FURFURA SHARIF DARBAR, A CENTER OF DEVOTION FOR BENGALI MUSLIMS AND OTHERS

A Center of Spiritualism only next to Ajmer in Rajasthan

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       Furfura Sharif is a village in Jangipara community development block of Srirampore subdivision in Hoogly District of West Bengal. As the name suggests, there is the tombs of Hazrat Abu Bakar Siddique (1846-1939), a prominent Islamic Mystic and his five sons, popularly known as the Panch Huzur Keblah. He was a social and religious reformer, who founded charitable institutes, orphanages, madrasas, schools and learning centers. He encouraged female education by establishing a School for girls in Furfura Sharif named Siddiqua High School. He was the founder of the “Order of Furfura Sharif” or Silsila-e-Furfura Sharif”. A religious congregation is observed during 21st to 23rd Falgun Bengali Month (Approx 5, 6 & 7 March).  According to many, it is the second holiest shrine only to Ajmer Sharif in Rajasthan.

Furfura High Madrasah is a coeducational institution affiliated to the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education. It has arrangements for teaching Bengali, English, history, geography, philosophy, political science, mathematics and economics. Furfura High Madrasah, established in 1908, is the oldest high madrasah in the district.

Sk Md Rofiqul Islam was Assistant Teacher and Teacher-in-Charge, Furfura Aatehia Senior Madrasah   won the National Award for Teachers in 2007.

The Masjid built by Muqlish Khan in 1375 is a site of Muslim pilgrimage, especially during the Pir Mela. The Muslims of this region, it is believed, were chiefly Ashrafs, the descendants of Muslims who invaded Bengal in the 14th century. The Bagdi king was the ruler of this region then and he was defeated by Hazrat Shah Kabir Halibi and Hazrat Karamuddin. Though both of them were killed in the battle, both Hindus and Muslims visit their tombs here even today.

For the state assembly election of 2021 in West Bengal, Sajjda Nashin of Furfura Sharif has formed a political party namely Indian Democratic Front aligned with the Congress and Left.

How to Reach:

Air Service: The nearest airport to Furfura Sharif Darbar is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata. There are plenty of transport options to get to Furfura Sharif Darbar.

Train Service: The nearest railway station to Furfura Sharif Darbar is Balarambati 14 km away from here, which lies in Howrah Burdwan Chord line. There are plenty of local trains from Howrah on regular basis for Balarambati. At Balarambati one can take buses or other mode of transport to reach there.

By Road:  From Serampore, Trekkers and buses are available, which go via Furfura Sharif. Buses are also available from Kolkata, Arambagh, Bishunpur and Bankura bound bus goes via Seakhala. One has to get down at Seakhala. At Seakhala plenty of vans are available for Furfura Darbar. 

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