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The Shahi Imam is the Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid.
Mughal Emperor Shahjahan appointed Abdul Ghafoor Shah Bukhari, who originally came from Shah of Bukhara, Uzbekistan to be the first Imam of the Mosque in 1656.
Imams of Jama Masjid
Shahi Imams of Jama Masjid include:
- Abdul Ghafoor Shah Bukhari (from 23 July 1656)
- Abdul Shakoor Shah Bukhari
- Abdul Raheem Shah Bukhari
- Abdul Ghafoor Shah Bukhari Thani
- Abdul Rehman Shah Bukhari
- Abdul Kareem Shah Bukhari
- Mir Jeewan Shah Bukhari
- Mir Ahmed Ali Shah Bukhari (until 16 October 1892)
- Mohammed Shah Bukhari (from 16 October 1892)
- Ahmed Bukhari (until 20 February 1942)
- Hameed Bukhari (20 February 1942 - 8 July 1973)
- Abdullah Bukhari (8 July 1973 - 14 October 2000)
- Ahmed Bukhari I (14 October 2000 - present)
- Shaban Bukhari's formal designation as deputy Shahi Imam took place on 22 November 2014. His designation is intended to continue until his father Ahmed Bukhari decides to pass on the responsibility, as happened when his grandfather Abdullah Bukhari decided to pass on the responsibility to his father.
- ^ History of the first Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Delhi starting in 1656 AD, culturalindia.net website, Retrieved 18 May 2017
- ^ Imam Bukhari's family tree, twocircles.net website, Published 15 October 2008, Retrieved 18 May 2017
- ^ Jama Masjid, Delhi gets new Shahi Imam on 14 October 2000, The Milli Gazette, Published 1 November 2000, Retrieved 18 May 2017