Srinagar: The 652nd Urs of Hazat Mir Syed Ali Hamdani (RA), popularly known as Shah-e-Hamdan and Amir-e-Kabir, was on Tuesday observed across Kashmir with devotees thronging Masjids and shrines for special prayers.
The biggest congregation was held at Khanqah-e-Moula in old Srinagar city with religious fervour and enthusiasm.
The annual Urs of Shah-e-Hamdan is being observed on 6th Zil-Hijjah of Islamic calendar.
Thousands of devotes including men, women, children and the elderly thronged the shrine to participate in the congregational prayers. The devotees also recited Quranic verses, followed by ‘Duaiya Majlis’.
A nocturnal Shab was also observed at the shrine in connection with the Urs.
Islamic scholars shed light on the life and achievements of Hazrat Mir Syed Ali Hamdani (RA). They expressed hope that the teachings of Shah-e-Hamdan (RA) shall remain alive in all times to come. Preparations for the Urs were organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Waqaf Board.
The Urs of Shah Hamdhan (RA) was also observed with religious fervour at Khankah Faizpanah Tral, Jinab Sahab Soura, Aasar Sharif Kalashpora, Kabamarg and Khiram Sirhama in Anantnag, Dooru Seer Hamdan, Aham Sharif Bandipora, Budgam, Kupwara and Bandipora.
Syed Ali bin Shahab-ud-Din Hamadani Abidi (1314-1384), also known as “Shah-i-Hamdan” (King of Hamadhan) and as “Amir-i-Kabir” (the Great Commander), was a Persian Sufi and a prominent Muslim scholar.
He was very influential in spreading Islam in Kashmir and had a major hand in shaping the culture of the Kashmir valley.
Shah-i-Hamdan (RA) also introduced amongst the people the famed handicraft skills for which Kashmir is known all over the world.
The devotees during the Urs prayed for long-lasting peace in Kashmir and sought peace, blessings and mercy from the Almighty.