Srinagar– The Urs of 11th century Sufi saint, Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani (RA), popularly known as Dastgeer Sahib (RA) was observed on Monday with devotion and reverence across Kashmir Valley.
In Srinagar, special congregational prayers were held at Dastgeer Sahib shrine in Khanyar and Sarai Bala.
Braving rains and cold weather, thousands of devotees thronged the shrine of Sufi saint Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani (RA) at Khanyar to have a glimpse of the holy relic. Emotional scenes were witnessed on the occasion.
The Urs of Dastgeer Sahab (RA) is being observed on the 11th day of Rabi Al Thani—the fourth month of the Islamic Hijri Calendar.
During the special prayers, the religious clerics threw light on the teachings of the revered saint. Besides, the shrines at both the places were decorated.
Outside the shrines, the local and non-local business establishments had installed their carts and were seen selling traditional snacks.
Earlier, Thousands of devotees including men and women participated in the night long prayers “Shab Khawani” at Dastageer Sahib Shrine at Khanyar on Sunday.
Pertinently, the actual shrine of the revered saint is located at Baghdad in Iraq. Even though the saint has never visited Kashmir, he is highly revered Kashmiris.
Chairperson Waqf Board Jammu and Kashmir Darakhshan Andrabi visited the holy shrine of Dastageer Sahib at Khanyar and paid obeisance there. She also took stock of the arrangements in place by the authorities for the visiting devotees.
Speaking to media persons, Darakshan said that the Sufi saint has a special place in Kashmir and he had played a pivotal role in the spread of Islam.
“Dastgeer Sahab is revered by every Kashmiri, regardless of his or her religious affiliation. As I was coming here, some Kashmiri Pandits handed over money to donate to the shrine,”
“This shows the significance and importance Dastgeer Sahab enjoys in Kashmir” Darakshan said.
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