SRINAGAR: Thousands braved icy cold in Kashmir to hold special night-long services on the eve of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, or the birth anniversary of the Almightys Last Messenger (pbuh), falling on Friday.
Mosques and shrines began to host packed gatherings shortly after sundown to pay homage to humanitys saviour with recitations and invocations.
Coinciding with Friday – the day of weekly congregational prayer – this year, the occasion has brought added auspiciousness to the devout who are expected to join services in hundreds of thousands tomorrow.
Already, despite bitter cold, a large number of worshippers from all across Srinagar had converged on the Hazratbal shrine, which houses the Holy Prophets (pbuh) keepsake, for prayers and vigil until dawn.
People from outlying districts too have travelled long distances to be close to the revered heirloom at the shrine, bathed tonight in an ethereal glow.
The central Jamia Masjid in Old Srinagar too geared up for a night spent in prayer and remembrance, as recitations rose in the air by nightfall
Chants and hymns were ringing out in every neighbourhood as worshippers poured out their hearts to the Almighty, seeking the intercession of the Holy Prophet,
Clerics spoke to gatherings after evening and night prayers, recounting astounding historic events heralding the birth of Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa (pbuh).
Many shops in markets had been illuminated with colourful lights in keeping with the joy and blessings of the occasion.
In homes, mosques and shrines, people sat with open copies of the Holy Quran to recite specific passages exalting the Final Messenger (pbuh).
Families across Kashmir spoke to their young ones about his blessed life, enjoining gracious manners, truthfulness, honesty, and regular prayer.
Tonights prayers have ushered in weeklong celebrations and assertions of Muslim unity, known as the Hafta-e-Wahdat, instituted by Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic revolution in Iran
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