Mur­mur of a prayer

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With a prayer on their lips and tears in their eyes, these men and women plead for mercy and seek the bless­ings of the di­vine. As they bow down their heads in de­vo­tion, they hope their mis­eries will be wiped away by the Sufi saints their only com­fort amidst the tur­moil in the Kash­mir val­ley. Since ages a huge num­ber of Su­fis have trav­elled to Kash­mir spread­ing the mes­sage of Is­lam. Peo­ple of Jammu and Kash­mir have revered these saints, ir­re­spec­tive of their re­li­gion. Many artis­tic shrines have been ded­i­cated to them the Shah-e-hamadan shrine, the Makhdoom Sahib shrine, the Dastageer Sahib shrine, the Naqash­band Sahib shrine, the Harzat Syed Yaqoob Sahib, the Son­war shrine, the Charare-sharief shrine, the Ash­muqam shrine and the Baba Reshi shrine are among the shrines most fre­quently vis­ited. Devo­tees en­ter the shrine with a heavy heart, in a hope to leave with a peace­ful mind. The peer baba will send their prayers di­rectly to the God, they say.

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