Gift money, not flowers, shawls: Haji Ali Dargah | Mumbai News

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MUMBAI: Haji Ali Dargah trustee Sohail Khandwani said they are appealing devotees to do away with floral and shawl offerings and instead put the money in the donation boxes because a number of devotees bring stale flowers.
“Many devotees get duped as stale flowers and shawls of substandard quality are sold to them at higher prices. We want people not to waste their money on these things but donate the money to be used to support the dargah’s welfare activities and schemes,” said Khandwani, who is also managing trustee of Mahim Dargah.
The dargah runs various welfare schemes. Currently, it is undergoing a massive renovation and the trust needs money for this work too.
Recently, a devotee told a khadim (worker) at the dargah that a flower-seller had charged him Rs 4,000 for flowers, a shawl and loban (fra-nkincense). “The loban turned out to be sand from the beach, while the flowers and shawl couldn’t have cost more than a few hundred rupees. The khadim got angry at this cheating of a devotee,” said administrative officer Mohammed Ahmed Tahir.

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