SRINAGAR: Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir Mohammad Umar Farooq on Monday said the Uswa-e-Hasana (the way of living) of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) has been and will continue to be the best path to follow and walk upon, not only for Muslims but the entire mankind.
Addressing people at the shrine of Khawaja Bahaudin Naqshband (RA) at Khawaja Bazar in downtown on the occasion of ‘Khoja Digar’ celebrated on 3 Rabiul Awal during the annual Urs every year, Mirwaiz paid tributes to the great saint saying he worked tirelessly for the establishment of Tawheed and implementation of Sunnah among the Muslims.
He said great Sufi saints like Hazrat Khawaja Bahaudin (RA) were the blessed and chosen ones by Almighty Allah to spread the teachings of the revered Prophet Muhammad (SAW) among people who dedicated their life to it.
“Their life is a living example of piety and simplicity. They guided humanity and showed them the spiritual path of getting closer to Almighty Allah and helped to kindle compassion and kindness among them. The light of their teachings and exemplary lives penetrated the darkness of ignorance and doubt,” he said.
On the occasion, Mirwaiz led special Touba-e-Istighfaar prayers (repentance prayers) and offered the ‘Khoja Digar’ (the congregational Asr prayers) – a 400-year-old practice in Kashmir to remember the Hazrat Khawaja Naqshband (RA).
Mirwaiz also recalled the sacrifices of the 1931 Martyrs buried there, and said the cause for which they laid down their lives is yet to be realised. “Tens of thousands of Kashmiris have laid down their lives since then for the realisation of that cause – the right to decide our destiny,” he said.
“Kashmiris are going through worst form of subjugation and repression by GoI, forcing our youth to a path of armed resistance while some shameless creatures within us are exploiting the situation to realise their petty personal ambitions,” he said.
Mirwaiz reiterated that “Kashmiris have rejected any and every form of electoral dramas thrust upon them to grant legitimacy to illegal and forcible control and only demand the right to self determination”.