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 Market, 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
Glimpse of the rare COLLECTIONS OF HASHOO MUSEUM
Going to Karachi next month and wil visit the museum.