Makhdoom Ali Mahimi ( 1372 to 1431 A.D ) was a saint and scholar of international repute. He lived during the time of the Tuglaq dynasty and that of Sultan Ahmed Shah of Gujarat, and was married to Sultan sister. He is widely acknowledged for his scholarly treatises, liberal views and humanist ideals. Mahimi was born into a family of Arab travelers from Iraq who had settled down on the island of Mahim, one of the seven islands that later formed the city of Bombay, now Mumbai. Hazrat Makhdum Ali Mahimi's Shrine has a history of about 600 years, which is visited every year by millions of devotees of different caste and creed. was well versed in the traditional Islamic sciences, including theology, jurisprudence, philosophy, and mysticism. He was one of the first Islamic scholar in India to have written a commentary in Arabic on the Quran, as well as expounding Shaykh ul-Akbar Ibn-e-Arabi's doctrine of Wahdat al-Wujud, or Unity of being.
He later became the disciple of Mohiuddin Ibne Arabi, a Spanish Muslim saint. Mahimi's reputation grew after the Sultan of Gujarat, Ahmed Shah of the Muzaffarid dynasty, chose him to be the town's Qazi (the Head Muslim Judge/cleric of a town).
Mahimi was the first Indian scholar to write an exegesis on the Qur'an, which gained critical acclimation from numerous Islamic scholars including Shah Waliullah Dehlavi. Authoring a total of nineteen books, he was given the moniker Qutub-e -Kokan (Kokan's Pole Star). He was the first commentator of the Holy Quran in India. His commentary is known throughout the World and is called "Tafsirur Rahman." It is Unique among all the commentary of QURAN known to Scholars. Which is available in Al Azhar University, Cairo and Ummul-Qura University, Makkah.
Mahimi is revered by both the Muslims and Hindus, all Muslim sects hold him in high esteem. After his death in 1431, he was buried in Mahim. The site later became a Dargah (shrine) for devotees.
the annual ten day Urs festival is celebrated on the 13th day of Shawwal as per the Muslim calendar. The highlight of this is a procession of around eight thousand begins at the Mahim Police Station, believed to be the site of his residence. Two police officers from each of the eighty four city police stations represent the police whose association with the saint dates back to the saint's era. A representative of the Mumbai police who is the first to offer the "chaddar" (shawl) at the tomb on the first day of the festival. Legend has it that it was a police constable who gave water to the dying saint from his cap. Another story points to some miraculous assistance police officers once received from an old man, whom they believed was the saint, in fighting smugglers.
A room adjacent to the office of the senior inspector of police station contains a steel cupboard that houses the saint's preserved belongings such as his chair, a pair of sandals and his hand-written Qur'an which is considered to be a calligraphic work of art. The room is opened once every year to the public.
How to Reach: Mumbai is well connected to other cities by air, rail and roads. From airport it is around 9 Kms. direct buses are available for dargah from airport which will take around 45 mins or take a taxi which will be a 20 min ride approximately.
If going by local train, get down at Mahim station (Western Line) exit on western side and take bus 52 going towards Dharavi Depot, get down at Mahim (Paradise) stop. However Dargah is at walking distance of about 15 mins from station.,
Nearest City : Mumbai
Nearest Bus Stop : Mahim (Paradise)
Nearest Airport : Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai
Nearest Railway Station : Mahim Junction
Contact Person Name : PIR MAKHDUM SAHEB CHARITABLE TRUST
Contact Person Phone: +91-22-24472275
Website : http://www.makhdumalimahimi.org/