Dawn: Jhirk, the Aga Khan and the mystery of Jinnah’s birthplace

Hasan Ali Khan: “…we came upon a well-maintained property with a palatial gate, and a plaque that read: The palace of the first Aga Khan Hasan Ali Shah, date: 1843. Our guide, who had been initially hesitant until he saw our deep interest, was apparently employed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture….

We found ourselves standing inside what was perhaps the most serene of courtyards for a mansion that had been maintained as a living piece of history. The red brick tile courtyard was built around a well-kept tree grove, which provided dappled shade and a central point to the property….

The gate to the Aga Khan Palace. Photo: Dawn/Hasan Ali Khan

The Mohana went on to tell us that according to local lore, the Aga Khan I was an ascetic man and possessed spiritual powers. “His arrival blessed our town,” he said. “He was a real Sayyid, and you know real Sayyids are special. Sayyids have spiritual powers. This place has spirits guarding the house,” he added, implying that this was why the main chambers were locked up

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Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

One thought

  1. This history has been rewritten. Jinnah was a Bohra Ismaili and was born in Gujarat. Mowlana Aga Hassanali Shah had nothing to do with Jinnah’s upbringing.


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