An exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Architecture, associated with legends about doomed lovers, the dargah contains the tomb of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari.
'Haji Ali for all' is a feminist movement launched by Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan & Bhumata Brigade to secure equal 'right to pray' even near sanctum sanctorum i.e.traditional patriarchal prohibited area. On 26 August, the Bombay High Court ruled that women could enter the sanctum sanctorum. The trust of the shrine informed the Supreme Court on 24 October that women will be allowed to enter it in a month. This trip was outstanding, I had heard of Hazrat Hajji shrine from Ustad years prior. Ustad had shown me a photo of him visiting with Nusrat Fateh Alk Khan and Qawwali party in the early 80's. I will never forget the photo, my dream to replicate a photo of me standing in the same place as Ustad. Fanna-fi-Allah had arrived for the 100 year commitee celebration. One of our many programs in Mumbai, 8 programs in 7 days. I had no idea that the commite had been over ruled just recently by the Bombay HIgh Court to YES continue to allow women to offer prayer close enough to the shrine. Tahir received a call that very day from the head of the committe asking that Amina Chishti not perform with the group. After a long conversational debate as to why and why not have A.C. perform. Emotions begin to swirl, i felt as though the worldly issues began to tear me apart. I remembered Ustad and what he taught me before i left, take every situation as new become innocence in the act of creation, you are an artist, an ambassador. Tahir decided to leave the call with the simple fact, "If Amina can't play, as we booked 2 months before, then we cannot come and offer Qawwali." with that the man on the other line, reluctantly said okay, come. Well the taxi dropped us off right where Ustad's photo was taken, i nervously snapped as many selfie's as possible which none really turned out, but once we crossed the bridge over the ocean into the Darbar, magic began. The receptivity was well received after finally the Qawwali began, moved by my tabla they joyously invited me generously offering a continued position as a Qawwal.