Thousands of Kashmiris celebrate Prophet (PBUH)’s birth anniversary as “Unity Week”

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Asia
Friday, 01 February 2013

miladTens of thousands of people in Indian controlled Kashmir marked the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him). Seminars and rallies were held across the region with special emphasis on Muslim unity. 

The birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad is one such day on Islamic calendar when the sectarian lines blur, and Muslims across the world, cutting across political, ideological and cultural differences, join the celebrations together. Like in other parts of the world, this day has a special significance for the Muslims here in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Despite the cold weather, thousands of devotees converged at Hazratbal, one of the most revered Muslim shrines in the region. The shrine on the banks of Dal Lake is the epitome of love and respect for the great prophet, and is equally revered by people from different sects and schools of thought.

Following the directive of the father of Islamic revolution, Imam Khomeini, Muslims in Kashmir have been celebrating the birth anniversary of Holy Prophet as the ‘unity week’, to espouse the cause of unity among Muslims.

Each year, a number of seminars, functions, and rallies are lined up for the week, with special emphasis on the need to follow the teachings of Holy Prophet, strengthen unity among Muslims and promote the culture of amity and tolerance.

Both Shia and Sunni scholars urge the Muslims to become the ambassadors of unity, and defeat the nefarious designs of divisive forces.

Bashir-ud-Din Ahmed - Grand Mufti of Kashmir: “Islam is a religion of peace and brotherhood. Our beloved prophet has taught us to live together in peace and harmony. Muslims should unite to tell the world that we are peace loving people. That indeed will be a great tribute to our Prophet.”

Aga Syed Hassan - Shia Religious Leader: “Following the directive of Imam Khomeini, we have been celebrating the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad as unity week by organizing rallies and seminars across Kashmir, which were attended by scholars from different Islamic schools of thought.”

Islamic scholars emphasize that Muslims should make the life of Holy Prophet a beacon for themselves. Like Prophet, Muslims must also come forward in a show of solidarity with the oppressed.

Kashmir was formerly a Hindu majority region, before Islam came to the region in the 14th century after the arrival of famous Sufi saint Syed Sharaf-ud-Din Mosavi of Persia, followed by Syed Ali Hamadani from Hamadan in Iran.

Prophet's Mohammad's birth anniversary is the perfect time for Muslims to come together and send across a strong message to divisive forces that we are not Shias or Sunnis, but Muslims. People here in Kashmir celebrating the unity week believe that is the best tribute to the Holy Prophet.

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