Eid-e-Milad celebrated with religious fervor in Kashmir

Head cleric displaying Holy Relic at Dargah Hazratbal on Eid-e-Milad in Srinagar. -Excelsior/Shakeel
Head cleric displaying Holy Relic at Dargah Hazratbal on Eid-e-Milad in Srinagar. -Excelsior/Shakeel

Suhail Bhat
SRINAGAR, Sept 29: Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW), the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), was observed today with religious fervour across the Valley.
Thousands of devotees attended night-long prayers at major shrines and mosques in the Valley. The largest congregation was held at Hazratbal shrine on the banks of Dal lake, which also houses the Holy Relic of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), where devotees, including men, women and children, sought peace, mercy and blessings from the Almighty.

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Throughout the day, devotees from all corners of the Valley thronged Hazratbal, participating in congregational prayers and venerating the Holy Relic. Emotional scenes were witnessed as the Holy Relic was displayed after every congregational prayer, with tears of devotion from worshippers, particularly women.
During her visit to the shrine, the Wakf Board Chairperson, Darakshan Andrabi, ensured that all the facilities were put in place for the devotees. She highlighted plans for infrastructure improvements, including guesthouses and langar facilities. “We are here to provide facilities. There is a need for some more infrastructure as several things are still lacking, and we are trying on a regular basis to upgrade the infrastructure. We are planning to construct guesthouses and make arrangements for the langar as well so that people who come here from far-off places can get food and accommodation on this eve,” she said.
In the past few days, Srinagar and other major towns have been glowing with joy as mosques, shrines, and malls have been light up to celebrate Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) birth anniversary, known as Milad-un-Nabi.
People in large numbers took part in the Milad processions and car rallies, where they chanted slogans in honour of the Prophet. These gatherings ended peacefully, bringing the community closer together. Various religious groups also hosted conferences and seminars to explain the importance of this special day, shedding light on Prophet Muhammad’s teachings and his role in spreading messages of peace.
In northern Kashmir, a large procession started at the shrine of Syed Mohammad Janbaz e Wali and ended at Dargah-e-Aaliya in Baramulla’s old town, passing through different markets along the way. The Holy Relic was displayed at Dargah e Aalia after each prayer, attracting many devotees, including women, who came for nightlong prayers.
In South Kashmir’s Shopian, devotees gathered at the revered shrine of Asar Sharif Hazratbal Pinjoora after Friday prayers to see the Holy Relic of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Mutwali Mir Bashir Ahmad shared insights into the life of the Holy Prophet (SAW) and his teachings of peace during his address to the devotees.
Stringent security measures were in place, with scores of Jammu and Kashmir Police officers deployed for crowd control at all the religious places across. Police closely monitored traffic and parking.