People cutting across all religious lines gathered at the shrine to attend the Urs of the holy saint.
They offered special prayers at the shrine and wished for peace and prosperity to prevail across the nation.
As a part of celebrations, Sufi scholars and Imams sermoned the public on the life, religious services, teachings and spiritual strength of the saint who devoted himself in service of the public good.
Forming an integral part of the public ethos for the last several centuries, even today the Sufi traditions play an important role in the lives of the people and connote them with an understanding of the world in all its spiritual dimensions.
Community Kitchen or Langar was also set up at the outdoors to serve meals as a holy sacrament to the devotees coming from different regions.
The Urs commemoration of the Sufi saint and the number of devotees coming to visit the shrine clearly indicates that the lesson of humanity and compassion that was once preached by the saint is still having its roots deeply embedded in the culture and traditions of India.
Wrapped up among the busy lanes of Srinagar city lies the Dargah of Sheikh Dawood Sahib. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims throng this Dargah every day to bring forth the spirit of humanity and brotherhood among them. Recently, the Urs or death anniversary of the Sufi Saint was commemorated which was attended by devotees of all faiths who offered their prayers to the Sufi saint. Enlightening the atmosphere of Dargah during the Urs, prayers and hymns were sung in praise of Allah. As the saint used to serve food to the needy as his contribution to the society, devotees especially those living near to the shrine cook vegetables, eggs, sweets and other dishes on the day of Urs and invite their relatives for a feast. This feasting atmosphere can also be witnessed outside the shrine, where a number of people could be seen selling various eatables. The Dargah of Sheikh Dawood Sahib holds great significance as it welcomes people of all faiths to seek oneness with God and has been acting as a symbol of communal harmony for ages.
Situated in the Faridabad district of Haryana, the symbolic shrine of Chote Bade Sarkar has been serving as a cynosure of communal harmony for generations. People of all caste and communities visit the shrine to pay their obeisance to both the Sufi saints, Bade Sarkar and Chote Sarkar and seek their blessings. The shrine is believed to have healing powers and therefore a number of people suffering from different medical problems can be seen visiting the shrine. Even though the actual shrine of Bade Sarkar and Chote Sarkar is located in the Badaun district of northern Uttar Pradesh state, the symbolic shrine of the saints in Faridabad is also no less popular. Built around hundred years ago, the shrine is even visited by people from faraway places irrespective of faith. Even the caretaker of the shrine is a Hindu man whose family has been taking care of it for generations. Bade Sarkar was born in Bukhara in 1188 and left the material world in Badaun in 1230. Like many other Sufi saints before him, he too traced his lineage from the family of Hazrat Muhammad. Chote Sarkar, on the other hand, was his most famous disciple and spiritual successor. Both the brothers throughout their life propagated the message of peace and brotherhood and are thus revered by all communities till date.
The annual Urs Mubarak of famous Sufi saint Hazrat Sheikh Dawood Sahib (RA) popularly known as Batmol Sahib (RA) observed with zeal in Srinagar. Devotees thronged the shrine wearing mask to offer prayers. The devotees including women, men, children, and old were seen paying obeisance and offering special prayers at the shrine. Forming an integral part of Indian ethos for the last several centuries, even today the Sufi traditions play an important role in the lives of the people and connote them with an understanding of the world in all its spiritual dimensions. "Not just Batmol areas, but people from different dimensions come here to attend this celebration. You must have seen that there are Sikhs community as well as pandits to offer prayers," said Firdous Masood, Member of Urs Committee.
The socio-cultural and developmental non government organisation, Jammu and Kashmir Youth Development Forum (JKYDF), held a day-long conference on Sufism titled "Role of Sufism for Peace, Brotherhood and Tolerance" in Baramulla on April 08. The aim of this conference was to inculcate a sense of respect and responsibility of humans towards each other and the philosophy of sufism which teaches peace and universal brotherhood. On the occasion, the patron of JKYDF, Farooq Ganderbali along with other dignitaries spoke over the topic and threw detailed light on the role of Sufis who arrived in Kashmir from time to time. JKYDF is working hard to spread the message of peace and tranquility based on the Sufism across Jammu and Kashmir and programmes like seminars, debates and Conferences are being held by the organisation across all districts. On the occasion Dr Shabir Ahmad , Master Ghulam Rasool Wani , poet Sagir Gull , Writer and poet Alam Ahsan , journalist Ajaz Kawoosi , Islamic Scholar Mohammad Amin , Dr Fayaz Shaheryar Majid and Aasif Abdullah were also present in the occasion.
