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A fascinating aspect behind the history of this big mosque, that took so much time before completion, is a dedicated royal Muslim woman with grit, passion and commitment who took up the mega project against all odds, including her gender gap and financial difficulties. After her death, equal zeal was shown by her daughter who did as much as she could to carry on the unfinished mammoth dream of her mother - biggest Mosque in the British empire with available funds.
The construction of this big masjid began during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar by Nawab Shah Jahan Begum (1844–1860 1868–1901) of Bhopal, wife of Baqi Mohammad Khan and after her the work, it was continued by her daughter Sultan Jahan Begum, in spite of financial constrains till her lifetime. The mosque construction came to a standstill owing to lack of funds coupled with the famous Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 against the oppressive and arrogant British rule under the East India company and its cronies.
The construction of this grand mosque resumed in 1971 after a pretty long hiatus - more than 114 years at the initiative of Allama Mohammad Imran Khan Nadwi Azhari and Maulana Sayed Hashmat Ali Sahab of Bhopal and completed by 1985. The Emir of Kuwait to commemorate the memory of his departed wife came forward and bore the costs of entrance gate work..
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At last the unfinished life long dream of a royal woman and her daughter - Taj-ul-Masajid came to fruition in 1985 through the efforts of above mentioned dedicated people who equally the share the limelight with the late great Begums of Bhobal.
Gazi Pura,outside the city due to shortage of space