Flood threat: Special prayers held across Valley

Flood threat: Special prayers held across Valley

Junaid Nabi Bazaz

SRINAGAR: Special prayers were offered at several places Wednesday to invoke Allah’s mercy to prevent reoccurrence of floods in the Kashmir valley
Langars( community kitchens) were set up to prepare Sasrass (votive turmeric rice) as a divine offering.
At city center Lal Chowk, local shopkeepers prepared Sasrass and distributed it among pedestrians.
“These floods come due to our sins and today we make sasrus to invoke Allah’s mercy so that floods will not occur again,” said Nasir Ali Kalla, a shopkeeper at Lalchowk.
Kalla said they served one and half quintal of sasrass today and incase rainfall did not stop, they will cook more.
People also offered special prayers at various places. Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed along with his cabinet members also paid visit to Hazratbal shrine and offered special prayers for the improvement of weather conditions in the state.
Kashmir Reader also learnt that people in old city also held special prayers and offered Sasrass to people for the improvement of inclement weather conditions in the valley.
In worst times, offering Sasrass and prayers are centuries old tradition in the valley. In worst times, Kashmiris turn to these types of prayers to invoke Allah’s mercy to get away from crisis.
“There is nothing that anyone can do at this juncture and only prayers matter right now. We hope that Allah will accept our prayers and prevent us from floods. We cannot another flood,” Kalla added.
Weather conditions in the valley deteriorated on Sunday evening and created panic among locals. People and shopkeepers who were the first victims of September 2014 floods shifted their merchandise to the safer places.
State administration has already asked residents of flood prone areas to shift for safer places. It has provided advisories and issued evacuation plan in advance.
Although the water level in the Jhelum continued to recede for the second consecutive day but people fear the water level may rise again due to continues rainfall since last night.