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Nizamuddin Markaz Masjeed
Nizamuddin Markaz Masjid also called Banglewali Masjid is found in the locality, Nizammudin in Delhi that is named after the Sufi Saint Nizammudin who lived in the 13th-14th century AD and whose tomb is also located in the complex.
The Nizammudin Markaz Masjid is the international centre for the Tablighi group and the headquarters of Tablighi charitable work and work carried out by Tablighi missionaries. The Tablighi Jamaat or the Tablighi Organization originated here and the international meeting of all Tablighi workers is held here annually .The primary aim of Tablighi philosophy is to reform Muslims spiritually at all levels of social and economic strata and bring them closer to Islamic tenets.
The Masjid and the complex area are visited by followers of Sufi tradition, Tabliiq members and tourists alike.
The Nizammudin Dargah complex has the tomb of the great Sufi Saint Nizammudin Auliya, the famous poet Amir Khusro and Jahan Ara Begum, the Mughal Princess. The Nizammudin Markaz Masjid or Banglewali Masjid is also situated here along with the headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat. This shows the activities happening at this location for centuries as the Sufi Saint Nizammudin lived in the 13th and 14th century and died in 1325 AD as also Amir Khusro the royal poet, Jahan Ara Begum died in 1681 and the Tablighi Jamaat Markaz or Tablighi Organization was formed in 1921.
All these monuments in the Nizammudin Dargah Complex have different architectural properties. The Nizammudin Markaz Masjid is the newest addition but is also over 90 years old. The complex is a protected heritage site and is looked after by the ASI.
Nizammudin Markaz Masjid and the entire Nizammudin Dargah Complex is a world renowned place for pilgrimage for Muslims from all over the world. The Tablighi Jamaat that works on the ground level to bring followers of Islam together so that they follow the true tenets of the religion and unite in genuine brotherhood does so without propaganda from the media or donations from the rich. There are now over 10 million followers of the Jamaat all over the world and the number is rising.
The religion of universal love and devotion that is Sufi-ism practiced by the great Sufi Saint Hazrat Nizammudin Auliya attracts people from other religions as well and the Dargah is visited by thousands of people from all religions.
How to Reach
It is easy to reach the Nizamuddin Markaz Masjid located in New Delhi at Nizammudin West along with the Dargah of Nizammudin and the tombs of Jahan Ara, Amir Khusro and nearby monuments in the Nizammudin heritage area.
New Delhi being the capital of India is connected by Air to almost all countries of the world and all cities and towns that are on the Air Map of India. From the International or Domestic Terminals, visitors can use taxi, auto rickshaw or bus service to visit the complex.
The rail terminal of Northern Railways called as Hazrat Nizammudin Railway Station is hardly a kilometer from the Nizammudin Dargah Complex where the Masjid is also located. One could just walk from the railway station to the complex or take a cycle rickshaw. Trains from all over India terminate or pass through the station
Delhi is well connected by road and there are many National Highways such as NH1, NH2, NH6, NH10, and NH24 that pass through Delhi connecting it to the rest of the nation. State Transport Buses from the neighboring states bring thousands of passengers to the three Inter State Bus Terminus in Delhi. The Sarai Kalekhan ISBT (Bus Terminus) is nearby. Auto-rickshaw, the Metro line, Taxis, Buses are common modes of transport in Delhi
The area around the Nizammudin Dargah complex is called Nizammudin and separated by a busy road called Mathura Road into Nizammudin West where the Nizamuddin Markaz Masjid and the other historical and religious monuments of Nizammudin heritage Area are located and Nizammudin East which is a high class residential area and the Hazrat Nizammudin Railway Station are located.
There are many important monuments that are located in the Nizammudin heritage Area apart from the Nizammudin Dargah complex which houses the Masjid, Tablighi Centre and .tombs of Amir Khusro and Jahan Ara Begum. Some of them are Mughal Emperor Humayun’s Tomb, the royal poet Mirza Ghalib’s Tomb. Bara Khamba or the mausoleum with 12 pillars, Sabz Burz, Lal Mahal etc. All these monuments are protected heritage monuments, protected and maintained by the ASI or Archeological Survey of India.