contrast with the rest of the important site which was completely empty.

This picture is for Hasan, whome I met last winter at the Jama Masjid of Delhi and who ever since sends me oftenly beautiful verses from Qur’aan or from Hadith.

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The Wishkeeper

Posted in Islam with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2009 by designldg


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Ever since the great Mughal Emperor Akbar’s childlessness was ended by the remarkable prediction of Shaikh Salim Chisti (Urdu: شيخ سلیم چشتی ), in 1568, the Sufi saint’s tomb in Fatehpur Sikri (uttar Pradesh) has attracted crowds of supplicants, mostly childless women in search of miracle.

Visitors to the dargab, lavishly endowed by both Akbar and his son Jahangir, make a wish, tie a small cotton thread on the screen around the tomb, and go back confident that the saint will make it come true.

There is no whishkeeper, this young man is the tomb keeper, he was holding a peacock feather fan and he was smiling at me peacefuly.
I took several pictures of him but I like this one where he doesn’t look at me.
Maybe he knows each wish that people do there and that is why he looks at everyone who comes inside with such an intense look…

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Until Wishes Are Fulfilled

Posted in Islam with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2009 by designldg

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A few days ago I took this picture inside Salim Chisti’s Mazar (tomb) which is in the middle of The Emperor’s Courtyard at Fatehpur Sikri in the sate of Uttar Pradesh (India).

It is believed that whatever one wishes there will gets definitely fulfilled by the will of Salim Chisti himself.
This lady and this young boy are following a ritual, tying a thread at the marble windows of this Dargah in order to fulfill their wishes.

Mostly childless women, particularly those without a male heir, still continue to pray on bended knees before his tomb.
Such is the power of legends.

Shaikh Salim Chisti (Urdu: شيخ سلیم چشتی ) was one of the famous Sufi saints of the Chishti Order during Mughal empire in South Asia.

Salim Chisti (1478-1572) was a greatly revered Sufi Mystic who, it was thought by many, could perform miracles.
The Mughal Emperor Akbar-e-Azam came to the holy man’s camp, deep in the desert, seeking a male heir to his throne.
Salim Chisti blessed Akbar, and soon the first of three sons was born to him.
He named his first son Salim (later emperor Jahangir) in honor of Salim Chisti and held the Sufi in such high regard that he had a great city Fatehpur Sikri built around the Sufi Saint’s camp.
His Mughal Court and Courtiers were then relocated here.

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