Srinagar: Thousands of Muslim devotees flocked to Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar to mark the anniversary of the day on which Muslims believe Prophet Muhammad (SAW) ascended to heaven.
The biggest congregation was held at Hazratbal shrine located on the banks of the Dal Lake here.
Devotees comprising men, women and children converged at the shrine that houses the holy relic of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) throughout the day on Thursday.
Hazratbal has special significance because of the fact that it houses a strand of hair said to belong to Prophet Muhammad (SAW). This is put on public display on religious occasions.
The devotees had a glimpse of the holy relic of Prophet Muhammad after every Nimaz at the white marbled Hazratbal shrine.
People also offered Durud (praises of the Prophet) and recited Holy Quran at the shrine for atonement of their sins.
Some of the people turned emotional and could not control the tears while having a look at the holy relic of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Others could be seen engrossed in prayers while seeking refuge in Almighty Allahs greatness.
Similar religious congregations were held across the length and breadth of the Kashmir Valley.
Reports of Meraj-ul-Alam functions have come from Asar Sharief Lal Bazar, Jenab Saheb Soura, Kalashpora, Syed Sahib-Sonwar, Shopian, Makhama-Beerwah and other places located across the Kashmir Valley.
The government had put in place an adequate number of State Road Transport Corporation buses for the to and fro movement of the devotees to Hazratbal as the areas around the shrine wore a festive look with many roadside vendors selling a whole lot of eatables and other items.
The Health Department and some other departments as well as Non-Governmental Organizations had made arrangements so that the devotees dont face any problem while discharging their religious obligations.
Some of the organizations had erected stalls where juices and beverages were offered to the devotees during the course of the day.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has congratulated the people on the auspicious occasion of Meraj-ul-Alam.
In her message of felicitation, Mehbooba said the occasion should remind us of the struggle that the Prophet fought for the good of humanity and how he ascended the heights of glory as a result.
She also highlighted the principles of Islam pertaining to human service and welfare of poor and needy.
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