What is the Sidi Saiyyed Mosque?

Known to be emblematic of the Architectural beauty of Ahmedabad, the Sidi Saiyyed Mosque is a symbol of a time when Gujarat dwelled and prospered under Muslim rule. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 13, 2017 5:03 pm
The famous ‘tree of life jali’ or the latticework done the semi-circular arch has become the symbol of Gujarat’s architectural grandeur.(Wikimedia Commons)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is beginning his India visit in Gandhinagar on Wednesday. During his stay in the Gujarat capital, Abe will visit the historic Sidi Saiyyed Mosque along with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Known to be emblematic of the architectural beauty of Ahmedabad, the Sidi Saiyyed Mosque is a symbol of a time when Gujarat dwelled and prospered under Muslim rule.

Built in 1573 under the regime of the last Sultanate of Gujarat, it has gained a reputation over the years for its architectural finesse, particularly the ornate lattice work, or what is known as jali in colloquial terminology.

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The famous ‘tree of life jali’ or the latticework done the semi-circular arch has become the symbol of Gujarat’s architectural grandeur and has in fact been adopted by the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad as their official logo. The elaborate lattice work in the mosque is also the reason why the Indo-Islamic piece of art work is often referred to as the Sidi Saiyyed Ni Jali. 

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The Gujarat Sultanate had completed the mosque in the final year of its rule. Soon after its completion, Ahmedabad was taken over by Akbar’s army and brought under Mughal regime. The mosque was built by an Abyssinian, Sidi Saiyyed who was from Yemen and it is said that about 45 craftsmen aided him in the process. Built in an Indo-Islamic style of architecture with minarets on the sides and arched windows, the Sidi Saiyyed mosque is believed to be a photographer’s delight apart from being a historian’s source of ecstasy.

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While the mosque is at present under the care of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), under the British it served the purpose of a government office.

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    Mani
    Sep 14, 2017 at 6:41 pm
    Modi ne sab ko cheat Kiya hai Muslims were invades or converted ones please study the Sikh history of martyes
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      comm yk
      Sep 14, 2017 at 2:04 pm
      'Sidi Sayed Ni Jali' is not just f g local terminology, it is the proper name in Gujarati Bhasha which is older than Hindi and Modern English.
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        Rashmi
        Sep 14, 2017 at 9:09 am
        Muslims caused prosperity, what crap!! Somnath temple lost its wealth n glory thanks to the main jis... They do good to none...
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          SAM
          Sep 14, 2017 at 10:41 am
          Under muslim rule India became the golden bird which attracted Europeans to this country. Somnath temple was a big fraud played on gullible hindus by the priest class read 'brahmins'. The idol in that temple was suspended in air by the clever formulation of magnet and ani-magnet, which attracted worshippers from far and wide. Rajas and kings were it's patrons which in turn assured the temple of unimagined wealth. The temples walls were made of silver. When Mehmood Ghaznavi entered the sanctum sanctorum, the priests offered him all the wealth in the temple if Mehmood didn't disturb the idol. Being confused Mehmood asked his general about the idol's suspension. They clarified about the anti-magnet in the floor under the idol. The floor was subsequently dug up and the idol came down crashing. My dear Rashmi study your scriptures thoroughly you will find the eternal truth of the oneness of the Almighty. Humans created by HIM and worshiping HIS creation! Educated people bowing to created!!
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          Lateef Khan
          Sep 13, 2017 at 9:28 pm
          Ha ha ha. The one who did not celebrate 600 years anniversary of Ahmedabad is going to......the contributions of Muslims cannot be erased by few fanatics or fekus. Muslims PROFESS Islam which teaches them how to illuminate their Motherland and contribute to the overall well-being of the place of birth.... Built 100s of years ago and still represents the showcase of Indian Islamic architecture speaks volumes about..........jaiHind
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            Vilas Apte
            Sep 13, 2017 at 8:36 pm
            Most probably Modi in his 12 years as Gujarat CM did not visit a single mosque, even as PM he has avoided visiting at home as well as abroad. That only means that Ahmedabad has very few things to be shown to visiting dignitaries, or maybe he is trying to project a secular image. Abe and his wife will have to partake vegetarian dinner,breakfast and lunch in India's vegetarian capital.
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