Milad celebrated across Kashmir with religious fervour

Head cleric displaying Holy Relic at Dargah Hazratbal on Tuesday. -Excelsior/Shakeel
Head cleric displaying Holy Relic at Dargah Hazratbal on Tuesday. -Excelsior/Shakeel

People pray for peace in J&K

Irfan Tramboo
SRINAGAR, Oct 19: Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi celebrated on the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was commemorated with religious gaiety across Kashmir today even though limited gatherings were allowed at the major religious places.
In this regard, nightlong prayers were held at Dargah Hazratbal shrine last night where the people living in the adjacent areas were only allowed to participate in the night-long prayers keeping in view the pandemic.
Apart from Dargah Hazratbal, congregational prayers on the day were held at Asar-e-Sharif Kalashpora, Jenab Sahib Soura, Pinjoora Shopian, Khiram Sirhama in Anantnag, Seer Hamdan, Kaba Marg, Qimoh Ahmsharief Bandipora and Hazrat Janbaz Wali (RA) in north Kashmir’s Baramulla.
People thronged these places in good numbers and participated in the prayers. During the day people including the elderly as well as children across the Valley offered congregational prayers at Hazratbal.
On the occasion, after every prayer that was offered during the day, the holy relic of the Prophet (SAW) was displayed for the devotees who were seen seeking forgiveness from Almighty and praying for peace and tranquillity in J&K.
The management of the Dargah Hazratbal said that the Holy relic of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) will be displayed to devotees throughout the day on 19th October and will also continue on 20th October after each prayer.
The management also said that the holy relic will be again displayed for the devotees on Oct 22 which is going to be the Friday following the Eid-Milad-un- Nabi.
The Wakf Board said that detailed arrangements for the day were put in place to make sure that the devotees adhere to the COVID SOPs that were necessary to be followed keeping in view the pandemic.
Meanwhile, on the occasion, several organizations and local religious schools organized Milad processions across Kashmir valley where the people talked about the various spheres of life of the Prophet (SAW) and urged the participants to emulate the life of the Prophet (SAW).
On the occasion, Dargah Hazratbal along with several other mosques were decorated and illuminated with lights.
On the day which bears utmost importance for Muslims, the divisional administration had also made elaborate arrangements at Hazratbal and other shrines across Kashmir for the convenience of devotees.
Officials said that all the concerned departments including PDD and DHSK had made the required arrangements while the SRTC buses were also kept available for the people.
In the meantime, National Conference president and Member of Parliament from Srinagar Dr Farooq Abdullah today paid obeisance at Asar-e-Sharief Dargah Hazratbal on the auspicious occasion of Eid-e-Milad-Un Nabi (SAW) observance.
Dr Farooq offered congregational Zuhar prayers and paid obeisance at the Shrine, which houses the holy relic of the Prophet of Islam Hazrat Muhammad (SAW).
Later, the party president also had a glimpse of the holy relic, which was displayed for public view after the prayers.
Dr Farooq prayed for lasting peace, prosperity, brotherhood and amity in Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and the rest of the world. He beseeched the Almighty Allah for the revival of trade and economic activities in Kashmir. The party president also prayed for the safety, security and prosperous future of the youth of Jammu and Kashmir.