Ghaziuddin Khan Madrasa and Tomb
Ajmeri Gate in Delhi is known as one of the busiest and congested areas of Old Delhi, however, despite these visuals, the town houses one of the most well preserved centres of the traditional and ancient Islamic Teachings known as the Madrasa of Ghaziuddin Khan who was popularly known as the father of the first Nizam of Hyderabad and this also happens to be his last resting place. The Tomb and Madrasa of Ghaziuddin Khan can be approached by local cabs, auto rickshaws and from Kashmiri Gate Metro Station.
Ghaziuddin Khan's Madrasa and Tomb was constructed by a Mir Shahabuddin, a powerful minister and nobleman in the Imperial Courts of Emperor Aurangzeb and the following successors. He was later conferred with the title of 'Ghaziuddin' by the Emperor. During his lifetime, Ghaziuddin Khan chose this area in Delhi as his last resting place and hence constructed a Tomb for himself along with a Mosque beside the mausoleum.
Ghaziuddin Khan founded the Madrasa sometime during 1692 AD with the main purpose of educating Muslims about the Islamic Community, its culture and religion. However, after the collapse of the Mughal Empire, the Madrasa was closed in 1790 AD and after the demise of Ghaziuddin Khan; the Madrasa was reopened in 1792 AD outside the walled city of Delhi near Ajmeri Gate by the British East India Company who were also responsible for introducing English as an important language in the education system of the school during the year 1824 AD.
Most of the educational sections were shifted to the Kashmiri Gate building whereas; the Oriental section remained within the Madrasa. Towards the turn of the century, the Madrasa was renamed as the 'Delhi College' and later known as the Anglo Arab College. Post Independence the School was re-established as the Zakir Husain College in 1975 as a dedication to India's former President Zakir Husain and was shifted in 1986 to its present location which lies outside the Turkman Gate in Delhi. The current Madrasa was converted into the Anglo Arab Senior Secondary School.
Today, Ghaziuddin Khan's Madrasa which means a place for study and education still reflects excellent Islamic Architecture made of red sandstone depicting arched gateways and apartments dressed with colonnades. These colonnaded apartments are graced with students and also echo the fragments of history. The entrance into the Madrasa is from the eastern side while the western side of the Madrasa homes a beautiful ancient mosque that has three dome-shaped roofs which are flanked with tall and imposing minarets. The Northern and Southern portions of the Madrasa houses a few graves enclosed in two small spaces wherein once of the Tombs belong to the legendary Ghaziuddin Khan.
The Tomb of Ghaziuddin is seen in ornate white marble surrounded by elaborately carved screens depicting typical floral patterns of Mughal architecture. The entrance gateway to the Tomb is kept locked to ensure that the place is kept clean and to avoid any damage to the Tomb, however, tourists and visitors can request for the key from the Principle of the School in order to view the Tomb and the surrounding courtyard. Visitors are also requested to respect the sanctity of the area and maintain silence.