Thousands Brave Chill, Throng Hazratbal

SRINAGAR: Devotees from all across Kashmir thronged to Hazratbal shrine on Friday to observe the Friday following Milad-un-Nabi (SAW). Reports said that more than one lakh people offered the congregational Friday prayers in the shrine, housing the Holy relic of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). The relic was displayed after every prayer from Fajar to Isha. Since morning, devotees started arriving at Hazratbal shrine in large number in buses and private vehicles from almost all the districts-Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam, Anantnag, Bandipora, Kupwara, Baramulla, and Budgam. Before the Friday prayers thousands of devotees had reached there. They offered Friday prayers and had the glimpse of holy relic.

For the entire Thursday night, the devotees recited praises of the Prophet (SAW) at the shrine, with preachers shedding light on the life and teachings of the Prophet (SAW). Similar congregational prayers were held in many other Masjids and shrines in the city and elsewhere. These include Jinab Sahib Soura, Aasar-i-Sharief Shahri Kailshpora, Khanqah-e-Mualla, Dastegeer Sahib Khanyar, Ziyarat Makdoom Sahib, Kohimaran, and Ziyarat Syed Saib Sonwar.

Even as the traffic police had made arrangements for smooth movement of the vehicles, huge rush of vehicles led to traffic jams at several places. One way traffic was allowed from Lal Chowk to Hazratbal and back. The vehicles going from Lal Chowk to Hazratbal had to move via Lal Bazar area. However, those moving from Hazratbal to Lal Chowk had to take the Saidakadal route. Some 100 buses of State Road Transport Corporation had been pressed into service to ferry devotees to and from Hazratbal. Vendors had set up stalls outside the shrine complex, where food items were on sale. The devotees were happy over offering the prayers at the shrine and having the glimpse of holy relic.

Department of Students Welfare University of Kashmir organised special social service  camp for devotees to Hazratbal shrine.

Registrar Kashmir University Prof  Zafar Ahmad Reshi  and Dean Students Welfare Prof Nilofar Khan personally monitored the preparations in these camps.

Reports reaching here said that some 15,000 devotees offered congregational Friday prayers at shrines in Kaba Marg and Khiram Sirhama areas in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district,. Besides, night long prayers were held in several mosques with religious leaders urging people to follow the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in letter and spirit. Special prayers were also held in Pinjoora Shopian and Seer Hamadan, where the preachers urged people to desist from indulging in un-Islamic practices.

Chanting religious slogans, thousands of people took out a Milad procession in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district. Holding placards, hundreds of students and people participated in the procession which was organized by Jammu Kashmir Karwan-i-Islami from Makhama to Magam. The procession was led by Maulana Ghulam Rasool Hami.

Thousands of devotees offered the congregational Friday prayers at Aastan-e-Aalia in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district. Similar reports were received from other towns including Ganderbal, Pulwama, Shopian, Kangan, Charar-i-Sharief and Bandipora. 

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