Haji Malang

Hazrat Haji Abdul Rahman, popular as Haji Malang, was the Sunni Sufi saint and a Muslim missionary from Arab who migrated to India along with some of his followers under the reign of Nala Raja. He carried his missionary activities in India and later recognized as Sufi Saint among the Local population of India. Malang-Gad fort is named in his honor . His tomb (Sufi mausoleum) is in (Kalyan), Mumbai. Dargah of Haji Malang attracts pilgrims from all cast, creed and societies; near to the dargah there are 5 Mazars (grave) of his followers known as Panch Pirs (Pir Machi). Here is the couplet written near Dargah describing the beauty of Sufism;

Kisi Dardmand Ke Kaam aan
Kisi Dubte Ko Uchhal De.
Ye nigah e mast ki mastiyan
Kisi badnasib Pe Dalde. 

Haji Malang Dargah witness its Urs Sharif annually, which involves various traditional Sufi practices such as decorating the shrine with flowers and doing 'Charaga' (lightening), procession. Shrine attracts more than 3500 individual during Urs Sharif in addition to year round flow of devotees from India and abroad. Dargah is situated around 3200 feet above the sea level. Dargah of Hazrat Bakhtawar Shah Baba and Dargah of Hazrat Sultan Shah Baba is located near the Dargah, which is called as 1st Salami snd 2nd Salami by the followers, respectively. Main shrine comprises two mazars one belongs to Baba himself and another belongs to Maa Fatema (daughter of Nala Raja who embraced Islam on the hand of Haji Malang). The Dargah is looked up by both Hindu and Muslim caretakers.

According to various sources  and 'Khuddams' (caretakers of Dargah), saint came to India from Yemen around 300/400 years before as per the order of Allah to improve the pathetic condition of the region. Some sources also claimed that he migrared to India as per his Pir's advice  to save the community from the female demon "Devni". 


Malang Hajj
devotees receiving the holy water in Haji Malang Dargah

There is a small water reservoir on the Dargah premises. The water of this reservoir is considered being sacred (Tabarruk) by the devotees. People believe that the water was emerged by the hoof's hit of Baba's horse ('Ghode ki Taap) which leads to the nomenclature of the reservoir's water as "Ghode Ki Taap Ka Pani". It is also common belief among the devotees that drinking this water can eliminate various diseases and other Ruhani Ailments. 

It is said that in the past, there were attempts by Shiv Sena to rename Haji Malang as Sri Malang, which was seen as the diabolical attempt to hamper the peace among the disciples of the Baba who were belonging to different religions.



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