Mubashir Aalam Wani
Srinagar, Oct 21: ‘Khoje-e-Digar’, the 400 year-old tradition at Khanqah-i-Naqshbandiya was on Wednesday observed at the revered shrine of Hazrat Khawaja Syed Bha-ud-Din Naqashband (RA) in Old city area of Srinagar.
A large number of devotees thronged the revered shrine today where they offered Asr (Digar) prayers. The special prayers at the revered shrine is being held annually on 3rd Rabi-Ul-Awal of the Islamic Calendar at Asar Salah.
Maulana Syed Toib Hussain Shah Kamli addressed the gathering today.
The devotees in large number attended the special prayers today.
Not only in the shrine premises but the roads outside the shrine also remained flooded with the devotees.
Special prayers were also held to seek mercy of Allah from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Soon after the congregational Asr prayers culminated, the Imam recited Awraad-e-Asriya, (a booklet comprising verses of repentance and faith), the great sufi saint used to recite along with his hundreds’ of disciples 700 years ago at Bukhara in Uzbekistan.
Hazrat Khawja Naqshband (RA) was born in 718 AH at Qasr-i-Arifan, a village in Bukhara. A shrine is dedicated to him at Khawaja Bazar in Downtown, where one of the great saints of Naqshbandi order, Hazrat Moinudin Naqshband (RA) is laid to rest along with his wife and two sons. (KNO)