Mumbai: Mahim Dargah becomes the first sanctuary to show the Preamble of the Constitution

MUMBAI: On Saturday he achieved a unique milestone. The sanctuary probably became the first in India to install it in its facilities.

The occasion was the 607th Urs (anniversary of death) of the saint celebrated this weekend. Interestingly, it turns out that the Mahim fair held in December does not mark the royal ascension of the seer, but is a festival registered in the official gazette since the British era.

The preamble was announced in a formal ceremony attended by a few hundred religious scholars, lay people, lawyers, doctors and teachers. They raised their right hands solemnly and recited the text.

Suhail Khandwani, trustee, said: This is a temporary plaque that is commonly placed in the school attached to our dargah where students recite it every morning. The permanent installation will be designed in glass with golden letters. You will have a map of India in a context of tricolor lighting. We hope to install it next week.

Recently, Mahim Dargah had achieved the distinction of raising the national flag in his facilities along with his own traditional flag. Also on Saturday, the devotees raised the tricolor flag and the dargah, then sang the national anthem, and apparently for the first time in the history of a religious place, the Preamble of the Constitution of India was read. Khandwani says that the goal was to connect communities and show solidarity towards the nation to achieve community harmony and peace.

After this, a dua'a (invocation) for peace and harmony in India was recited and Makhdoom Shah Baba's darbar was illuminated. People started arriving for Ziyarat (sacred vision) after 10:30 p.m. and the dargah remained open until late at night.