HAJI ALI BABA – The Prince of the Waves

All those who live in Mumbai know of Haji Ali. For many this shrine is a place of immense faith and devotion. For some it is a beautiful landmark. For many the very sight of Haji Ali Dargah, about 500 feet into the Arabian Sea, like a floating palace brings forth a host of memories.

So who is Haji Ali Baba?

Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari is from ancient Persia, Iran, now Uzbekistan and he was called Qutub-E-Zamaan (highest Saint of His times). There are many stories of how He landed in India, the most convincing one of how he found his way back to Mumbai on His way back from a voyage to Mecca. Whatever be the case, Haji Ali Baba spent the last few years of His life in Mumbai, always close to the Holy spot where His holy body has been preserved. He spoke with all those who wanted his help and guidance and caste, creed, religion did not play a role.

He was of the firm belief that each day passes like the clouds in the sky and thus every moment you have the opportunity, do good. Focus on good and spread the inherent goodness of all creation.

His philosophy was that if you go within and really know yourself, you will know God, as God resides within each one. So know yourself. Like Ramana Maharishi said – Who am I?

In February 1431, Haji Ali told His followers that when He left His body, they should put Him in a casket and release the tomb in the water in the Arabian Sea. Wherever the casket would resurface would be His final resting place. Where we have all gathered today is the very sacred spot where the casket carrying Haji Ali Baba’s body resurfaced.

People from all faiths come and bow their heads in obeisance to Haji Ali Baba with immense faith.

Excerpts from THE PERFECT ONES – By Ruzbeh Nari Bharucha
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COSMIC HEART GALLERY at New Marine Lines, is an art space with a difference which offers an exquisite collection of art which will touch your soul. We are committed to bringing beautiful gifts from the world of sound and art into peoples’ lives to enable them connect to the Divine.

For this special occasion of the "CENTENARY CELEBRATION OF THE HAJI ALI DARGAH TRUST", Cosmic Heart Gallery had put together an exquisite collection of “Moalla Calligraphy” all the way from Iran, by world renown artist Kaveh Afraie. It is no co incidence that Haji Baba’s roots are from Iran.

'It is the first time in the history of shrine' that art has been displayed amidst the blessed courtyard. This Exhibition now continues at the gallery… So this art is blessed and has now adorned the gallery walls to reach people’s homes.

"Beautiful calligraphy is defined as art of beautiful writing adhering to aesthetics and grace. Not only does it have great aesthetic value but also powerful energy signatures and frequency that it translates into homes; as each writing carries erudite sayings, prayers periodicals and deeds of the Prophet Muhammed. This unique collection has been adorned with Tazhib (gilding) which has been derived from “zahab” meaning “gold”.

A unique performance of the Tahir Faridi Sufi Qawwali Ensemble was arranged for this special occasion. Tahir Qawwal’s passionately devotional music is a leading representation of Sufi Qawwali music worldwide. With its rich rhythmic grooves, soaring vocal melodies and bright intensity, Tahir’s music urges us to lift our hearts in exaltation and devotion to the Divine. His Qawwali ensemble embodies an authentic continuation of the ancient tradition of Sufi music.

Going down in history as a first, sister Aminah Chishti performed at the shrine (she is an integral part of the ensemble) representing equality & love. So this was also a lot of grace & blessings with many firsts.

Tahir Faridi Qawwali Ensemble is deeply respected throughout the sub continent. During their 15 years of world-wide touring in places as diverse as the USA, Europe, Indonesia, India and Egypt, they have captivated audiences with their dynamic passion and skill, and continue to deepen the appreciation for this great Sufi tradition in the West and all over the world.

Sharing Cosmic Heart's blissful moments of the special evening at the blessed shrine....the journey with art & music continues!

Soulful performance by the Fanna Fi Allah ensemble... — with Tahir Qawwal, Andre Prys, Aminah Chishti and Paskal Suraj. Cosmic Heart presents a beautiful artwork of the shrine by Artist Gautam Patole to the Haji Ali Dargah Trust on the special occasion of their Centenary celebrations. Maulana Syed Moin Miyan - High Priest from the lineage of Prophet, blessing the journey of the gallery... Fanna Fi Allah ensemble and Jalpa Vithalani Creative Head Cosmic Heart Gallery with Mr Masood Dada - Trustee, Haji Ali, Ms Sayeeda Dada & Mr Sohel Khandwani - Trustee, Haji Ali — with Andre Prys, Tahir Qawwal, Aminah Chishti, Paskal Suraj, Kaveh Afraie, Jalpa Vithalani and Kaveh Afraie.
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