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.
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."
Jammu and Kashmir police personnel are being trained by the Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) in Samba district. The trainees are practicing ascending and descending the Rocky Mountains and carrying victims,..
The shrine of Sufi saint Dil Mohammad Sahib located in the Fatehpur village of Rajouri district is an abode of peace and tranquillity. People cutting across all religious lines gathered at the shrine..