SRINAGAR: Thousands of devotees flocked to Hazratbal shrine on the sores of Dal Lake in Srinagar on Monday to mark the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
Devotees comprising men, women and children converged at the shrine that houses the holy relic of the holy Prophet throughout the day on Monday.
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.
In South Kashmir, thousands of people offer prayers at Masjids and Shrines mainly at Jamia Masjid Reshi Sahab, Khiram Sirhama, Kaba Marg, Dooru and Seer Hamdan while in north Kashmir Milad procession will be taken out at various places.
Special arrangements were put in place by Traffic Police for smooth movement of people to and from the shrine. Besides private and public transport, State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) had made arrangements for ferrying devotees. Divisional administration had made arrangements of security and other necessary facilities.
Various religious, social, business and political organizations had erected banners on roads and shops outside Hazratbal shrine, greeting people on the occasion while local traders decorated the markets and announced discount on various items. The devotees, who had gone for night long stay and those who reached the shrine at afternoon prayers expressed satisfaction over the arrangements made by Waqaf Board.
Vice-Chairman Waqf Board said that they had made special arrangements for the devotees to ensure smooth conduct of congregational prayers.
Meanwhile, special congregational prayers were also organized at other revered shrines of Kashmir like Jenab Sahab Soura, Asar-e-Sharif Shahri Kalashpora, Khanqah-e-Maula, Ziarat Hazrat Dastgeer Sahab (RA), Syed Yaqoob Sahab (RA) Sonwar, Khawaja Naqshband Sahab (RA) and Ziarat Makhdoom Sahib (RA). Similar prayers were also held at Masjids and shrines in Islamabad mainly at Jamia Masjid Reshi Sahab, Khiram Sirhama, Kaba Marg, Dooru and Seer Hamdan.
In Kargil, thousands of people celebrated Eid Milad-u-Nabi (SAW) in the town. While speaking in Jamia Masjid Hanfia Kargil, the Imam stressed for unity among Muslims. He said that the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is the only way to lead a better life.
A Seerat Conference was held at Idgah in Jammu. The day long Seerat Conference was organised by Anjuman Islah-Ul- Muslimeen, Jammu. The conference was presided over by Vice President All India Muslim Personal Board. A large number of people besides religious scholars participated in the conference. The clerics on the occasion threw light on the teachings and working of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and through their sermons impressed upon the people to be united and follow the teaching of Prophet (SAW).
In Bhaderwah, people took out procession from the historic Jamia Masjid which passed through various roads and streets of Bhaderwah town in which various prominent Muslim scholars made their speeches and threw light on the teachings and working of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Meanwhile, Milad processions were carried out across Jammu and Kashmir. Eyewitnesses told CNS that a massive Milad procession was organized by Anjaman-i-Sheri Shain that was led by senior Hurriyat leader Aagah Syed Hasan Al Mosvi Al Safvi. The procession started from Zadibal and it culminated amid pro-Islamic slogans at Gulshan Bagh Hawal. A car procession was taken out by Karwan-i-Islami led by Maulana Ghulam Rasool Hami from Shaheed Ganj to Shadipora Sonawari. Moulana Hami highlighted the need of following the footsteps of Prophet (SAW) and stressed on unity among Muslims. This car procession passed through Karan Nagar, Shaheedganj, Batamaloo, Maloora, HMT and culminated at Tregam, Shadipora.
A Milad procession was also led by Moulana Maqsood that started from Jamia Masjid Zewan Bala which passed through various areas in which small children also participated.
Similar processions were reported from Ganderbal, Bandipora, Pulwama, Shopian, Tangmarg, Anantnag, Beerwah, Kangan, Sumbal, Hajin and other places.
Mirwaiz South Kashmir Qazi Yasir of Umat-i-Islamia also led a huge Milad procession at Islamabad. Moulana Fayaz Ahmed Rizwi of Saut-ul-Awlia also led a huge Milad procession at Islamabad. In different areas of Pulwama including Kakapora, Pampore, Patipora, Hadiwara, Alochibagh, Gadoora, Munghama and Muran massive Milad processions were taken out in which thousands of people participated. In Budgam, prayers were held throughout the day at Ziyarat of Hazrat Syed Hussain Simnani (RA) and Charar-e-Sharief.
In Baramullah thousands of people assembled at the shrine of Syed Janbaz Wali at Khanpora this morning where from a huge procession was taken out. The devotees while reciting Quranic verses marched through the main chowk of the town and later the march culminated at Dargah-e-Aalia old town Baramulla.
Thousands of people offered prayers at Masjids and shrines in Islamabad (Anantnag) mainly at Jamia Masjid Reshi Sahab, Khiram Sirhama, Kaba Marg, Dooru and Seer Hamdan. People also took out Milad processions from other parts of the district.
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.
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