Dastgeer Sahib (RA) Urs Celebrated

by Urvat IL Wuska

SRINAGAR: The Urs of Dastgeer Sahib  (RA) was celebrated on Friday with devotion and reverence across the valley while the main functions were held at Khanyar and Saraibala shrines in Srinagar.

Devotees react while praying as a priest (not pictured) displays the relic of Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani at his shrine in Srinagar, November 27, 2020.  KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Thousands of devotees thronged the shrine of Sufi saint Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani (RA) at Khanyar Srinagar to have the glimpse of a relic of the saint.

Devotees raise their hands for prayers as the head priest (not seen) displays the relic of Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani at his shrine. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

However, due to pandemic, no nightlong prayers were observed preceding night. Emotional scenes were witnessed during the display of the relic as devotees were seen in tears, reciting verses from the holy Quran and seeking blessings from Allah.

Head priest displays a relic of Sufi saint Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani at his shrine in Khanyar on Friday, November 27, 2020. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

The devotees including men, women and children visited the shrine throughout the day. However, Friday congregational prayers witnessed the highest attendance while the religious leaders shed light on the life of Dastgeer Sahib  (RA).

Head priest shed light on the life of Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani at his shrine in Srinagar on Friday, November 27, 2020. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Similar function was held at Sarai Bala in which thousands of devotees participated in night-long prayers.

Hundreds of devotees thronged the shrine on Friday to mark the saint’s Urs. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

The Wakf Board and administration had put all arrangements in place for devotees. The public address system was used to remind devotees to wear facemasks and maintain social distancing.

The Urs is being celebrated on 11th day of Rabi ul Sani every year according to the Hijri calendar.

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