Legend has a tale about him. In his early days, the saint lived in Uzbekistan. Once he helped a woman in need by boring out oil from the earth. His remorse for his action of hurting mother earth opened up the door towards Islamic belief. He renounced his merchant life and went on a pilgrimage to Mecca. After his pilgrimage he was reborn as Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. From that day onwards he dedicated his life in preaching the teaching of Islam.
The Dargah was built in the year 1431 to commemorate his burial in water. The Dargah or shrine was built with Islamic architecture on the islet. It is off the coast at a distance of about 500 mts in the Worli Bay linked by causeway to the mainland. The way to the Haji Ali shrine is covered by water during high tides and accessible during low tides. This is a great tourist magnet for Mumbai city and is an easy reach for everyone.