The reverend Sufi has a huge following that cuts across caste, creed and colour
Sopore: The town on Saturday witnessed heavy traffic jams as thousands of devotees and mureeds of Ahad sahib thronged his home in Noor Bagh area of Sopore in north Kashmir.
Ahad Bab, one of the most reverred Sufi saints, was born on June 30, 1930, at Mohalla Ashapeer in Sopore, Baramulla.
He passed away at the age of 78 on July 26, 2010 after a brief illness. His family observes his Urs on 13th of Shaban every year.
His grandson Gulrez Mushtaq said, “We have devotees coming from not only various parts of Kashmir but also from outside the state.”
People say that when Ahad Bab reached the highest stage of spiritual path, Fana and Baqa, he deliberately subjected himself to physical troubles and traumas. He would wear less, or no clothes at all, in chilly winters and walk on snow barefooted. He would spend nights at the places without roof or shelter. It was only during the last few years, when his health started to fail, that Ahad sahib wore a Pheran.
Sharing the eminence of Ahad sahib, three friends from Jammu – Sanjay, Vicky and Satish, said, “We started to visit the saint since 2004. And as a result we got success and our businesses flourished. Though he never spoke to us or gave us anything but every time we faced a problem, we used to rush and seek his blessing.”
Another devotee from Mumbai, Tania Peerzada (basically from Sopore) had flown down all the way from Maharashtra to attend the Urs.
“Whatever we are today is because of Ahad sahib’s blessings. We make sure that we attend his urs each year,” Tania Peerzada told Kashmir Reader.
Meanwhile, Sopore also witnessed a large number of people attending the fateha at the martyrs’ graveyard. And several pro-freedom activists from different parties paid rich tributes to Mirwaiz Moulvi Farooq and Abdul Ghani Lone.