Sunnati Jame Masjid and Muhammadia Jamiya Shareef: An Intense Relationship
At this stage, we shall highlight upon the background history of raising the Sunnati Jame Masjid. History of Muhammadia Jamiya Shareef is closely related with that of the Masjid. Sayeedul Mursaalin, Imaamul Mursaalin, Huzur Pak Swallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam made Hizrat (moved) from Makkah Shareef to Madina Shareef along with His Sahaba-i-Kiram RwadiAllahu Ta'ala Anhum. There, along with them, He, for the purpose of raising Masjid, made bricks out of mud and water, dried them under the sun and put stone-chips in that wall as well. Collected Date trees for constructing the roof. The Masjid roof was developed out of the date leaves and barks with a mud mix. In the course of following that example of Masjide Nabawi, Imaam and Mujtahid of the age, Mamduh, Hadwrat Murshid Qibla Mudda Zilluhul 'Aalee raised a similar Sunnati Jame Masjid at a place adjacent to His own residence at Dhaka Rajarbag Durbar Shareef.
Construction materials were collected from different parts of Bangladesh through vigorous efforts and endless difficulties. Date trees, date leaves and tree trunks were procured respectively from Jessore, Faridpur and Rupganj of Dhaka. Special canes had to be brought from Sylhet through marine routes for the puropose of erecting the roof. A special kind of red coloured soil had to be collected from Dhaka Kodomtala Rajarbag for raising the walls. Stones were brought from Narayanganj. On the sacred Day of 12th Rabiul Awal Shareef, 1406 Hizri (1986), the very construction works for raising the sacred Sunnati Jame Masjid were inaugurated with the collection of a set of expert and efficient hands (masons etc.).
The length of the Sunnati Jame Masjid was 50 feet and 30 feet wide including its veranda, Huzra Shareef (residence of Huzur Qibla) and Suffakhana (living place). The rooftop of the Masjid was 9 inch thick made out of date leaves. The frame of the roof was 2/2 inch thick while the width of it was made out of palm and date trees and had six pillars made out of dater trees. For raising the wall, date leaves, rice husk, jute fibre and stones were mixed with that special red mud. Pebbles were spread on a layer of sand on the floor. Earthen lamps were posted inside the Masjid along with its pillars which were collected from Dhaka Thatari Bazar and Tongi. Mustard and olive oil were used to light the lamps. The mattress of the Sunnati Masjid was made out of woven date leaves.
Jainamaz (praying mat) was made out of date leaves as well and Mimbar Shareef (Stairs for reciting Khutbah) containing three stairs was made out of Pine trees brought from Chittagong and Cox's Bazar. Wooden shaft used during the Khutba (speech) was also made out of date tree. Hand fans made out of Palm leaves were used during the summer period. There was a well raised beside the veranda of the Masjid. Digging only six feet deep, fresh water was found in that well. Some pebbles were spread at the bed of the well while its sides were also covered with few stone chips. Arrangements for ablution were made right on those stones. A little away, on the right side of the well, toilets were fixed. Those toilets also had walls of mud and stone with roofs of date trees and leaves. A big peace of stone was placed outside, beside the veranda, standing on which the Muazzin made Azaan (called for prayers).
Through untiring efforts and huge money involvement, the sacred Sunnati Jame Masjid was completed after working at a stretch for one long year. Mamduh Hadrat Murshid Qibla Mudda Zilluhul 'Aalee and His associate disciples took part in its making in Sunnati system.
In Masjide Nabawi, the Ahle Suffa (Sahaba-i-Kiram who used to live inside) did Zikr and gained Ilm. According to that Sunnat, here in Sunnati Jame Masjid, the Sufis did Zikr (meditation), Fiqr (deep thinking), ibadat and gained Ilm (knowledge). Latert, when Muhammadia Jamiya Shareef was established, students used to practice on Ilm right from inside that Masjid. Now for greater reforms, the further expansion works of the dimensions of Masjide Nabawi has been completed where millions of Muslims gather. In order to observe that Sunnat and for allowing greater number of students to pursue studies, a plan of raising a 15 storied building here in this case has been taken up.