Nocturnal blaze partially damages Khanqah-e-Moula shrine

Nocturnal blaze partially damages Khanqah-e-Moula shrine
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Srinagar, Nov 15: A nocturnal blaze damaged one of Kashmir’s holiest Muslim shrines, the “Khanqah-e-Moula”, in old Srinagar city.
Fire tenders were rushed to the spot soon after receiving news about the fire during the night and doused the flames before the blaze could cause any major damage to the shrine, said police.
A police official said that they have been investigating the matter. “All efforts are on to know the cause of fire,” he said.
Thousands of devotees rushed there on Wednesday morning to assess the damage caused due to fire. Emotional scenes were witnessed while some women were seen wailing and crying.
Built in memory of renowned Muslim saint, scholar and preacher Mir Syed Ali Hamadani, the shrine mosque is highly revered as it stands out in reverence to the saint whose teachings helped spread Islam in the valley.
Kashmiris reverently call Mir Syed Ali Hamadani “Amir-e-Kabeer” (Great Commander) and “Shah-e-Hamadan” (King of Hamadan).
He was born in Hamadan, Persia, in 1314 and breathed his last in 1384.
Meanwhile, State Congress president Ghulam Ahmed Mir while expressing serious anguish over the damages caused to most revered shrine has demanded a probe.
“Although the incident has occurred due to lightening, but the authorities must conduct an enquiry to ascertain the other aspects of the incident,” Mir said. (CNS)