Srinagar, Jun 23: Head priest of Dargah Hazratbal shrine, Ghulam Hassan Banday passed away Sunday after a brief illness.
Ghulam Hassan Banday, son of late Nizam-ud-din Banday was one of the custodians of the holy relic of Prophet Muhammad (Sallalahu Alahi Wasalam) at Dargah Hazratbal shrine.
Banday displayed holy relic on many important occasions at the Hazratbal shrine. He was also part of the group involved in the recitation of Khatmatul-Mauzamaat, Awraad-e-Sharief on various important occasions that include Eid-e-Milad-un Nabi (Sallalahu Alahi Wasalam) and annual Urs of four rightly-guided Caliphs of Islam.
His death has been condoled by various religious and social organizations.
Advisor to the Governor and Chairman, J&K Wakf Board, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, has condoled the demise of the Head Priest of Asar-e-Sharief Hazratbal, Ghulam Hassan Banday who passed away today.
In his condolence message, Ganai paid rich tributes to the deceased who displayed the holy relic of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) for many years at the holy Dargah.
The Chairman Wakf Board expressed his heart-felt sympathies with the bereaved family and prayed for jannat-ul-firdous to the department soul.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah and vice president Omar Abdullah on Sunday expressed profound grief over the demise of Mutwali of Asar-e-Sharief Dargah Hazratbal and custodian of Holy Relic of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) Haji Ghulam Hassan Banday.
The duo in their message said that the deceased was a pious person and that his earnest services to the shrine will be remembered for all the times to come. The duo prayed for peace to the soul of the deceased and strength to the grief-stricken family to bear the inconsolable loss. Among others party general secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar, additional general secretary Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, Nasir Aslam Wani, Mubarak Gul, Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Tanvir Sadiq, Muhammad Syed Akhoon, Salman Ali Sagar, Imran Nabi Dar have also condoled the demise of Ghulam Hassan Banday.