Srinagar, Dec 30: The annual Urs of the 11th century Sufi saint, Shaikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani (RA), known as Peer Dastageer Sahib by devotees, was observed with religious fervor on Saturday.
Reports said that ‘Shab Khwani’ (nightlong prayers) were held from the last evening and there was no let up in the rush of devotees throughout the day on Saturday at Khanyar and Sarai Bala shrines here.
While devotees remained engrossed in prayers and supplications, emotional scenes of people praying with tears in their eyes were witnessed when the holy relic of revered saint was displayed.
Devotees usually pay obeisance at the shrine for 11 days till the main Urs day. Besides Sarai Bala, the main Urs was held at the Dastageer Sahib Shrine located at Khanyar in old Srinagar city, which was damaged in fire in 2012.
Meanwhile, All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman and Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema chief, Mirwaiz Dr. Moulvi Muhammad Umar Farooq paid tributes to Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani (RA), saying he had dedicated his life for Islam and attracted people toward the peaceful religion by spreading the true message of Islam and by playing the role of a social reformer.
Terming him a spiritual saint who worked with dedication for the spread of Islam, the Mirwaiz said Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani, popularly known as Dastgeer sahab, Peeran-e- Peer and Gaus-u-Azam, laid stress on humanity, kindness, brotherhood and social service, for which the presented generations Muslims were indebted to him. Stressing that one the hand, Dastgeer sahab, with his missionary zeal and sermons, attracted tens of thousands of people toward Islam, he said on the other hand, with his social reforms, he helped in creating a moral and just society as a result of which, centuries after his death, he was still being remembered world over and his teachings attracting all the more attention.
Suggesting that paying tributes to Gaus-ul-Azam and celebrating his Urs would only be meaningful when Muslims follow his religious mission, the APHC Chairman said Muslim Kashmiri like the great spiritual saint needed to believe in the oneness of the Almighty Allah and rededicate themselves for the betterment of Islam and Ummah and take stock of their lives.
Urging the people of Kashmir particularly the Muslim youth, parents and family heads to come forward and shoulder responsibilities in shaping our society in accordance with islamic teachings and values ,Mirwaiz appealed them for helping cleanse the Kashmiri society off social evils and un-Islamic practices