Indian Mutiny and Akbarabadi Mosque

Akbarabadi Mosque was demolished; two other were desecrated but not demolished. No photographic documentary evidence of this mosque existed until few years back it was surfaced in Felice Beato’s 1858 series of photography of Delhi

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Below is an account from a book by well known Urdu writer, Khawaja Hassan Nizami. He critically analyzed work of his predecessor, a native historian of Delhi Mushi Zakaullah. Munshi Zakaullah witnessed the great Indian Mutiny and also wrote famous book in volumes, ‘Tarik-i-Hind’ (History of India)

“Under the Fort there was a magnificent mosque known as Akbarabadi Mosque, this was demolished and in the same manner many other smaller mosques were destroyed. Near the Police Station there was a mosque next to the Sikh Gurdwara. Maharajah Jeend applied to the authorities to take this mosque and make it part of the Gurdwara. This was allowed and until this day this Mosque remains a part of the Gurdwara. All these matters are stated on pages 715 to 717 of the Tarikh-i-Hind which was published in 1904 by Shams Al Mutala Delhi”.

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Source: From Book “The Agony of Delhi”, Authentic Historic Record by Khwaja Hasan Nizami. Published for the 2nd time in 1922 by Ibn Arbi Translated by Sattar Kapadia.

Felice Beato’s 1858 Photographs

Below you can see Felice Beato’s photo. View of the eastern part of Shahjahanabad from the left minaret of Jama Masjid. In this photo you can see Akbarabadi Mosque marked with blue line, Zinatun Nissa Masjid with green on the right side and also Golden Masjid with red colour on the left side. Akbarabadi Mosque was demolished. Two other were also desecrated but not demolished. Certainly, no photographic documentary evidence of this mosque existed. Until few years back it was surfaced in Felice Beato’s 1858 series of photography of Delhi after suppression of the Indian Mutiny.

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Akbarabadi Mosque as seen from the Jama Masjid, 1858


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Image Courtesy: Wellcome Library, London.

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