Wish I had words to describe how I felt when I said a little prayer around asr time at the beautiful Wazir Khan mosque recently. I felt He listened, I felt Him respond. Allah is everywhere. He’s closer to you than your own nafs and there He was, listening to me patiently, once again.
It was tranquil and super serene, even the birds stopped their play at the sound of the Azaan, as if they knew its time to pay their respects to the universe that provides for them everyday. I loved how I witnessed men, women, children, many of them foreigners (hence, people from different faiths) all together in the courtyard at the time. Some photographing the beauty of the place, others just saying their prayers while some like me doing a bit of everything. From admiring its structure to its beautiful minarets adorned by kash kari tile work dating as far back as the year 1634! Shah Jehan must certainly be accredited for this one. Am glad Wazir Khan is finally getting its time in the sun now. Rightly deserved. So ornately dressed. So unique and carrying within it a million stories of our history, culture and tales of old Lahore. It was love at first sight.
As a proud citizen of Pakistan and her culture as well as her heritage i’d sincerely like to thank the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, the Govt of Punjab, and the Govts of Norway and Germany for their contributions towards the renovation and restoration of this exquisite landmark as well as its surroundings areas, Hammams etc reviving the remnants of the Grand Mughal Era.
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For more heartfelt stories: make your own by ensuring you visit places like these that help you appreciate the beauty of life. Prayers were said for Pakistan too. May we see better times for years to come. Jummah mubarak! I’ve got a detailed experience up on my ‘highlights’ section. If you want, check it out :)