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The tomb of Iman Zamin near the Qutb Minar (left), The shrine of Qutb Sahib near the Qutb Minar (right)

The tomb of Iman Zamin near the Qutb Minar (left), The shrine of Qutb Sahib near the Qutb Minar (right)

Author: Metcalfe, Sir Thomas Theophilus (1795-1853)

Medium: Ink and colours on paper

Date: 1843

Shelfmark: Add.Or.5475

Item number: ff. 76v-77

Length: 25.8

Width: 42.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

[From 'Reminiscences of Imperial Delhi’, an album consisting of 89 folios containing approximately 130 paintings of views of the Mughal and pre-Mughal monuments of Delhi, as well as other contemporary material, with an accompanying manuscript text written by Sir Thomas Theophilus Metcalfe (1795-1853), the Governor-General’s Agent at the imperial court. Acquired with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund and of the National Art-Collections Fund.]

The Tomb of Mohummud (‘Praised, also the name of the Prophet’) Hofsain (‘Virtuous’)-Paie (‘Foot’) Meenar (‘Pillar’) commonly called Amaum (‘Priest, leader in religious ceremonies’) Zamin (‘Surity or Sponsor- literally responsible for the religious tenets delivered by him’).
The two first words give the name of the individual. The two second signify that he was interred at the foot of the pillar. The two last were distinguished appellatives conferred on an ancestor and by courtesy continued to the descendant.
The subject of the memoir was originally of Meshed, a celebrated city of Khorasan, and came to Hindoostan in the time of the Emperor Mohummud Shah Adili (‘Just’), who usurped the sovereignty in A.D. 1553 on the death of his nephew Suleem Shah [The Tomb of Imam Zamin. The sufi saint Imam Muhammad Ali was also known as Imam Zamin. He was a resident of Turkestan and came to India in c.1500, during the reign of Sikandar Lodhi (r.1489-1517). He built his own tomb in the Quwwat ul Islam complex, and was buried in it in 1538.]
Inscribed: naqsha-i maqbara-i Imam Zamin nazd-i minar-i Qutb Sahib. .Mazhar ‘Ali Khan.
the son of Shere Shah (vide page….. [f. 51]). He was much famed for his sanctity and held in high estimation by the Emperor. He died after the restoration of the Emperor Hoomaeon (vide page 9 [f. 12]) to the throne of Dehly and the mausoleum was erected by the Emperor Ukbur the Great over the spot in which his remains had been deposited and where he had passed the last years of his life in religious seclusion.
The Tomb of Khwajeh (‘Preceptor. Teacher’) Kootoob ood deen (‘Pole star of Religion’)is situated at the Kootoob and held in much veneration by all classes of Mohummudans. This saint, for so he is considered was a native of Persia. When young he devoted himself to religious exercises and was greatly favoured by light from above.
When 18 years of age, he visited India during the reign of Shums ood deen (‘Light of Religion’) Altumish (‘Sixty’) page 76 [f. 74v], and took up his abode at Dehly, and soon became a popular teacher.
In A.D. 1236, during a religious assembly, he was so transported by the recital of some verses of a pious nature that he became suddenly entranced and in this state expired.
The tomb which is of the cheapest material was constructed by a disciple of the deceased. The mosque seen on the background was built by the Holy Man himself. Emperors from motives
[The Tomb of Khwaja Qutb al-Din Khaki, near Qutb Minar. Qutb al-Din Khaki, popularly known as Qutb Sahib, was the spiritual successor of Khawja Moinuddin Chisti of Ajmer and lived during the reign of Iltutmish (r.1211-36). He died in 1236 and was buried here without any structure over the grave. Slowly it was enclosed within marble balustrades and surmounted by a dome resting on pillars. It was embellished by different people and rulers of Delhi over time.]
Inscribed: naqsha-i dargah-i Qutb.
of piety have enlarged and ornamented the shrine. Many persons of great sanctity or of high rank have been interred within the precincts. Amongst the latter, the Emperor Shah Aulum (‘King of the World’) and his son the late King Uckbur the 2nd. A village in the neighbourhood, yielding an annual revenue ofRupees 2,000 or £200, was assigned by the Kings of Dehly for the expense of the shrine and the same indulgence has been continued by the British Government.

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