Kashmir observes Jumat-ul-Vida

Largest Congregation At Jamia Masjid; Thousands Throng Hazratbal Shrine


Srinagar, Aug 2: Thousands of people offered congregational Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid Srinagar, Hazratbal shrine and other Masjids and Khanqahs here to mark Jumat-ul-Vida, the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadhan.
The day was also observed as ‘Youm-e-Qudus’ and ‘Youm-e-Kashmir’ to express solidarity with the people of Palestine and press for Kashmir resolution on the call of Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, heads of their factions of Hurriyat Conference.
Though the state government had claimed having made all necessary arrangements, but there were no medical facilities available for devotees.
The largest congregation took place at historic Jamia Masjid in old city Srinagar where around two lakh people offered prayers, with second largest gathering recorded at Hazratbal Shrine. At Jamia Masjid Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressed the people.
“While the Jamia Masjid and its premises were packed to full capacity, thousands of people offered the congregational prayers on the roads outside the Masjid, stretching from Khwajabazar to Hawal Chowk,” said eyewitnesses.
A rough estimate put the number of those who assembled at Hazratbal Shrine between one lakh to one lakh fifty thousand.
Devotees from across Kashmir had gathered here including women, children and elderly citizens.
“I visit Hazratbal on all special occasions. But it is bad to see today that no first aid medical center has been set up here. It is first time that I felt absence of medical camp here,” said Abdur Rehman, a devotee from Pulwama.
Massive traffic jams were witnessed after the prayers.
Some parents at Dargah Hazratbal lost track of their children for a while but policemen on duty acted promptly to make announcements on loudspeakers to find the lost children.
Traffic police had made special arrangements for the smooth conduct of the prayers. While traffic from Soura and Lal Bazar was diverted to the interiors of the old city, vehicles coming from Lal Chowk towards the historic mosque or destinations towards Soura or Lal Bazar were diverted near Khwajabazar.
Large congregations were also witnessed at Saeed Sahab (RA) Sonawar, Aasar-e-Sharief Soura and other Masjids in Srinagar.
Mammoth congregations were also held in district Jamia mosques across Kashmir where Imams delivered special lectures on philosophy of Ramadhan and Jumat-ul-Vida.
Meanwhile, markets were decorated at various places including Hazratbal and Jamia Market Nowhatta. Shopkeepers had announced discounts on various products on the eve of Jamat-ul-Vida, Shab I Qadir and Eid ul Fitr. People were also seen busy in purchasing various Islamic books and caps. Little boys wearing caps and girls wearing Hijab were also seen going to offer prayers while reciting Qur’an along with their elders.
The biggest congregation of Jamiat-e-Ahlehadith was held at Batamaloo here where Abdul Latief Alkindi threw light on the significance of the last Friday of Ramadhan. He also announced the Jamiat program for Eid prayers at Polo Ground here at 8:30 A.M.
Khalid Gul adds from South Kashmir:
In Islamabad (Anantnag) district, biggest Friday congregation prayers were held in Jamia Masjid Hanfia, Jamia Masjid Ahlihadith, Rehat Ded mosque and Bait-ul-Mukaram mosque in Islamabad town as well as in Dargah Khiram, Kaba Marg, Ziyarat I Sharief of Sheikh Zain u Din Wali (RA) Aishmuqam and Seer Hamdan.
In Kulgam, the biggest congregational prayers were held in Ziyarat-e-Sharief Syed Simnania (RA) Qaimoh, Jamia Ahlihadith Khudwani and other mosques. Huge congregational prayers were also held in Khankahi Faizpana Tral, Awantipora, Pampore Jamia Masjid and Tak Masjid in Shopian and Jamia Masjid Pulwama.
AHMAD KASHMIRI adds from Tangmarg:
To mark Youm-e-Qudus, a rally was carried out in Magam township while Mufti Bashir Ud Din addressed a public gathering and led the Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid Tangmarg in north Kashmir.
Hundreds of people took part in Magam rally. Religious scholars and social activists addressed the rally at Eidgah Magam. The speakers condemned the Gool killings, envisaged for unity among Muslims and warned people against the malicious designs of enemies of Islam. The people raised slogans like “Marg Bar America, Marg Bar Israel (Death to America, Death to Israel)” and “Shia Sunni Bhai Bhai (Shias and Sunnis are brothers).”
Mir Muhammad Ibrahim of Idarai Awqaf Islam Magam, Haji Ali Muhammad Mir, acting Secretary of Tanzeem Al Makatib, Moulana Manzoor Ahmad, Shiekh Muhammad Razvi and Moulana Ahmad Abbas were among the prominent speakers.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 2 Aug 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 2 Aug 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 3 Aug 2013 00:00:00 IST

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