Muhammad Saleh is well known as the court chronicler
during Shah Jahan's reign, and his Aml-e-Salih or
Shahjahanama is one of the most important original
sources of Shahjahani events, and considered "proof
of the author's great literary attainments and skill
as writer of Persian poetry and prose."
mosque is said to date from 1070/1659 - 1079/1668-69
and is also known as the Chinianwali Masjid because
of the extraordinary mosaic tile work (kashi kari)
for which the reign of Shah Jahan was famous.
Although it was completed during Aurangzeb's reign,
but the usual Shahajahani features—multifoil arches,
stalactite squinches, delicately executed floral
arabesque and interlacement in kashi and fresco—are
in evidence. Not surprising since it was constructed
under the supervision of Shah Jahan's court
historian. The mosque, small in size, based on a
single-aisle 3-bay arrangement, is approachable
through steps, and is surmounted by three domes.
Because of space restriction instead of a permanent
one there is a small removable pulpit which is
stored away after the sermon. Its brick lined
courtyard offsets the scintillating mosaic tilework
on the east facade of the mosque to advantage. It is
located in the Mochi Gate area of the walled city.