Meraj-ul-Alam was celebrated in Kashmir with religious fervour on Tuesday, with thousands of devotees thronging shrines and Masjids across the Valley for special prayers. The biggest congregation was held at Dargah Hazratbal here where thousands of devotees—men, women and children—converged to have a glimpse of the holy relic of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) after five-time prayers.
Night-long prayers were held at Aasar-e-Sharief Lal Bazar, Jenab Saheb Soura, Kalashpora, Syed Sahib Sonawar, Shopian, Makhama Beerwah and other places.
Authorities had kept adequate number of State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) buses to ferry the devotees to Hazratbal, even as areas around the shrine wore a festive look with many roadside vendors doing brisk business.
The Health department and some other departments as well as Non-Governmental Organizations had set up stalls for the devotees. Volunteers were seen helping the devotees throughout the day.
Congratulating Muslims across the world in general and Muslims of Kashmir in particular, Kashmir's chief cleric Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, while throwing light on Meraj-ul-Alam said during this night 1440 years ago, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) took the journey from Masjid Harm to Masjid Aqsa and from there to Maqam-e-Qabakousen. He said this journey is also referred as Isra or Mehraj.
He said this event led to quest for knowledge and research in the world which gave the mankind courage to reach to the stars, moon and outer space. He said for the thinking minds and alert brains, there are so many messages hidden in this occasion. Mirwaiz said that Mehraj is a practical miracle of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) which would be remembered till the Day of Judgment. (With inputs from CNS)