Srinagar: Processions, special prayers and other religious events marked the Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW) celebrations across the Valley on Friday.
Thousands of devotees thronged various shrines in Kashmir and offered congregational prayers with fervour and gaiety.
The largest gathering was observed at the Hazratbal shrine, which houses a relic of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). People from every nook and corner of Kashmir made their way to the shrine for a glimpse of the holy relic.
Earlier, people offered night-long prayers in the shrine, chanting verses from the Qur’an and praises for the Prophet (SAW). Following Friday congregational prayers, people had a glimpse of the only holy relic housed in the shrine.
Hundreds of people offered special prayers on Friday at Jenab Saheb shrine in Anchar. People also held night-long prayers in the shrine.
At several places like Bemina, Chanapora, Habba Kadal, Barbar Shah, Nowgam, Dalgate, Soibug and other areas, people took out Milad processions amid sloganeering in favour of Islam.
Special congregational prayers were also organised at Asar-e-Sharif Shahri Kalashpora, Lal Bazar, Khanqah-e-Maula, Ziarat Hazrat Dastgeer Sahab (RA), Syed Yaqoob Sahab (RA), Sonwar, Khawaja Naqshband Sahab (RA) and Ziarat Makhdoom Sahib (RA), Jamia Masjid Reshi Sahab, Khiram Sirhama, Kaba Marg, Dooru, Duderhama Ganderbal and Seer Hamdan.
Similar processions were reported from Bandipora, Pulwama, Shopian, Tangmarg, Beerwah, Kangan, Sumbal, Hajin and other places of Kashmir.
Thousands of people participated in a Milad rally in Baramulla district of north Kashmir, in which people from Rafiabad, Sangrama, Narvaw, Kandi, Uri, Boniyar, Pattan, Sopore, Sangrama and Tangmarg participated amid a cold wave in the area.
The rally started from Dargah Hazrat Syed Muhammad Janbaz Wali (RA), Khanpora, Baramulla to Dargah Aliyah, Old Town, Baramulla.
Chairman Idara Tahqeeqat-e-Imam Ahmad Raza Kashmir and Mutwalli Ziyarat Hazrat Syed Muhammad Janbaz Wali (RA), Khanpora, Baramulla, Khursheed Ahmad Shah said that they are celebrating Milad as peace day in Kashmir so that people who always talk against Islam would know that Islam is a religion of peace and Prophet Muhammad (SAW) came with the message of love and humanity.
Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Nisar Ahmad Naqash, SSP Baramulla Imtiyaz Hussain Mir and other district administration officers from the police and civil administration visited Khanpora and Old Town and monitored the rally from start to end.
In Bhaderwah and Kishtwar, people took out Milad processions and marched through various streets. Similar activities were held at Ramban, Batote, Gool, Sangaldaan, Gandoh, Doda, Assar, Bhalla and other parts of Pir-Panjal areas.
Arrangements had been made by the divisional administration on the eve of Milad for people’s convenience. Several SRTC buses plied on different routes to carry the devotees in the Valley.