People from far-flung border areas of Qila Dharhal Block of Rajouri are getting jobs under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Act (MGNREGA) scheme. Several people are engaged in construction work of roads, footpaths, water canals. Parmjeet Singh (Panch) said, "Ongoing works has brought a big change in development. There are many schemes by the government going on here. People are very happy in the border areas, who are going on work and works related to road connectivity, footpaths, land-levelling and water canals." Sarpanch Qila Dharhal Kuldeep Singh said, "I am thankful to the government for the schemes under which I am now able to live in my own Pakka Makkan. I had to face trouble in rainy days but it got sorted now." Pritam Singh, Resident said, "It's a great initiative from the government and we are very happy."
The shrine of Sufi saint Jaan Mohammad Sahib located in Jammu - Kashmir Rajouri town is an abode of peace and tranquillity. Every year thousands of people irrespective of their caste and community throng the shrine to commemorate the death anniversary or Urs of the Sufi saint, who throughout his life spread the message of oneness and brotherhood. As a part of the celebrations, Sufi scholars and Imams sermoned the public about the life, religious services, teachings and spiritual strength of the saint who devoted himself to the welfare of people. Community Kitchen or Langar was also set up to serve a meal to the devotees irrespective of their caste or community. Forming an integral part of Indian ethos for the last several centuries, even today the Sufi traditions play an important role in the lives of the people and connote them with an understanding of the world in all its spiritual dimensions.
The snow clearance operation is underway on Mughal Road in JandK's Rajouri district. Heavy machinery such as JCB is being used by the local authorities to clear snow in the region. The Mughal Road connects south Kashmir's Shopian district to Rajouri and Poonch districts.
Snow clearing operation is underway at Mughal Road in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district. The roads here have been covered with a thick layer of snow and the clearing operations are in process of using heavy machinery. High-altitude road connects south Kashmir's Shopian district to Rajouri and Poonch districts.
Residents of far-flung hilly areas in the UT of J and K have expressed satisfaction over developmental works done by the government over the last few years and also hailed Centre's welfare schemes. Different schemes like access to road, electricity, rations, door step service and jobs to the poor have been well received by the people. Haji Mohd Iqbal, a resident of Rajouri district said, "Earlier I used to be very poor but now I have a house and I am comfortably living with my family because of the government schemes." "This is a very far-flung area and does not come in light of anyone. Earlier roads were in poor condition but now they are much better. Many prominent people came and go for asking votes by making false promises. But I am thankful to the Government of India," Asrif mehmood, another resident said. Rozy Zaffer, Block Development Council Chairperson of Thana Mandi said, "Our block is a far-flung and cold area and poor people here lives in Kutcha houses but because of government schemes, 80% houses have been constructed and also we are taking the issue and doing a survey on the people who are not on the list and why they are not here."
A man died after a grinder installed in an under-construction bridge collapsed in Delhi. Mishap occurred after the cement-cum-iron girder fell on four trucks parked near it. Police said grinder installed between two pillars of the bridge collapsed on Monday. The incident took place in west Delhi's Punjabi Bagh area on Monday night. Police said the victim, identified as Ram Bahadur, was sleeping in one of the trucks. Police added that 50-year-old Bahadur was crushed to death in the mishap. “We received a call at around 8:30 am today regarding the accident. A grinder installed in an under-construction bridge fell on trucks. Ram Bahadur, a native of UP's Fatehpur, was crushed to death in mishap. Bahadur used to work as a watchman guarding parked trucks at night,” police said.
Credit: HT Digital Content Duration: 03:12Published
Indian Army organised felicitation ceremony for maintaining communal harmony at Sune Gali Border, Poonch by donating Rs 1 lakh for the maintenance of historical Peer Baba Dargah. It is believed that Sune Gali Peer Baba, a mystic, used to wander in this border area in the year 1920-1925. People from all faiths used to come here from all parts of J-K. Mohd Sultan, a Mufti said, "It's a very good environment here. The people who used to come here from different places mostly women have been provided facilities of staying here. I am grateful to the Indian Army who donated Rs 1 lakh."Abdul Hafeez, Sarpanch said, "I am thankful to Indian Army for cooperation and support who had maintained the Peer Baba Dargah." Mohd Shreef, Imaam said, "I am grateful to Indian Army for providing bathroom and water facilities earlier and now the facilities here at Peer Baba Dargah."
Hidden behind the shops of Adhchini market in the bustling National Capital, New Delhi lays an 800-year-old Dargah of Mai Sahiba. She was the mother of 14th century Sufi Saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya..