Farooq, Omar greet people on annual Urs of great saint

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Dec 16: Chief Patron National Conference Dr Farooq Abdullah and Working President NC and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today greeted people on the annual Urs of Mehboob-ul-Alam Hazrat Sultan-ul-Arifeen, Sheikh Hamzah Makhdoomi Kashmiri (RA).
In a statement issued here, while greeting the people on the annual Urs of the great Awliya, the leaders said that the teachings of the revered saint are based on the holy Quran and Ahadees-i-Nabi (SAW) which show a complete way of living for all the people.
Dr Farooq Abdullah said for centuries the shrine of Hazrat Sultan-ul-Arifeen, Sheikh Hamzah Makhdoomi Kashmiri (RA) has remained epitome of Islamic culture and civilisation.
“He taught us religious tolerance, justice, equality and the teachings of Almighty Allah and last prophet Hazrat Mohammad (SAW),” Dr Farooq said.
He stressed that we should follow the golden principles of the Sheikh Hamzah Makhdoomi Kashmiri (RA).
“People should follow the footprints of this great religious saint. This holy shrine is visited by thousands of devotees everyday braving bone chilling cold, to observe the night long prayers which show the essence of this holy shrine,” he said.
The Urs is celebrated throughout Kashmir by organizing special prayers at different places in which thousands of people participate. People from different parts of the Valley, including women and children, attend the special prayers.
Meanwhile, Senior NC leader Sheikh Nazir Ahmed (Advocate), General Secretary Haji Ali Mohammad Sagar, Additional General Secretary Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, Speaker Legislative Assembly Mubarak Gul, MLA Irfan Ahmed Shah and Peer Afaaq Ahmed have also greeted the people on this holy occasion.

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