The Beautiful Ruknuddaula Mosque

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On the road from Chawri bazar Metro Station to Jama Masjid there is one of the prettiest mosques in Delhi. 2014-09-20 01.45.17_wm This is the Ruknuddaula Mosque on the first floor on your left as you walk towards Jama Masjid. It is very easy to miss the mosque unless you know about it and look up. Normally there is such a crowd in the Chawri bazar lanes that one keeps their eyes peeled straight ahead to avoid banging into someone.2014-09-20 01.46.07_wmThis mosque was built by nawab Ruknuddaula who was the Prime Minister of Mughal Emperor Akbar Shah II. Not much is known about him except that he was from Hyderabad and his family didnot stay on in Delhi. Imam Nuruddin told me that the Mosque was entrusted into the care of a Lalaji ( he didn’t know the name) and till recently he was the one who took care of it. Now the Delhi Waqf Board has taken over. wpid-2014-10-10-12.30.07_wm.jpg.jpegThe beauty of this mosque are its stone carvings. They have all been carved in the main stone itself and not added from on top.wpid-photogrid_1411672769223_wm.jpg Its simply breathtaking and one has to go there and see it for oneself to believe that such exquisite work was done in India. These flowers were carved out from the slab of stone itself and one can imagine the painstaking work involved.

20140919_173126 This mehrab has again been carved out of the main block and as Imam Nuruddin said might have taken a couple of months.wpid-photogrid_1411159660741_wm.jpgImam Nuruddin who has been leading the prayers in this mosque has been here for 40+ years. He lives nearby and is by profession a darner. he showed me his work and as you can see there are no traces of the darn from on top.wpid-20140919_173312.jpgA functioning mosque it was time for the evening prayers so I left.

Location : between Chawri bazar Metro Station Gate no. 3 towards Jama Masjid, on your left.

 

 

 

 

 

A message by Jamaluddin Ahmed
“Ruknuddaula was my great grand father. He and his son Ziauddaula were the prime ministers of the Moghuls. During the mutiny Ziauddaula lost his sons because they were in the forefront of the mutiny. They were hung at the qooni darwaza. His youngest son as a child was taken in disguise by his maid to Hyderabad. There in Hyderabad nawab Bashiruddin Ahmed Khan grew up and went back to Delhi to claim his property that was confiscated by the Britishers.

Ruknuddaula built this mosque in the middle of then red light district to encourage people to go to the masjid and pray as opposed to get involved in immoral activities such as prostitution as johns.

IMG_3361A painting of Zaiuddaula sent by his great grandson Jamaluddin Ahmed Khan

Comment List

  • Akbar Ali Khan 12 / 06 / 2015 Reply

    Thanks for blowing away some dust from this hidden gem of a structure! Recently I visited this mosque when I was on one of my usual early morning walks of Old Delhi and before entering Churdi-walan I saw this mosque sitting atop its glory!

    • Rana Safvi 12 / 06 / 2015 Reply

      It’s one of the most exquisite mosques in Delhi

  • Jamaluddin Ahmed Khan 26 / 09 / 2015 Reply

    Ruknuddaula was my great grand father. He and his son Ziauddaula were the prime ministers of the Moghuls. During the mutiny Ziauddaula lost his sons because they were in the forefront of the mutiny. They were hung at the qooni darwaza. His youngest son as a child was taken in disguise by his maid to Hyderabad. There in Hyderabad nawab Bashiruddin Ahmed Khan grew up and went back to Delhi to claim his property that was confiscated by the Britishers.

    Ruknuddaula built this mosque in the middle of then red light district to encourage people to go to the masjid and pray as opposed to get involved in immoral activities such as prostitution as johns.

    • Rana Safvi 26 / 09 / 2015 Reply

      This is very interesting . Thank you so much. Can you send me some photographs too? Will add to the piece

      • Jamaluddin Ahmed Khan 26 / 09 / 2015 Reply

        I reside in Canada for the past 45 years. You can read my columns in Okhlaheadlines.com. I am also known as Jamal Khan, retired Toronto police Staff Sergeant. I found out about your website just few days ago after returning from India. My nephew send it to me via WhatsApp. You can see my picture on Okhlaheadlines along with my brief background. I have ziauddaula’s hand painted photograph that I can send you. Please let me know how.

        • Rana Safvi 26 / 09 / 2015 Reply

          Thank you so much. Please do send the photograph.

  • sameha 05 / 10 / 2015 Reply

    Hello Rana thanks for sharing this information.
    I am the wife of the great great grandson of Janab Ruknuddaula Sahab.I can also forward you the pictures of his great grand sons and some more pics related to them.kindly forward me your email so you can add to the write up.

    Thanks
    Sameha

    • Rana Safvi 05 / 10 / 2015 Reply

      Thank you so much. Where do you stay? Do add to the narrative

      • Jamaluddin Ahmed Khan 06 / 10 / 2015 Reply

        Dear Rana Sahab, I was so pleased to hear from Sameha. Alhamdulilah we are related. I would like to know the name of her husband, his father and any other information she may be able to provide, so that we can establish the relationship, inshallah. My father’s name is late Nawab Zahiruddin Ahmed Khan son of late nawab Bashiruddin Ahmed Khan son of Ziauddsulah Bahadur son of Ruknuddaula Bahadur. I was born in Hyderabad, live in Bashir Manzil and left there to immigrate to Canada as a young man 45 years ago.

        I am anxiously waiting to hear from her. Thank you. May Allah bless you!

        Regards,
        Jamal

  • Babar Mirza 11 / 03 / 2016 Reply

    Assalam alaikum, thank you Rana Safvi for this excellent site through which I was fortunate to get a glimpse of my ancestry as well. I am the nephew (bhanja) of Jamal Khan Sb, and hence the builder of this mosque, Janab Ruknuddaula, was my great great great grand father. Delighted to see the noble work of my forefathers and inshaAllah will make it a point to visit this fabulous masjid on my next visit to Delhi. Incidentally I too stay outside India, although born in and belonging to Hyderabad. Thanks again. Babar Mirza

    • ranasafvi 12 / 03 / 2016 Reply

      Thats great to hear

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