Srinagar:The 652nd Urs of Hazat Mir Syed Ali Hamdani (RA), popularly known as Shah-e-Hamdani and Amir-e-Kabir was Tuesday observed at Khanqah-e-Moula in old Srinagar city with religious fervour and enthusiasm across Kashmir valley.The annual Urs of Shah-e-Hamdan is being observed on 6th Zil-Hijjah of Islamic calendar.Thousands of devotes including men, women, children and old thronged the shrine to participate in the congregational prayers. The devotees also recited Quranic verses followed by ‘Duaiya Majlis’.
A nocturnal Shab was also observed at the shrine in connection with the Urs.Islamic scholars threw light on the life and achievements of Hazrat Mir Syed Ali Hamdani (RA). They expressed hope that the teachings of Shah-e-Hamdan (RA) shall remain alive in all times to come.The Urs was organized by Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Waqaf Board.
The Urs of Shah Hamdhan (RA) was also observed with religious fervor at Khankah Faizpanah Tral, Jinab Sahab Soura, Aasar Sharif Kalashpora, Kabamarg and Khiram Sirhama in Anantnag, Dooru Seer Hamdan, Aham Sharif Bandipora, Budgam, Kupwara and Bandipora.
Syed Ali bin Shahab-ud-Din Hamadani Abidi (1314-1384) also known as “Shah Hamdan” (King of Hamadhan) and as Amir-i-Kabir (the Great Commander) was a Persian Sufi and a prominent Muslim scholar came from Iran. He was very influential in spreading Islam in Kashmir and has had a major hand in shaping the culture of the Kashmir valley.
He also introduced the skills of famed handicraft amongst the people for which Kashmir is famous all over the world.The devotees during the Urs prayed for long-lasting peace in Kashmir and sought peace, blessings and mercy from Almighty.