Unprecedented Number Of People Visit Hazratbal Shrine
7 May 2004
News Network International
Srinagar: An unprecedented number of devotees visited Hazratbal shrine here to offer prayers on the occasion of Friday following Eid-e Milad Un- Nabi. The day was celebrated across occupied state with traditional religious fervor. The rush of devotees was so huge that thousands of them found no space to offer prayers. Rows of people stretched from Hazratbal Square to several other areas. According to Kashmir Media Service, huge congregations were held at Hazratbal shrine, Jamia Masjid, Shahari Kalashpora, Jenab Sahib Soura, Pinjura, Kabamarg, Aham Sharief, Khiram Sirhama, Pattan and other shrines and mosques where thousands of people offered prayers. People thronged Hazratbal shrine since morning and offered prayers. The Holy Relic of Prophet (SAW) was displayed on the occasion. In the biggest gathering at Dargah Hazratbal nearly one and half lakh devotees visited the shrine and offered the congregational Friday prayers. People from other districts had also come to the shrine. Devotees prayed for the unity and success of the Muslim Ummah throughout the world. Special prayers were also held for the peace and tranquility in the Valley and success of freedom struggle. Meanwhile, president of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabbir Ahmad Shah during visit to Hazratbal Shrine on the day thanked the people for observing election boycott. He told people that by rejecting the mainstream politicians they did a commendable service for the movement. The DFP president strongly condemned the lack of arrangements by the puppet government supervised Muslim Auqaf Trust in the shrine. He said that because of the poor arrangements the people could not have the glimpse of the holy relic of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).