Mumbai’s Haji Ali Bans Entry of Women

In a very “progressive” move, Mumbai woke up to the headline: Haji Ali bans entry of women. As per the draconian order, women will not be allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum that houses the tomb of 15th century Sufi saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari.

However, the trust has allowed women to roam freely within the dargah’s compound.

The keepers of religion are justifying the ban by referring to the basics. “According to the Sharia, this is a sin. It is un-Islamic. We cannot allow it,” insists Mohammed Sharif Kadri, the maulana at the dargah in Cotton Green, central Mumbai. Does this mean only Muslim women will be barred since Muslim laws are not applicable to other religions? Ironically, Haji Ali Dargah’s official website reads: “People from all parts of the world without restrictions of caste, creed and religion visit the Dargah to offer their prayers and for the fulfillment of their wishes by the blessings of the Saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari.” The decision to ban entry of women has evoked sharp criticism from several quarters. The revered dargah is located on a bed of rock 500 yards into the Arabian Sea and off the coast of Worli in south central Mumbai. The dargah is one of the most recognisable landmarks of Mumbai.

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Harish K Seth – 4 days ago Born of WOMEN the very MEN impose restrictions on WOMEN……….I know MY GOD NEVER WOULD HAVE GUIDED ME TO BEHAVE SO ‘CRUDELY’, LEAST OF ALL FOR SOME ONE WHO IS NO GOD.

raja.bharatiya – 4 days ago Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. was beyond Islam… haji ali d argah is in India not in the regressivly Tlibanised Pakis tan. Who are these clowns masquerading as perpetra tor of a community. How is it unlismaic if person faith in in this dargah transcends his current faith.. Theâ? educatedâ? trustees and maulanas should try this st unt eslwhere .. like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia

Mohammed Ali – 4 days ago The term banning is used here which cannot be justified, because the entry is restricted for women in place s where there is a grave. the grave of a blessed perso n is called as dargah by muslims and samadhi by hind us. so entry of women cannot be permitted in a place where there is a grave of a blessed or an ordinary per son. so why this is hue and cry by so many so called f eminists. what is the role of a feminist here. if they h ave not restricted all these days they have committed a sin for which they have to ask for a pardon with ba ba as well as allah.

bmk – 4 days ago Decency in all religious places is something that every individual have to understand. Banning entry of all w omen just because of few indecent womens makes n o sense. You stop women indecently dressed enterin g in the dargah rather than such act of banning in the name of shariah.

sriram medepalli – 4 days ago scracth ur &&&& . no body can do anything. a woman is worse than a toilet set in islam/ all shrukh/amirs ar e like mice .they will not utter a world.

digvijaya singh @digvijaya_28 Follow 6 Nov 12 Reply Retweet Favorite Haji Ali Dargah bans women from entry?Such forward thinking people. Really know how to tackle the modern world

Ashwin Mushran @ashwinmushran Follow 6 Nov 12 Reply Retweet Favorite If, as per Sharia law women aren’t allowed to visit graves, shouldn’t they be banned from visiting the Taj Mahal as well?#Haji #Ali

Fake IPL Player @_fakeiplplayer Follow 6 Nov 12 Reply Retweet Favorite Shameful…all i can say about Haji Ali ban on women ;R these guys taking tutions from Khap Panchayats on how to insult women?

Brijesh Singh @breezsh
Follow 6 Nov 12 Reply Retweet Favorite Banning women from entering Haji Ali is unacceptable and Shameful. And the Trustee is not a Cleric but a known Criminal Lawyer. More Shame.

Krishna Haranath @iamharnad Follow 6 Nov 12 Reply Retweet Favorite All Religious orthodoxy has alwaysbeentilted against women. Unacceptable thatwomen should be kept out of the Haji Ali Dargah.

barkha dutt @BDUTT @BDUTT irony that muslim women can’t but we kafir men can. Hey Haji Ali baba give wisdom to these jokers trying to play wt million’s faith

Sanjeev Sharma @sanjsharma Follow 6 Nov 12 Reply Retweet Favorite Have the Saudis purchased HAJI ALI ?

adiscover @adiscover
Follow 6 Nov 12 Reply Retweet Favorite why were women allowed for so long in Haji Ali Dargah if it was against law?Hang the authorities or stone them, no ?

Aria @adagio_aria
Follow 6 Nov 12 Reply Retweet Favorite Dear Women – Create History! Don’t listen to Dictats! Assemble in Mass and Enter Haji Ali Dargah! No one will dare to Stop You

Joy @Joydas
Follow 6 Nov 12 Reply Retweet Favorite Haji Ali is a place where a “HUMAN BEING’S” wish is fulfilled,not a Muslims,Hindus,or whatever. Such bans are surely futile.

Wild Cat @iamSR111
Follow 6 Nov 12 Rep

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