id-e-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW) was celebrated with religious fervour and reverence across Kashmir valley on Tuesday, with the biggest gathering witnessed at Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar city amid displaying of holy relics to thousands of devotees.
Despite COVID-19, thousands of devotees thronged the Hazartbal Shrine, which also houses the relic of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), here on the banks of Dal Lake, to have a glimpse of the holy relic.
Religious processions and ‘Seerat’ conferences were organized across J&K to celebrate the day. Besides, special congregations were held at various shrines and Masjids, a Wakf Board official told Good Morning Kashmir.
Thousands of devotees offered afternoon prayers at the Hazratbal Shrine. The holy relic of Prophet Muhammad was displayed by its custodian after the prayers, officials said.
Emotional scenes were witnessed during the display of holy relic of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W), with tears rolling down from the eyes of devotees while raising their hands for prayers reciting Quranic verses and Durood.
Many devotees from far flung areas of the Valley had arrived at the Shrine in order to offer the prayers at Hazratbal.
Auqaf, which manages the affairs of the shrine, had made arrangements for the devotees.
The Wakf Board officials said that the devotees were repeatedly asked through loudspeakers to follow COVID19 safety guidelines strictly and spend less time at shrines and Masjids to avoid violation of coronavirus guidelines.
Milad processions were taken out in the city and several parts of the Valley, the officials said.
Hazratbal Shrine and many other mosques were decorated and illuminated with florescent lights while special religious flags were hoisted atop some buildings and vehicles to mark the occasion.
Several small and large rallies were taken out in Pulwama, Islamabad and Shopian districts of South Kashmir. The devotees holding green flags and banners raised slogans in praise of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and emphasized on the teachings of Islam.
In Central and north Kashmir districts, similar processions were reported from Bandipora, Tangmarg, Beerwah, Kangan, Sumbal and other places.
In Budgam, a large congregation was held at the shrine of a famous saint, Sheikh Noor-Ud-Din Noraani (RA), at Charar-e-Shareef and Ziayarat of Hazrat
Syed Hussain Simnani (RA).