A Thursday evening of Mahe Safar in 1982 after Majalis e Aza of Imam Hussain a.s. few momineen’s residing in Indira Nagar, Khar, planned to purchase a property with an intention to bring along community members together and make a self-sufficient society. This was to include Masjid, Imambargah, School, Qabrastan and housing complex, with the stated intention a committee was formed called “Haidery Jama Masjid Trust” (HJMT) and membership invitation was distributed across Mumbai. A monthly contribution of INR 100 was decided which was later revised to INR 105 and subsequently was increased to INR 110 to accommodate clerical and administrative expenses. These momineen’s then purchased a small office space in Indira Nagar, Khar vicinity for administrative purpose.
An initial limit of 100 number of momineen’s was decided which was later extended to 160 and was finally closed at 165 members. The membership contribution collection process continued for around 5-6 years. The committee then took cognitive action and calculated the amount collected, and took a decision to start looking out for a property in-order to execute the intended plan. The members then started searching properties in an around Mumbai and Thane, they stretched their limits as far as Mumbra to Diva in eastern suburbs and Virar to Silvasa in the western line.
During their constant search for over months, they came across this place called Mira Road; Mira Road is a suburb of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region situated in the north-western portion of the Salsette Island, Maharashtra state, India. Officially, it is part of the Thane district and lies within the jurisdiction of the Mira-Bhayandar city. It was then governed by the Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Council, now known as Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (since 2002).
The momineens got acquainted to a Shia brother, a resident of Mira Road, who extended his support to achieve the dream of the members. After looking at all available options this property was purchased in 1988-89. Within a year of the purchase of the property, boundary wall was laid with bricks to mark the occupation of the land and a structure called Madarsa e Alvi was erected which is still a property of Haidery Ja’ma Masjid Trust and is an additional source of income since the make-shift masjid was moved to its original place.
The masjid boundary and structure of approx. 2000 sq. ft. was also constructed in the same year, few members started occupying plots in the designated area which is now part of Haidery Chawl near the masjid and started praying salaat regularly. Initially there was no designated Aalim/ Pesh-Imam of the mosque. During Mahe Ramadhan of the same year a temporary Aalim named Maulana Abbas Sahab from Shimoga, Karnataka was requested to provide his assistance. While Maulana Ali Abbas Sahab from Jogeshwari was providing his services for Jum’aa prayers.
During this time there was no power or water supply in the masjid or the chawl, however a handpump was available and the residents of the Haidery chawl used to donate first 2 buckets for masjid needs. A dedicated water supply line was laid in 1991 for the masjid and a transformer unit was installed which brought power supply to the masjid and chawl.
Marhoom Maulana Sayed Naseem Haider Sahab was appointed as the first resident Pesh-Imam, he was provided an accommodation within the premises. He was a dedicated Aalim, who humbly devoted more than a decade, in the way of Allah, and to uplift the newly established community and masjid in Mira Road.
An Annual Muharram Juloos was introduced, which was scheduled on the 1st Sunday after the Arbaeen (40th) day of martyrdom of Imam Hussain a.s. this information spread to every corner of the city and large number of azadaars participated.
Meanwhile, Baitul-Abbas Building was constructed and followed by 1991-92 riots, in Mumbai, some families had to urgently move in to save their lives and occupied the available space. Since Mira Road offers easy connectivity to Mumbai, Thane, and Navi Mumbai and is today known as one of the fastest growing areas of the city. Within a span of few years the Mira Road and Bhayandar area flourished into multiple folds and so did the size of the community and by the end of the decade in year 2000, there were more than 500 families.
Marhoom Maulana Hasan Abbas Khan was the resident Pesh-Imam during this period and acted as a catalyst by keeping the ever growing community united with his guidance and speeches. Unfortunately, he passed away due to heart attack in 2004 and Maulana Sayed Hasan Imam Sahab was requested to handle the responsibilities of the masjid and take on the task which was left incomplete by Marhoom Maulana Hasan Khan Sahab, because by this time the population of the community had increased drastically.
This migration created a new challenging situation, considering the current available space constraint, the masjid premises was further extended and additional area of 2000 sq. ft. was added to the mosque as ‘sehan’. The wudhu area was redesigned and additional toilets were built to cater the needs of the momineens. By this time many new events and Muharram processions were introduced which created a new identity of the Mira Road Momineens and attracted more Ahle Tashiyyo from downtown Mumbai and from eastern and western suburbs to occupy the available space.
Other major concern which was mounting was lack of facility or arrangement to accommodate ladies, specifically during Mahe Ramadhan and Mahe Muharram events. The discomfort was increasing with the passage of every day and with the migration of every new family in Mira Road. In 2010, a group of momineens came forward with a plan of re-development of the masjid and a new organization was formed under the guidance of Marhoom Maulana Ehsaan Haider Jawadi called “Haidery Ja’ma Masjid Development Committee” in close collaboration with H.J.M.T.
It was this time when the masjid was brought into shape in multiple phases, was like an assembly of multiple box and a sehan emerges as a new full-fledged and an organized structure. The work started in 2012 and the current masjid was completely demolished and a temporary arrangement was made for the due course of time. It took approx. 5 years, including sometime wasted to complete paper formalities and buying an additional land to meet the needs.
In the month of Shabaan of 2017, the new masjid was inaugurated, with some work still in progress and derailed due to lack of funds. However, this was possible because the community and donation came from all dominations including Sayed’s, Khoja Shias, Momin Shias, and other non-Sayed Shia’s. The new mosque is aesthetic and comfortable which extends to 18,000 – 20,000 sq. ft. spanning across 3 floors. A beautiful blue colored glass mehraab inscribed with Ayatul Kursi, Surah Fatiha, Surah Ikhlaas, Surah Kaferoon, Surah Falakh and Surah Naas complimented with red carpets looks gorgeous in golden LED’s. The mosaic tiles selected were inspired by Persian arts, a new mimbar was designed and arrangements were made to ease the difficulty of the disabled and elderly to pray.