Guv, CM, Mufti, others greet people on the occasion
Muslims of Kashmir will bid farewell to the ongoing month of Ramadan on the eve of Jumat-ul-Vida (last Friday of Ramadan) on July 25 with the night long prayers of Shab-e-Qadr to follow for the night.
Huge congregation of devotees will be witnessed at Hazratbal shrine and historic Jamia Masjid here.
The state authorities claimed that they have put all necessary arrangements in place to ensure every facility to the devotees. Proper sanitation care in the city is also being looked into with the state transport services directed to ply on almost all routes to ferry devotees from the major mosques of the city.
The largest gathering of the day will be held at Hazratbal shrine where the faithful will congregate in large numbers from early morning. Another large congregation is expected at the Jamia Masjid here.
A large number of people will also offer prayers at Dastgeer Saheb Khanyar, Maqdhoom Saheb, Asar-e-Sharief Kailashpora, Jenab Saheb Soura and Dastgeer Saheb Sarai Payeen.
Reports from other districts said that arrangements have been made for a large number of people to offer prayers at all the major towns.
Major congregations will converge at Handwara, Pulwama, Baramulla, Sopore, Chrar-e-Shrief, Asar Sharief Pinjora, Khiram Sirhama, Tral, Ashmuqam, Baba Reshi and Islamabad among other places.
The SRTC has been directed to have buses into service to cater to the huge rush of devotees. Many private operators and charity organizations have also made arrangements for the devotees. Congregational prayers shall also be held at Jammu and Kargil.
Shab-e-Qadr, also known as Laylat-ul-Qadr will be observed all over Kashmir on Friday night with great religious zeal and sanctity. People will offer night long prayers and recite holy Qur’an in Masjids and shrines all across Kashmir.
Nightlong prayers shall also be held in almost all the mosques and shrines in the Valley.
Meanwhile, Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah have greeted the people of the State on the occasion of Jumat-ul-Vida and prayed for the peace and prosperity in the State.
Vohra in his message expressed hope that this auspicious occasion would be a harbinger of communal harmony, peace, progress and prosperity in the State.
In his message, Omar Abdullah has highlighted the significance of the day for Muslims observing fast and controlling human instincts to please Allah and seek his forgiveness and blessings.
The Council of Ministers also have greeted the people on the occasion of Jumat-ul-Vida and expressed the hope that the occasion would bring harmony, peace and tranquillity in the state.
Legislative Council chairman, Amrit Malhotra and Legislative Assembly speaker, Mubarak Gul also have felicitated the people on the occasion of Jumat-ul-Vida.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and party president, Mehbooba Mufti also greeted people on the occasions of Jumat-ul-Vida and Shab-e-Qadr.
In their felicitation message, the leaders hoped that the auspicious occasions would bring about a new change in the overall situation of the state.