SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) and Mutahida Majilis-e-Ulema head Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday morning visited the shrine of Shah-e-Hamdan (RA) at Khanqah-e-Moula here which suffered damage during a fire incident Tuesday night.
Expressing shock and sorrow, Mirwaiz took stock of the damage caused to the revered shrine.
“Mirwaiz was greeted by the Khudams and locals including men, women and youth amid pro-Islam and pro-freedom slogans,” a statement issued here said. “The shrine management apprised Mirwaiz about the nature of damage inflicted on the shrine by the midnight blaze. Mirwaiz expressed relief that not much damage was caused to the shrine.”
Speaking on the occasion, Mirwaiz praised the locals especially the youth for their alertness and quick action in dealing with the fire. He said it was because of their timely intervention that the fire was controlled well within time before it could engulf the entire wooden marvel.
Hurriyat (M) chairman said such incidents are also a signal to look inwards and seek repentance from the Almighty Allah.
Later, Mirwaiz led a special repentance prayer during which emotional scenes were witnessed, the statement said. He laid stress on the Wakaf board asking it to take concrete measures in protecting Kashmir’s shrines and other religious places under it and called these spiritual places as “priceless assets” for the people of Kashmir, “who have their emotional and religious attachments with these places since past many centuries”.