Salarjung Museum is organising an exhibition titled Moulood-e-Kaaba, from the 7th July to the 18th July, celebrating the birth anniversary of Hazarat Ali.
The exhibition consists of 53 rare manuscripts, artefacts and calligraphic panels, in Arabic, Persian and Urdu. Some of them are being put on display for the first time ever. Photographs of famous religious structures are also on display. Some of the Arabic, Persian and Urdu texts have been translated for the convenience of the general public. The exhibition is being organised at the Abbas Yar Jung Hall located in the Western block of the museum.
Hazarat Ali, also known as Ali Ibn Abi Talib, was the paternal cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad. For the 10 years that Muhammad led the community in Medina, Ali was extremely active in his service, leading parties of warriors on battles. He was appointed Caliph by Muhammad's companions in Medina after the assassination of the 3rd Caliph, Uthman Ibn Affan. He encountered defiance and civil war (the first Fitna) during his reign. In 661, Ali was attacked while praying in the mosque of Kufa, and died a few days later.
In Muslim culture, Ali is respected for his courage, knowledge, honesty, unbending devotion to Islam, deep loyalty to Muhammad, equal treatment of all Muslims and generosity in forgiving his defeated enemies. Ali retains his stature as an authority on Quranic exegesis, Islamic jurisprudence and religious thought. Ali holds a high position in almost all Sufi orders which trace their lineage through him to Muhammad.
Entry is free for everybody. Please contact the Museum at 2452-3211 for further details.