Jameh Masjid 'Sadria'
Hazrat Moazam (R,A) laid the foundation of this magnificent mosque when he moved here from Darwesh. Hazrat Moazam had a great fondness for mosques right since beginning. Late Khwajah Mohammad Khan (a feudal at Darwesh) used to say, “We were Hazrat Moazam’s age fellows. We were kids. Whenever we set out to play, he used to take us to one mosque or another. Then he used to remain absorbed in its structure.” Hazrat A’ala says that he himself went to confirm this from the late Khan.
About the construction of the mosque, Hazrat A’ala always expresses wonder that there were no special devices to ascertain the direction of prayer during that age; nor did there exist modern formulas like nowadays, even then the direction set by Hazrat Moazam is accurate even according to the modern devices.
It is easier to spend on government mosques. However, spending so much on a private mosque signifies the superior taste of Hazrat Moazam and Hazrat A’ala.
Work was in progress on Mehrab (the niche in a mosque showing the direction of Makkah). Hazrat Moazam (R.A) came in. He said to the mason, Faiz, “Do not use a colour that may fade away later on.” He replied, “The golden colour may turn black later on.” He said, “Leave it.” The mason was familiar with his taste. He said, “This will mar its beauty.” He asked, “Then, what could be the solution?” The mason replied, “It has only one solution that pure gold be plated here.” Hazrat Moazam did not lose a moment. He instantly went home, talked to the women of the family and brought to hand over their jewelry to the mason. Hence, gold was plated on the upper flowery painting of the mehrab, which adds to the decoration of the house of Allah with the same grandeur despite the passage of 60 to 70 years.
Sacrificing the jewels of family on the mehrab of the mosque
May Allah bless Sadrul Aoliya for his passion to scrifice
Since these women had spent their life under the auspices of Hazrat Moazam (R.A), they happily sacrificed their jewelry. Otherwise, normally women are never ready to give away even a particle of gold.
Someone objected, “You are spending so much wealth on the mosque, isn’t it extravagance?” He replied, “This objection is not new. Our lord Osman Ghani (R.A) made expansions in the Prophet’s Mosque during the time of his caliphate, for which he imported teak wood from Syria. Firstly, teak wood was very expensive. Secondly, it was brought from Syria. Means of transpiration were also not like those of nowadays. Someone objected that the chief of the faithful was committing extravagance. He replied, ‘First of all, I am spending this money from my own pocket, not from the government funds. Secondly, I myself heard the Messenger of Allah saying,………, (whosoever builds a mosque to please Allah, Allah builds a similar house for him in the paradise.) I want to make the house of Allah most beautiful according to my own capacity so that Almighty Allah may make my house in the paradise beautiful according to His grandeur.
This taste of Hazrat Moazam (R.A) was transferred to Hazrat A’ala as inheritance. After the demise of Hazrat Moazam, he took over this project. Work on the mosque continues almost throughout the year. During various times, various masons have had the felicity to work here. Nowadays, mason Abdul Latif (from Kot Pindi Das) and mason Sharafat (from Narowal) are working on minarets.
On three sides of the mosque are vast verandas. Over them have been carved verses from Qaseedah Burdah Sharif along with translation. Only on the front of the mosque, around Rs. 800,000 were spent eight to ten years ago. The front has been embellished with Quranic verses, prophet’s traditions, images of House of Allah and Prophet’s Mosque, and finest tiles. For accurate measurement of rows in the image of House of Allah, Mr. Asmat traveled from Riyadh to the Two Holy Places. Distances among the rows have been kept accurate according to the same. On the image of the House of Allah is carved the verse فَلْیَعْبُدُوْا رَبَّ ہٰذَا الْبَیْتo.
On the image of the Prophet’s mosque is written the following glad tiding for the sinners from natio مَنْ زَارَ قَبْرِیْ وَجَبَتْ لَہ شَفَاعَتِیْ (mann zara qabri, wajabat lahoo shafa'ati)) (whosoever visited my shrine, it is obligatory for me to advocate for him.)
Well said by Sahibzada Abid al-Daim:
Abid! You’re your face shines now
As you feel satisfied after reading mann zara qabnri (مَنْ زَارَ قَبْرِیْ)
All the work on the front was accomplished by mason Sabir.
The mosque has a vast basement, where children learn Quran. At the time of Urs-e-Moazam, guests also stay here. During Ramadan, Mo’takif fellows come from far-flung areas to sit in Etikaf. They too stay at the same basement. They listen to the recitation of the Quran in prayer at nigh during Etikaf and Hazrat A’ala addresses them on various topics at 11:30 a.m every day. Sometimes on the biography of the ten blessed companions of the prophet, sometimes on the commentary of the last ten surahs of the holy Quran, sometimes on the life history of Sufi sheikhs from Naqshbandiyah school _ in short he makes speeches on multifarious topics every year. The compilation of these speeches is on way, which will soon be published under the title of Daimi Duroos-e-Etikaf (Daim’s lessons on Etikaf), God willing!
During the time of Hazrat Moazam, memorizers of Quran from Quetta, Multan and other far-off places came to recite the holy Quran in Taraweeh Prayer. Right during his time, Hazrat A’ala memorized the holy Quran and recited it Taraweeh Prayer for years. When Qazi Abid al-Daim came after graduating religious education, Hazrat A’ala handed over this duty to him and he himself starting reciting the holy Quran regularly in Fajar Prayer. This cycle completes in eight or nine months and a grand feast is held at the completion of the holy Quran. A ceremony is held after the Fajar Prayer and all the worshippers and audience are presented with a lavish breakfast by the Langar after the Ishraq Prayer.