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Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid declares son Syed Shaban Bukhari as his 'successor'

Syed Shaban Bukhari (29) was anointed as the mosque's Naib Imam in a 'dastarbandi' ceremony in November 2014. In the event of Syed Ahmed Bukhari's death or ill health, he will serve as the 14th Shahi Imam of the Jama Masjid, his father announced.

Ashesh Mallick Edited By: Ashesh Mallick @asheshmallick07 New Delhi Published on: February 26, 2024 14:03 IST
Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, Syed Shaban Bukhari, Delhi
Image Source : PTI Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari with his son Syed Shaban Bukhari

Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari declared his son Syed Shaban Bukhari his successor at a ‘dastarbandi’ ceremony held in the courtyard of the mosque. Addressing before making the formal announcement at the ceremony on Sunday (February 26), Syed Ahmed Bukhari mentioned the history of the mosque and said it was Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan who had appointed the first Shahi Imam of the mosque. He said the first Imam of the Jama Masjid (Hazrat Syed Abdul Ghafoor Shah Bukhari) was appointed as the Shahi Imam at the age of 63.

As per tradition, Imams of Jama Masjid have declared their successors in their lifetimes.

“So, in line with the over 400-year-old tradition, from this Jama Masjid, I declare that Syed Shaban Bukhari is my successor”, Syed Ahmed Bukhari announced at a gathering of Islamic scholars and other dignitaries.

Traditions follow the announcement

After the announcement, the tying of 'dastarbandi' (turban) began according to the tradition associated with the ceremony.

Syed Shaban Bukhari (29) was anointed as the mosque's Naib Imam in a 'dastarbandi' ceremony in November 2014.

In the event of Syed Ahmed Bukhari's death or ill health, he will serve as the 14th Shahi Imam of the Jama Masjid, his father announced.

The ceremony at the Mughal-era mosque built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century lasted more than an hour.

Congratulatory posters put up

Several 'ulemas' (Islamic scholars) attended the ceremony for which the mosque, a veritable symbol of old Delhi or Shahjehanabad and a celebrated landmark, was decked up.

Some congratulatory posters bearing images of the Shahi Imam and his son were put up along the street running in front of the mosque.

Syed Ahmed Bukhari is the son of Syed Abdullah Bukhari, the 12th Shahi Imam who died aged 87 in 2009.

Syed Ahmed Bukhari was declared his father's successor in October 2000.

(With PTI inputs)

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