The Urs Mubarak of Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani (RA) was Friday celebrated throughout the Valley with reverence and religious fervor as thousands of devotees joined night-long prayers on Thursday night across the region. The main congregation was held at shrine of Hazrat Gous-ul-Azam Dastgir at Khanyar in the city here in which thousands of devotees participated. Prayers were also held at shrines at Varmul, Pinjura Shopian, Sirhama, Handwara and Tujjar Sharief in Sopore. During the nightlong prayers, the Ulema and Imams threw a detailed light on the life, religious services and teachings and spiritual strength of the revered Islamic scholar and saint who had devoted his whole life to the service to and preaching of Islam. The devotees told KNS that the arrangements made by the administration for the devotees were disappointing as they face tremendous hardships due to the non-seriousness of authorities.
2015 Kashmir Despatch