Eid-E-Milad-Un-Nabi (SAW) Celebrated With Religious Fervor In Kashmir

Srinagar, Sep 29 (KNS): Eid-e-Milad, commemorating the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad, witnessed devout celebrations across the Kashmir valley on Friday.

The grandest congregation unfolded at Asar-e-Sharief Hazratbal, home to the holy relic of the Prophet Muhammad. Thousands of devotees, men, women, and children, joined in night-long prayers known as "Shab Khawani," during which special prayers were offered. Emotions ran high as the holy relic of the Prophet was exhibited at Hazratbal after Friday congregation prayer.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressed the second Friday congregation at Jama Masjid Srinagar, where thousands of people gathered, extending warm greetings to the people of Jammu & Kashmir.

Mirwaiz highlighted that the life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad offer invaluable guidance and inspiration for Muslims, serving as a timeless model for individuals and communities striving to lead righteous, fulfilling, and peaceful lives. He emphasized that these teachings hold relevance for people of all times and ages.

Mirwaiz underscored that the Prophet serves as a perfect example for Muslims, particularly the youth, who represent the future of humanity. His exemplary character, characterized by honesty, kindness, humility, and unwavering integrity, imparts fundamental values. Inculcating these values guarantees a purposeful life and a rewarding afterlife. Mirwaiz also noted that the Prophet's leadership style, which emphasized consultation (Shura), fairness, and justice, provides a model for leaders across various domains to emulate and succeed.

Mirwaiz further emphasized that the challenges and trials faced by Prophet Muhammad during his mission were formidable. Yet, his remarkable ability to maintain patience and perseverance in the face of adversity serves as an enduring source of inspiration for individuals grappling with difficulties and challenges in their personal lives and for society as a whole.

He highlighted the Prophet's advocacy for social and economic justice, particularly his championing of the rights of marginalized and disempowered groups such as women, orphans, and slaves. This advocacy laid the foundation for an egalitarian societal structure. The Prophet's kindness, mercy, and capacity for forgiveness, even towards those who opposed him and those who engaged in battles against him, stand as unparalleled examples of his character.

Milad processions adorned various parts of the Valley, aiming to highlight the teachings of Prophet Muhammad. To facilitate devotees, the Road Transport Corporation (RTC) operated special buses from Lal Chowk to Hazratbal and other valley routes throughout the day.

Stringent security measures enveloped the Hazratbal shrine, with the police vigilantly overseeing traffic and parking management.
Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha extended his warm greetings to the people on this occasion, emphasizing the Prophet's teachings of compassion, peace, love, harmony, and brotherhood. He wished for the joyous occasion to bring peace, prosperity, and happiness to all and inspire righteous living and welfare efforts.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Faroq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah, Altaf Bukhari, and several other political leaders also conveyed their greetings to the people on this auspicious occasion.

The authorities and the Waqf Board had meticulously arranged for the devotees at the Hazratbal Shrine.

Special Friday congregational prayers took place at various locations, including Jenab Sahab Soura, Asar-e-Sharif Shahri Kalashpora, Khanqah-e-Maula, Ziarat Hazrat Dastgeer Sahab (RA), Syed Yaqoob Sahab (RA) Sonwar, Khawaja Naqshband Sahab (RA), and Ziarat Makhdoom Sahib (RA).

In South Kashmir, a multitude of devotees flocked to Khiram-Hazratbal Shrine in Islamabad district, housing the Holy relic of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). After the congregational prayers, the Holy Relic was exhibited, and devotees prayed for Kashmir's peace and prosperity.

Pulwama, Islamabad, and Shopian districts in South Kashmir also witnessed numerous small and large rallies. Devotees carrying green flags and banners chanted praises of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and emphasized the teachings of Islam. Significant congregations gathered at Kabba Marg, Jamia Masjid Reshi Bazar, Dooru, and Seer Hamdan.

In Central and North Kashmir districts, similar processions resonated through Bandipora, Tangmarg, Beerwah, Kangan, Sumbal, and other locales.
In Budgam, a sizable congregation gathered at the shrine of the revered saint, Sheikh Noor-Ud-Din Noraani (RA), at Charar-e-Shareef, along with the Ziayarat of Hazrat Syed Hussain Simnani (RA).

In Ganderbal, special congregations unfolded at different places, and several rallies radiated enthusiasm across the district, echoing pro-Islam slogans.

In Baramulla and Kupwara, Eid Milad was celebrated with immense enthusiasm, with thousands participating in processions.(KNS)

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