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.
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.
Amid the ongoing holy month of Ramadan, traditional drummers, known as 'Sehar Khans' in Srinagar, have been carrying on with the ritual of waking up people by beating drums for Sehri, the pre-dawn meal before the fasting day. In the era of technology, when many people rely on alarm features on various gadgets, these traditional drum beaters make it a point to continue the legacy. A traditional drum beater in Srinagar, Nazir Ahmad spoke to ANI and said, "These days people rely on alarm features on their mobile phones, but this is our old custom. I wake up at 2.30 am to go around the city beating drums." Usually, Nazir steps out alone when the sky is still dark but is sometimes accompanied by his younger brother. "My father did this drum-beating ritual during Ramadan for over 35 years. After he died, I continued the ritual. It has been 20 years since," he added. Umar Rashid, a local resident in the area said, "Sehar Khan is very important to us. This has continued for 400-500 years. Even in this age of modernisation when people have mobile phones to set alarms and mosques have speakers, the drum beaters have continued the ritual. This is the main point of attraction in the month of Ramadan." With modernisation and constantly changing lifestyles, Rashid has lost hope that this custom will be witnessed by coming generations. "I hope the tradition continues. But looking at the current circumstances and lifestyle, it is difficult to imagine that the tradition will continue," he concluded.
A food delivery startup called Tiffin Aaw in Srinagar has started the campaign 'Food for Kashmir' on social media. They have taken it upon themselves to deliver free meals for Covid positive families, Covid warriors and people in need. The concept was started when the owner Rayees Ahmad got a lot of distress calls from people outside Kashmir, wanting food to be delivered to their Covid-hit parents.
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Terrorists on May 07 hurled a grenade at security forces in Nawa Bazaar area of Old Srinagar city. The grenade missed the intended target and exploded in the market. However, no injuries have been reported so far. More details are awaited.
The epicentre of faiths, the Dargah of Sayyad Nasir Hussain Rahmatullah Alaih situated in the bustling lanes of New Delhi is a melange of diversities. Situated in the Hari Nagar area of the National Capital; the Shrine witnesses the rush of devotees throughout the day. Whether one is Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or from any other community, the aroma of the shrine serenades them into cheerfulness and a belief of fulfilment ensues in them. Qawwalis sung by local artists in the evening makes the whole atmosphere even more spiritual at the Dargah. It calms the senses of the devotees who come from far and wide to pay their obeisance to the saint. Sweet rice is also distributed among devotees as a holy sacrament. It is believed that Saint fulfils the wishes of all and nobody returns empty-handed. The message of peace and brotherhood comes out loud from these Dargahs that have been acting as symbols 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.
The holy month of 'Ramadan' is going on in the country and during this month, people prefer non-alcoholic traditional perfumes, 'attar'. Hence, demand of these perfumes has increased in Srinagar. 'Attar' perfumes is made by natural flowers after processing them for months and are available in various fragrances including 'gulab', 'chameli', 'Nargis', musk, and 'kesar'. The business of 'attar' perfumes also blooms during 'Ramadan' due to increase in demands. 'Ramadan' is a month-long Muslim festival and is celebrated by fasting and devoting to Allah.
On the second day of Ramzan month, people visited Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad on April 15 to offer early morning prayers. People without masks won't be allowed and sanitizers have been placed in the Mosque premises. Speaking to ANI, Haafiz Mohammad Haneef, the Muezzin of Mecca Masjid, said that there are regular announcements through loud speakers for the people coming to the mosque to offer Namaz by following all the instructions of the government and pray to Allah to end this deadly disease soon. "Use of sanitizers and masks is compulsory to enter the mosque and people are instructed to sanitize themselves before entering the mosque and after leaving," he added. Shoaib, a local said, "We are using masks, which is compulsory for us to enter the mosque. The people are using sanitizers and maintaining social distance and also following all COVID norms."