Syed Abdullah Naseeruddin Shah Hussain Abi Abdullah (RA0

 Hyderabad,Telangana, India


Located beyond Tolichowki, near Shaikpet naala is the grave of the great Sufi, architect, engineer and army commander, Hussain Shah Wali, the son-in-law of Ibrahim Qutb Shah and husband of princess Khairiat-un-nissa Begum. The entire area surrounding his grave is known as Dargah.

Hussain Shah Wali was a sufi saint of Golkonda, during the reign of Qutb Shahi dynasty. He is a Hussaini sayyid and descendant of Hazrat Khwaja Bandanawaz Gesudaraz of Gulbarga.

At a very early age he had a deep longing to worship Allah in a secluded place away from the mankind. Shah Wali arrived at Golconda, Hyderabad during the rule of Sultan Ibrahim Qutb Shah. The Sultan of Golconda was a follower of Shi'ism but had a great admiration for Sunni learned persons and holy saints. The sultan arranged for Shah Wali's stay, and in his first meeting gave Shah Wali the command over 10,000 troops and also named him secretary of royal construction works. After some time Sultan Ibrahim accepted him as his son in law.

Though externally Shah Wali was rich in his appearance in the royal court of Golconda, but actually he was a fakir in his batin (innermost). As he was having qualities of fakir, people of all faiths visited him with their problems. There was free entry for all in his court to represent their problems and difficulties, and he never kept watchmen at the door of his house.

Hussain Shah Wali died on 12th Feb 1620. The mausoleum and shrine at the Qutb Shahi Tombs called Dargah Hussain Shah Wali was built by Abdullah Qutb Shah in his honour. Around his mausoleum there is vast street which is well known and famous as street Dargah Hussain Shah Wali. During the URS (death anniversary of a Sufi saint) several hundred thousand devotees from near and far, irrespective of religion and beliefs, gather there to seek blessings.

There’s a mosque near his grave which is a fine example of magnificent architecture. The entry is through two arched gateways lying in the centre of a two-storey rectangular building. The dome bears similarity to the tombs of the Qutb Shahi rulers. A naqqar khana (drum house) with a beautiful fountain lies opposite the tomb across the road.

A little away from the tomb of Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali is an old double-storey building with an imposing shuttered balcony. According to the caretaker of the haveli, it belonged to one Nawab Dastagir, who had eleven wives. The upper storey has a large hall with rooms on either side. The exquisite wooden carvings on the doors, arches and balcony are in a bad condition, having lost its beauty due to negligence. It seems Nawab used to dine here along with his eleven wives on a long dining table. When this version was cross checked it was found that this haveli was built during the second Asaf Jah, Nawab Mir Nizam Ali Khan’s time, for the family members coming here to pay tribute to Dargah.
In the vicinity to this place lies buried another sufi who had protected Golconda for five decades and had to leave his seat on the command of Hazrat Yousuf Sahib and Hazrat Shareef Sahib. The sufi was called Hazrat Syed Shah Meeran Hussaini Mochi (cobbler) whose grave lies between two massive rocks, resting on one another.
It is said that following his departure from the Golconda fort area, the fort fell into clutches of the Mughal army of Aurangzeb.

Additional Info

The famous Hussain Sagar lake was constructed under his supervision from 1591-1593. Not many know that the lake was a source of employment for thousands of workers where ration was given instead of wages. It’s construction took two years and seven lakh rupees. When the tank was constructed, the original name was Ibrahim Sagar, but later on, it became famous as Hussain Sagar.

  How to Reach: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport the dargah is 35 Km. It is 11 Km from Nampally Railway Station and 140 m from Dargah bus stop. Frequent buses are available from most of the important locations in Hyderabad for this place. ,

Nearest City : Hyderabad
Nearest Bus Stop : Dargah
Nearest Airport : Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
Nearest Railway Station : Hyderabad Deccan Nampally
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