Agence India Press
Srinagar: Eid-i-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW) was celebrated with full reverence, devotion and religious fervour amid rain showers and snow in Kashmir on Sunday. The day marks the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Religious processions, special prayer meetings, Seerat Conferences were sbeing organized across the State to celebrate the day. Special functions would be held in the Valley at various shrines and Masjids. The biggest congregation was held at Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar where devotees in large numbers would offer special prayers and have glimpses of the holy relic of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Men, women and children converged at the shrine on the banks of the Dal Lake to have a glimpse of the Holy Relic—moi-e-Muqaddas— a hair of the Prophet’s beard after each namaz for which people joined in chorus to offer the Durud.
“May this event be a message of love and harmony among all Muslims of the world, and a message of peace to the non-Muslims,” said Irfan Ahmad Mir who came to offer namaz at the shrine from north Kashmir’s Baramullah district.
The administration had made special arrangements for the convenience of devotees. Uninterrupted electric power, safe drinking water, regulating the streams of the devotees and guiding lost children in the crowd to their parents were some of the highlights of these arrangements.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Saturday had visited Hazratbal shrine and reviewed the arrangements put in place by the administration and the Waqaf Board for the holy occasion of Eid-i-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW). Omar also prayed for peace and development at the shrine. He also conveyed greetings to the people on Eid-i-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW) and wished them happiness and prosperity.
In a message of greetings, the Governor described Islam as a religion of peace and said that this holy day marks the birth of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), whose life was an embodiment of love, equality and brotherhood.
The Governor prayed for the well-being of the people of the State.
Religious scholars, ulmas, separatist leaders and mainstream politicians have greeted people on the occasion.
The Government had made elaborate arrangements to ensure the smooth flow of traffic. More than 1000 private and SRTC vehicles ferried devotees from different parts of the Valley to the shrine throughout the day.
The main markets in Summer capital Srinagar were been decorated with electric lightings and buntings on the occasion since the beginning of Rabi-ul-Awal as markets have been illuminated in Dargah and other parts of the city.
Besides Hazratbal, congregational prayers were also offered at Asarisharif Kalashpora and Jenab Sahib Soura in the city.
In north Kashmir’s Baramulla town, thousands of people participated in Milad procession taken out by the Janbaz Academy and Jamiat-Ahl-Sunnath.
The procession started from the Shrine of Janbaz Wali (RA) Khanpora and culminated at Astan Aalia of old town. Chanting pro-Islam slogans and reciting Doorud the processionists marched through the town.
In South Kashmir, thousands of people offered prayers at Masjids and Shrines mainly at Jamia Masjid Reshi Sahab, Khiram Sirhama, Kaba Marg, Dooru and Seer Hamdan. Milad processions were also taken out in south Kashmir.
Thousands of people participated in the procession taken out in Islamabad town. Reports of Milad processions are also pouring in from other districts.
The congregational prayers were also held at Pinjoora Shopian and Qaimoh, where religious scholars threw light on the life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
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