Fatehpuri Masjid is a 17th-century mosque located at the western end of the oldest street of Delhi, Chandni Chowk. It is opposite the Red Fort on the opposite end of Chandni Chowk. Fatehpuri Masjid was built in 1650 by Fatehpuri Begum, one of Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan's wives who was from Fatehpur, and the mosque at Taj Mahal is also named after her. Mufti Mukarram Ahmad is the chief Mufti and Imam of the mosque and has been Imam there for almost 42 years and before him his father Maulana Mufti Mohammad Ahmad (Died on 21st Oct 1971/1391 AH) was Imam and Mufti in Fatehpuri Mosque.
About Mufti Mukarram
Mufti Mukarram Ahmed is an Indian Muslim religious and literary scholar. He is the Shahi Imam of grand royal mosque at Fatehpuri, Chandni Chowk, Delhi India. He subscribes to Sunni Barelwi ideology. He is a scholar of Arabic, Urdu,[Persian],[English] and [Hindi] who represents Muslims (Ahle Sunnat) on issues such as moon sighting and Eid celebration. It is the Oldest Committee of Delhi. Mufti Mukarram also represents Khankahe Aalia Naqshbandiya and he is Murshide Tariqat Silsila Nakshbandiya Mujaddidiya, Chishtiya, Qadriya and Sohr-wardiya.He has written several books on Islamic teachings.
The mosque is built using red sandstone and has a fluted dome with mahapadma and kalash on the top. Flanked by minarets, the mosque has a traditional design with the prayer hall having seven-arched openings. The mosque has single and double-storeyed apartments on the sides.
The central iwan in the middle is flanked by three arches on each side.
The British had auctioned the mosque after the 1857 war to Rai Lala Chunnamal for Rs. 19,000(whose descendants still live in the Chunnamal haveli in Chandni Chowk), who preserved the mosque. Later in 1877 it was acquired by the government in exchange for four villages and was restored to the Muslims at the Delhi Durbar when the British allowed the Muslims back in Old Delhi. A similar mosque, called Akbarabadi Masjid built by the Akbarabadi Begum was destroyed by the British.
The Khari Baoli, which is today Asia's largest spice market, gradually developed after the construction of the mosque.
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