Huge congregations at Hazratbal, Jamia Masjid
Shab-e-Qadr observed with religious fervour
SRINAGAR—Shab-e Qadr was observed across Jammu and Kashmir with religious fervor with lakhs of Muslims offering night-long prayers.
Muslims offered prayers in local and central mosques and shrines across the Valley.
The biggest congregation was held at Hazratbal Shrine here where thousands of people joined special prayers during the night and also listened to sermons on teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Thousands of people also participated in night-long prayers at historic Jamia Masjid here where Kashmir’s chief cleric and Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq delivered a sermon after ‘Taraveeh’ prayers.
Ulema and religious scholars in their sermons highlighted the teachings of Islam and various aspects of the life of the Holy Prophet (SAW) and urged Muslims to follow the same.
The congregational night long prayers were also held at all mosques and shrines in Srinagar including Masjid Jamiat-e-AhlehadithGawkadal; Asar-eSharif Janab Sahib Soura; Asar-e-Sharif ShehriKalashpora; Ziarat-e-Makhdoom
ASHEIKH SHABIR Sahib (RA), Khanqah-e-Maula and other Masajid and Shrines.
In South Kashmir, congregational night long prayers were held at Jamia Masjid Hanfia, Jamia Masjid Ahlihadith, Bait-ul-Muqaram and Rehat-Ded Masjid in Islamabad (Anantnag) town.
Night long prayers were also offered in Ziarat-e-ShariefKhiram; Kund, Aishmuqam and Bijbehara areas of the district.
In Kulgam, the biggest night long prayer gathering was seen in Jamia Masjid. Large congregational prayer gathering was also witnessed in KhankahTral, Jamia Masjid Shopian and Jamia Masjid Pulwama.
Thousands of Muslims also offered night long prayers in all other districts of the state.
The Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had directed the Divisional Administrations of both Jammu province and Kashmir region to ensure that all facilities were provided to the people especially on account of transportation, water supply and electricity during the night.
She had also directed State Wakf Board authorities to put all necessary arrangements at all Shines for devotees.—GK FTER the killing of eight Central Reserve Po lice Force (CRPF) men at Pampore, Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) alliance partner, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded that India should attack Pakistan Administered Kashmir. Though Jammu Kashmir assembly has no role in going for or stopping the war, BJP did call for war obviously to please its electorate.
Truth is that war is not a solution to any bilateral issue between India and Pakistan. Kashmir issue is central in the relation of India and Pakistan. Its solution is a key for peace for both the two neighboring countries and for the entire south Asian region.
There is no denying to the fact that both the neighbors have tried several formulae to settle the issue. But no formula has clenched the issue. Even dialogue has failed to do so.
However, dialogue still remains the best option to settle the long pending issues between the two countries. Though India and Pakistan have many a time created conducive climate for talks between themselves, something or the other upset their applecart and strained the relation between them.
The incidents like the Parliament attack (in India), the Mumbai attack and the tension on the LoC always give a severe beating to the dialogue option between the two neighbors.
With the election of Nawaz Sharif in 2013, expectations raised that the dialogue between the two would be prioritized to build trust and resolve the thorny issues with India. And when Narendra Modi invited him to India for the swearing in ceremony in May 2014, Sharif took a realistic path by