Shab-e-Qadr, Juma-tul-Vida Observed With Solemnity in Kashmir

Thousands of devotees converged at Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar to offer congregational prayers on Jumat-ul-Vida, the last Friday of the ongoing holy month of Ramazan. KO Photo, Abid Bhat

Srinagar- Shab-e-Qadar, the night of power and blessings, and Jumat-ul-Vida, the last Friday of the ongoing holy month of Ramazan, was observed across Kashmir valley with religious fervour as the revered Hazratbal Shrine here -- witnessed the largest congregation of devotees as the Grand Mosque of Srinagar remained locked.

The prayers at major mosques and shrines in the valley were held after two years due to successive lockdowns in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19, the officials said.

They said the managing body of the grand mosque had been informed by the authorities that the Shab-e-Qadr and Juma-tul-Vida prayers will not be held there as they apprehended protests.

As part of the festivities, Muslims thronged mosques and shrines across the valley, on Thursday night for prayers and recitation of the Quran as the fasting month is about to end.

Thousands of devout Muslims gathered at Hazratbal, and other mosques and shrines across the valley, including the Dastgir Sahib and Sayed Yaqoob Sahab shrines here to pray.

In absence of the prayers at Jamia Masjid, the biggest gathering on Juma-tul-Vida,was held at Dargah Hazratbal where devotees from all over the Valley converged.

No congregational prayers were held at the historic Jamia Masjid of Srinagar due to government ban order.

Similarly, large congregation prayers were also at other shrines and mosques across the length and breadth of the Valley.

Devotees were also seen offering Friday prayers on the streets adjacent to several mosques and shrines at various places.

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