"They can offer their prayers, do namaaz and offer shawls and flowers. We are only requesting our sisters not to enter inside the dargah," said Rizwan Merchant, trustee of the Haji Ali Dargah and also a noted criminal lawyer.
The decision to ban entry of women has evoked sharp criticism from several quarters, including the film fraternity.
The revered dargah is located on a bed of rock 500 yards into the Arabian Sea and off the coast of Worli in south central Mumbai.
The dargah is one of the most recognisable landmarks of Mumbai.