Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani was the greatest Sufi of Kashmir. He imposed 20 mandatory commandments on Hindus of Kashmir. A Hindu could be could be killed and his property confiscated if he violated any of these conditions. This law was strictly implemented for almost 500 years.
This Sufi Shah Hamadan’s mosque was constructed after the destruction of Kali temple at the site. Even to this day, a Sindoor mark of the old temple and an old spring dedicated to Devi can be seen on the foundations of the mosque.
Baharistan-I-Shahi, a 17th century Persian chronicle which praises Sufis of Kashmir, gloats that Hamadan built his mosque on top of a Hindu temple.
According to Tarikh I Kashmir, Sufi Hamadani asked the Brahman of the Kali temple to recite Shahada and give up Hindu Dharma (“idolatry”). The Brahman refused to chant Shahada. Enraged, Sufi Hamadani cut the Brahman’s tongue along with his Janeu. Both were put on public display.
(This article has been compiled from the tweet thread of @BharadwajSpeaks)
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