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  Koh-e-Moula Ali  

Koh-e-MoulaAli, situated near Malkajgiri in Secunderabad, about ten miles away from the city, is one of the most pious 'Ashoor Khana of the Qutub Shahi period. It is built on a hillock two thousand seventeen feet above the ground. It differs from the others. In two aspects.
1) It does not have any 'Alam but an impression of Hazrat Ali's right hand.
(2) It attracts pilgrims not only during Muhrram, but throughout the year.
This 'Ashoor Khana was built in 986 H/ l578 A.D. during the Ibrahim Qutb Shah's period. Therefore its construction preceded the construction of the city of Hyderabad. It is believed that the construction of the 'Ashoor Khana was the result of one of the miracles (Mojiza) of Hazrat 'Ali.
Khaja Gulam Hussain in his book Gulzar-e-Asafia writes that Yaqut was a Khajasara (employee of the royal palace) of Ibrahim Qutb Shah. Despite his constant attendance at the court. Yaqut being a deeply pious and religious person, took Thursday nights off to spend it in prayers in his garden at Lalaguda, away from the fort where the court was. One Thursday on the Seventeenth of the month of Rajab after his prayers when he was asleep Yaqut saw in the dreams, an Arab dressed in green costume. The Arab informed Yaqut that Hazrat 'Ali was calling him. Yaqut followed him and found Hazrat 'Ali sitting at the top of the hillock, resting his right hand on a rock. Yaqut paid his respect to Hazrat 'Ali, but before he could say anything he awoke from his dream Yaqut felt very happy at what he had dreamed and felt that he was indeed blessed to have had the unique honour of Ziarat (vision) of Hazrat 'Ali.

Yaqut then went with his followers to the hillock, and to his joy found that his dream was true as he found the impression of Hazrat 'Ali's hand on the rock. Yaqut wept and with great devotion kissed the imprint of the holy hand. He then called the stone cutters and ordered them to cut the rock with the imprint of the holy hand. The rock was placed in a rivaq (arch) built at the top. Yaqut returned to the court and informed Sultan Ibrahim of the Mojiza.

Sultan Ibrahim visited the 'Ashoor khana and paid his homage. From that date till today, the 'Ashoor Khana has become a centre of pilgrimage for people of all religions. Almost every Sultan, who ruled over the Kingdom of Golconda or Hyderabad took pride in paying homage to the 'Ashoor Khana and made some additions to the existing buildings. This example set by the sultans was followed by the nobles whether Hindus or Muslims. Quite a few buildings of the 'Ashoor khana were built by Hindu nobles. These still exist giving a unique characteristic to the 'Ashoor khana.



This Ashoor Khana was established two years before the City of Hyderabad was made the Capital of Golkonda Kingdom in 1182 H. Neem Bowda is the reservoir of water at Maula Ali. Before the Municipal water became available at Maula Ali thousands of devotees visiting there utilized water from this well. Even now people consider this water to have healing properties. At this Ashoor Khana the Alam of Hazrat Abbas has been installed. In the year 1182 H by Nisar Ali arrived from Iran and permanently settled down at the neem Bowda. He installed the Alam at the same place. The present Keeper, Mir Mohammed Ali Khan, has been serving the Ashoor Khana since 1380 H. People residing in the neighbourhood of Maula Ali regularly attend Majalis gatherings at the Ashoor Khana.



This Ashur Khana is located at the foot of the Moula Ali Hill in the vicinity of the Government School. The compound of the building is very spacious. The Alam is kept installed round the year. On special occasions arrangement is made for Majlis and Jashan gatherings by the managing committee. This Ashur Khana was also founded by the Late Amir Ali Rehmatullah.


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