Srinagar, July 06: After a gap of three years,the annual Urs of Hazrat Mir Syed Ali Hamdani (RA), popularly known as Shah-e-Hamdan and Amir-e-Kabir, was observed with zeal and zeston Wednesday.
The Urs of Hazat Mir Syed Ali Hamdani was observed at Khanqah-e-Moula in the old city with religious fervour and zeal by more than a thousand Muslims.
The annual Urs of Shah-e-Hamdan, who is considered the founder of Islam in Kashmir, is observed every year on the 6th Zil-Hijjah of the Islamic calendar.
Thousands of devotees, including men, women, children, and the elderly, thronged the shrine to participate in the congregational prayers. The devotees also recited Quranic verses, followed by ‘Duaiya Majlis’. Night prayers are also observed at the shrine in connection with the Urs.
On the occasion, scholars shed light on the life of Hazrat Mir Syed Ali Hamdani (RA). They said that the teachings of Shah-e-Hamdan (RA) should always remain alive.
They added that Amir-e-Kabir (RA) was instrumental in spreading Islam in Kashmir and had a major hand in shaping the culture of Kashmir as Hamdani (RA) also introduced the famed handicraft skills for which Kashmir is known all over the world.
The Urs of Shah Hamdhan (RA) was also observed with religious fervour at Jenab Sahab Soura, Aasar Sharif Kalashpora, Kabamarg and KhiramSirhama in Anantnag, Dooru Seer Hamdan, Aham Sharif Bandipora, Budgam, Kupwara, Pulwama and Bandipora.
The URS was held after three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier, the authorities had barred all religious and social gatherings given the pandemic. However, these religious places were opened amid a downtick in COVID cases.
The administration of the Khanqah-e-Moula told Rising Kashmir that all the arrangements were put in place by the authorities. They said that all facilities like water, electricity, traffic management and clearance were put in place by the authorities.
The caretaker at Khanqah-e-Moula told Rising Kashmir that after a gap of three years, the URS was successfully held here and ten thousand people offered congregational here.
He said a few days back, WAKF Chairman Daraksha Andrabi had also toured this shrine to review the overall arrangements.