Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 8:07 am Post subject: Mukhi Hashoo Museum
INAUGURATION OF MUKHI HASHOO MUSEUM IN KARACHI
We are glad to inform that Mukhi Hashoo Museum inaugurated on May 11, 2008 by H.M. Iqbal Walji, the President of the Shia Imami Ismailia National Council for Pakistan in presence of distinguished leaders of the community and eminent guests.
Mukhi Hashoo Museum contains the old photographs of the jamati leaders and institutions of the South Asian and East African countries with the Imams, old medals of the Golden, Diamond and Platinum Jubilees of Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah, the crockery used by Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah in 1938 and 1945, the wooden furniture and the chairs of Hazar Imam. The photographs of historical monuments in Syria, world Ismaili Jamatkhanas, other old and rare images, etc. have been also decorated.
In the exhibition, the photographs of the relics of Mecca, the house of Bibi Khatija and Bibi Fatima, the seal of Holy Prophet along with his footprint and turban, the modal of Zulfikar sword, the oldest wooden gate of Kaba, the hilt of one sword of Hazrat Ali, the shirt of Imam Hussain and Bibi Fatima, the turban of Prophet Yusuf, the sword of Prophet Dawood, the box of Prophet Abraham, the Assa of Prophet Moses, the geographical location of Khum’e Ghadir, etc. are the decorative pieces. The museum has also a collection of manuscripts of Holy Koran and Holy Ginans.
The building of Mukhi Hashoo Museum is a historical place. Late Mukhi Hashoo Tharuani (1820-1915) had purchased it in 1894 in Rs. 6000/- from Seth Trikamdas in Lyari quarters, opp. Lea Market, near Lassi Jamatkhana, Karachi. He resided there along with his family members. Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah visited the house in 1905.
Vazir Sadruddin Hashwani, the great grandson of Mukhi Hashoo flashed an idea to make the premises an attraction of the visitors and converted it into a museum.
The interested visitors are cordially invited to visit the site, lying opp. Lassi Jamatkhana, Karachi.
Hashoo Museum opens in Karachi, Pakistan
BY ISMAILIMAIL POSTED ON MAY 13, 2008
Visit it to see old Karachi, a 400-year-old Quran and the crockery of Prince Aga Khan
KARACHI: The Mukhi Hashoo museum, recently established in a historical building in Lyari town, has opened to the public its historical photos of the city during the 19th century, British era coins, photographs of the Hashoo family and crockery of Prince Aga Khan.
“The basic reason for opening this museum was to not only preserve the antiques of the Hashoo family but also to create awareness among the younger generation about historical Islamic heritage,” said Mumtaz Ali Tajddin, the manager of the museum.
The building that houses the museum is from the 19th century and the birthplace of most of the members of the Hashoo family, according to the manager.
While it was damaged with the passage of the time, it was recently restored by the Hashoo group and most parts have been restored to their original splendor. The renovation work has been going on for the last two years, said Mumtaz Ali.
Mukhi Hashoo Tharwani migrated from Uthal to Karachi with 18 members of his family and some goats in 1853, he purchased this building from Hindu businessman Seth Tarkam Das for Rs 6,000 when the price of 10 grams of gold was only Rs 80. The Hashoo group grew from these humble origins to owning and operating four and five star hotels across Pakistan.
One of the big halls has been used to exhibit the black and white photographs of Karachi, taken between 1843 and 1947. Upstairs coins from the British era are carefully displayed alongside a 400-year-old handwritten Quran, pictures of the Holy Ka’ba and Makkah and antique crockery. The wooden stairs have also been restored to their original style.
“Mukhi Hashoo served humanity,” said Ali, adding that it was open as an experiment and another was planned in another part of the city where foreigners could visit as well.
Daily Times – Dawn Blog
Hashoo Museum, Karachi, Pakistan: Worth-Seeing Place for Ismaili History
BY ISMAILIMAIL POSTED ON NOVEMBER 22, 2019
By Mumtaz Ali Tajddin S. Ali (Manager, Hashoo Museum, Karachi, Pakistan)
The members of The Religious Study Group of Mombasa (1953-1959) had passed following Resolution under Count Abdullah Paroo for the erection of an Ismaili Museum in Karachi :-
“It was felt to submit our humble suggestion to Mowlana Hazar Imam to inaugurate, in the beginning on a small scale, a Ismaili Museum in Karachi, either under the Ismailia Association of Pakistan or under a separate governing body, who could collect ancient and current Ismaili arts, articles, literature, manuscripts etc. and place them in such a museum to preserve our traditions for the future generations. For example, coins of Fatimid times, hand written ginans of our Pirs, the Chairs, Scales Souvenirs, swords, caskets etc., used at the Golden, Diamond and Platinum Jubilees of our 48th Imam or various items of recent Coronation Ceremonies – replica or pictures of Alamut and Al-Azhar, these were the things which the members had in mind which must be started to be preserved, which heretofore are not available from any central place.” (vide “Private & Confidential Subjects Discussed by The Religious Study Group of Mombasa” page 138)
The above Resolution could not be materialized by the Ismailia Association for Pakistan. And finally, Vazir Sadruddin Hashwani, the Chairman of the Hashoo Group of Companies came forth and translated the dream of a museum and erected the Hashoo Museum with his own resources in Karachi. It was inaugurated on 8th May, 2008 by Alijah Iqbal Sadruddin Walji, the former President of the National Council for Pakistan along with Vazir Akbar Ali, the Estate Agent of Mawlana Hazar Imam. It was also participated by 18 Mukhi, Kamadia of the Karachi Jamatkhanas and other dignitaries. Click here to read more.
The Hashoo Museum is a noble project situated near Lassi Jamatkhana, opposite Lea HasooBuildingMarket, Lyari, Karachi. In 1905, Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah had visited the premises of the present Hashoo Museum.
The Hashoo Museum is a worth-seeing place for the Ismailis. It invites the people to see rare photos of the Ismaili history up to the present period. The coins and medals of the Jubilees are eye-catching relics. It has also rare collection of the old handwritten manuscript of the Holy Koran and other Sufi saints. In sum, the ground and first floor of the museum are enriched with many important items, such as the furniture, crockeries, swords, other historical relics etc.
There is no admission fees. It is open for all irrespective of cast and creed.
Address: Taanga stand KMC Building Lea Market, Miranpir, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan
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