Mian Mishk Masjid

Mian Mishk Masjid is located on Karvan Road Puranapul, Charminar (Mandal), Hyderabad district, Telangana State, India.

1678 : Mian Mishk Masjid was successfully built in 1678 A.D during the reign of Qutb Shahi period by Mian Mishk who is a noble of sixth King of Golconda named Abdullah Qutb Shah.

It is just 3.3 km from Nampally Railyway Station. It is one of the most sought-after and interesting mosques in this area. This particular mosque is situated at the end of a large courtyard which is lined up with chambers that are used to wholeheartedly provide better accommodation for travelers to a great extent. A large crowd of Islamic people gather at this particular mosque on all Fridays and festive days to a great extent. This mosque is known for its architectural and historical significance in India.

It is actually named after its unique builder who was an Abyssinian slave of Abul Hasan Tana Shah. The special inscriptions over the West and East gates are demonstrated with the unique styles of calligraphy of several periods. Moreover, it is a good example of the Qutab Shahi style and pattern. It is to be remembered that this mosque has a garam hamam that offers a hot bath, which largely complying with the Islamic principle of purification and hygiene with a lot of perfection. It is to be highly noted that this mosque is listed among the special 137 heritage monuments of Hyderabad Urban Development Authority. On the other hand, it isn't listed in the Archeological Survey of India. The architectural significance of this mosque is really a wonder to be personally witnessed and experienced. It is unique in different manner from other leading mosque of this region. Mian Mishk Masjid is visited by domestic and international tourists throughout the year because of its special historical and architectural significance. Even local people regard this mosque with great respect.

Islamic special festivals are marked with festivity and special prayer in Mian Mishk Masjid are Day of Ashura, Arba'een, Islamic New Year or Muharram, Mawlid an-Nabi., Birthday of Aliibn AbiTalib, Laylat al-Mi'raj, Rabi' al-Awwal, First day of Ramadan, Chaand Raat, Laylat al-Bara'at, Birthday of Muhammad al-Mahdi, Dhu al-Haji, Laylat al-Qadr, Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Ghadeer. Muslim people from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh visit this particular mosque on festive and important days with different types of wishes to be immediately fulfilled through prayers of much dedication and commitment. Most of the Islamic people are given religious significance in this mosque by the local Islamic communities of this region. Basic facilities and special arrangement are made in this mosque in order to manage the crowd.

On the right of the main masjid is the tomb of Mian Mishk, which is well kept. An inscription on Mian Mishk’s tomb mentions that he was secretary to the king, holding charge of the royal key and of the Carnatic troops. There is a suggestion that he might have been of African origin.

Stone pillars, brackets, and sajjas typical of the time and region abound. On the left of the main tomb are many minor tombs surrounded by the serai which is now in a dilapidated condition.

Each of the inscription tablets fixed on the entrances have farmans (edicts). A copy of the firman of Sultan Abul Hasan Qutb Shah reads:

"Trusted servant of the Imperial Court, Malik Mishk, the Commander of the Carnatic troops, has been granted the honour of laying this request before those standing in the resplendent court that the income of the bazaar attached to the mosque of Malik Mishk, besides the annual grant of 80 huns (gold coin of the Deccan about 50 grams in weight, often called pagoda), as detailed in the firman...shops and stalls on both sides of the bazaar of the masjid...be graciously awarded and endowed for the expenses to be incurred in connection with the feeding of the poor, the religious ceremonies of the first ten days of Muharram and the maintenance of alawa (where incense is burnt and rites performed) and abdar khana (water closet where cold drinks are distributed to the thirsty). And the lights and carpets of the above mosque as also for similar expenses."

On the eastern gateway there is another inscription which records the erection of a building in 1035 AH (1625 AD) during the reign of Muhammad Qutb Shah.

The masjid is among the 137 heritage list of Hyderabad Urban Development Authority, and now there is a board which says that it is under the Archaeological Survey of India.

Need of Renovation
May 19, 2018: Mian Mishk Masjid left to decay by caretakers