In Hyderabad, there is a historical dargah famous by the name of Syed Ashraf Ali Shah Bukhari and Mir Shah Bukhari on Pakka Qilla Hyerabad, this is the historical dargah which was made before the dynasty of Talpurs. In this dargah there is a historical mosque and Imam Bargah too. This Pir is famous by the name of Ellicott-jo-Pir. This is the pre-partition pir, every year in the month of Muharam mourns processions of Tazia, Mahendi and Jhula take out. People participate in all rituals of Azadari without any discrimination of religion and class.
The representative of this Dargah Mr. Ali Gohar told during interview that, in the year of 1803 their ancestors came here from Radhan (Dadu) and settled in Hyderabad. They started taking out the mourn processions in the year of 1920, and till today his family contributes for this historical practice. He further said, particular dates of Muharam like, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 28, and the 20 Safar are the main days of processions. The night of seventh Muharam is the night of Jhula procession of Ellicott-jo-Pir, this cradle procession takes out by the azadars in the supervision of Ali Gohar Chandio.
If we look at the family background of Mr. Charlie Ellicott, his mother was a doctor in Lady Differin hospital in Hyderabad, she was Christian, in spite of that she was a regular distributor of Niaz among Azadars during mourn processions in the memorandum and attachment of Hazrat Imam Hussain (a.s).
Ellicott was born in Hyderabad and he went to London for his higher education, when he came back his mother was died. In the year of 1938-39 he was emotionally attached to Shi’a sect and he accepted Islam and became Ali Gohar, after his conversion of religion his wife get divorced and went to London with their children. He was well educated person, he worked in different departments of Sindh like Excise and SRTC departments, along with his job he look after the lands of Mirs of Tando Muhammad Khan.
In the year of 1940, Ellicott had manufactured wood made Tazia, Sej and Jhula (Cradle) for mourn processions. The Tazia which was manufactured by Ellicott was unique and different to others, because in all Tazias there is little grave but Ellicott manufactured such a Tazia in which there is no grave but there is a little cradle of Hazrat Ali Asgar.
Ellicott manufactured these things by the special and precious wood; these cradles were prepared in the year of 1940. These wood made cradles are worth seeing; the art, color, and designs of these cradles are outstanding. Ellicott facilitated more than 100 Azadars all 13 starting days of Muharam regularly; he facilitated them by Niaz and Sabeel and other medical facilities.
In Hyderabad, this Dargah is a remarkable symbol of peace and harmony. This place is open for pilgrimage whole year. People participate in all rituals of Azadari and distribute Niaz and Sabeel among people without any kind of religious, sect, color and cast discrimination, because Islam is the name of peace and harmony, and Imam Hussain sacrificed his life, family members and devotees for the protection of Islam and humanity in Karbala.
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