The most famous Dargah Shareef of Sahabi-e-Rasool Sallalahu Alaihi wa Sallam which attracts the largest number of people in the entire India is of “Syedina, Hazrat Thameem-ul-Ansari (Rizwan Allahi Tha’alahi Alaihim Ajmaeen), also called as Hazrat Thameem Ansari (Rizwan Allahi Tha’alahi Alaihim Ajmaeen). The Dargah is located in Kovalam shareef, near Mamallapuram, about 30 km from Chennai. Syedina, Hazrat Thameemul Ansari (Rizwan Allahi Tha’alahi Alaihim Ajmaeen) was born in Al-Madina Al-Munawara and joined in Islam in Al Makkah Al Mukarrama before the Hijrath of Huzoor-e-Kareem Sallalahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
He belonged to the tribe of Al-Kajraj and his father was Yu-Aar. He is one among 313 Sahabas who participated in Jank-e-Badr (Badr War). He stayed in the world of Jinns (A’lam-ul-Jinn) to teach Jinns about Islam for five years, which was commanded by Huzoor-e-Kareem Sallalahu Alaihi wa Sallam. Before his visit to A’lam-ul-Jinn, he was gifted with a holy ring, which was bearing “Asma-ul-Zalzalooth” by Huzoor-e-Kareem Sallalahu Alaihi wa Sallam and was said that it would be on his holy finger till the day of Qayamath, when he meets Huzoor-e-Kareem Sallalahu Alaihi wa Sallam in Mahshar Maidhan. He visited Asia continent during the time of Khilafath of Ameer-ul-M’umineen, Hazrath Umar Farook (Rizwan Allahi Tha’alahi Alaihim Ajmaeen). The kingdom of Sindh was under the holy feet of Hazrat Thameemul Ansari (Rizwan Allahi Tha’alahi Alaihim Ajmaeen) for 18 years.
Before his Pardha (Wisal), he had instructed his disciples to cast his Janazah Mubarak (remains) into the sea after his death. After the last instructions from Syedina, Hazrat Thameem-ul-Ansari (Rizwan Allahi Tha’alahi Alaihim Ajmaeen) as stated above, his companions or disciples did the same and it is said that the Janazah Mubarak was in the sea for about 5 years and it was guarded by the big fishes during this time. Eventually, one big fish brought the Janazah Mubarak nearer to sea shore of Kovalam.
On the other hand, according to some accounts, the Nawab of Wallajah, Nawab Muhammed Saadatullah Khan, had a dream in which Hazrat Syedina Thameemul Ansari (Rizwan Allahi Tha’alahi Alaihim Ajmaeen) requested him to proceed to Kovalam, where he would find the latter’s Janazah Mubarak on Kovalam beach, and asked him to bury it there. When the Nawab reached the beach, he found the Janazah Mubarak and when he opened the same, he found the sacred body fresh along with some documents, which proved that he was Sahabi-e-Rasool Sallalahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
The Nooraniyyath reflected from the sacred face of Hazrat Syedina Thameemul Ansari (Rizwan Allahi Tha’alahi Alaihim Ajmaeen) touched the hearts of the all who participated in the funeral cermony. The Nawab duly buried the sacred body of this great Sahabi-e-Rasool Sallalahu Alaihi wa Sallam and built the Dargah Shareef at the site.
The Dargah shareef has an area of 3 acres. The first Thursday after the first full moon of each month is a day of devotion. Though the Dargah is open from 5.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m., some devotees spend the night there. Hazrat Syedina Thameemul Ansari (Rizwan Allahi Tha’alahi Alaihim Ajmaeen) Dargah is regarded as very powerful and people go to the Dargah to request his intercession with ALLAHU Jalla Jalaluhu Tha’ala on their behalf.
The Dargah Shareef of Syedina Hazrat Thameem-ul-Ansari (Rizwan Allahi Tha’alahi Alaihim Ajmaeen) is a sacred place, which has solved the problems of large number of people from all walks of life. The Dargah Shareef is a highly Spritual Markaz of Roohaniyats, Nooraniyath, Rahmaths and Barkats of Allah Shanahu Thaalah which one can come to know only if they visit the Dargah Shareef and in the entire journey one can notice great rahmats and barkats. Millions of Ashiqueens of Hazrat Rasool-e-kareem Sallalahu Alaihi wo salam and Auliyas have visited this great Dargah shareef.
The Zahura of Syedina, Hazrat Thameem-ul-Ansari (Rizwan Allahi Tha’alahi Alaihim Ajmaeen) is very immense and Kashf-o-Karamats and Taskara are realised in all the states here.
The popularity of this Sahaba is more than the other Sahabas in India and the Faizan is more on common people and all are being bestowed with great karam and Dhuas from this great darbar of Sahabi-e-Rasool Sallalahu Alaihi wa Sallam, Hazrath Thameem-ul-Ansari (Rizwan Allahi Tha’alahi Alaihim Ajmaeen). This is the Makham where Sandal/Urs shareef is celebrated in a very grand manner, which happens nowhere in the world for any Sahaba. Ashiqane-Rasool-e-kareem Sallalahu Alaihi wo salam and Ashiqan-e-Auliya attend the Sandhal/Urs shareef in large number from different states of India.
The Arch in the entrance of Kovalam Shareef Dargah
bearing the name of Sahabi-e-Rasool (Peace and Blessings be Upon him) in Tamil.
Ceremonies during Sandal / Urs Mubarak :-
- Flag Hoisting :- 30th Zul-Qa’dah, after Isha Namaz, The holy flag is taken for procession from Dargah shareef around 9 p.m and is hoisted in the Nishan-e-Pak after Salam Ba’ith and Dhua
- Sandal Mubarak :- 15th Zul-Hajj, after Isha Namaz, Sandhal Mubarak is taken for procession from Dargah shareef around 1 a.m and it reaches Dargah shareef prior to Fajr namaz and applied on the Mazar-e-Mubarak after Salam Ba’ith and Dhua.
- Urs Mubarak :- 15th Zul-Hajj, after Maghirb Namaz, Khatmul Quran fathiha is conducted. Subsequently, the names of Badr Sahabas and Moulood Shareef are recited.
- Qawwali programme :- 15th Zul-Hajj, after Isha Namaz, Qawwali is performed in Urdhu as well as in Tamil.
Two of the great specialities of Kovalam shareef are Red Sweet Boondhi and pink flowers, which are nowhere available in India. They’re available just in front of Dargah shareef and people buy them prior to offering Fathiha in the Darbar Shareef. When boondhi is sold, it’s normally kept in special leaves and folded for preservation purpose.