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SRINAGAR: While laying the foundation stone of Masjid-e-Abu Bakr (RA) at Nawa Kadal Srinagar, the president of Mudahida Majlis Ulama and APHC Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq defining the essence and necessity of a mosque in Islam as a sacred place for worshiping Almighty Allah also has an important role in highlighting and addressing issues faced by the society.

Mirwaiz said that constructing a mosque is an easy task but following its spirit i.e. in spreading a culture of good deeds and worship of Almighty is need of the hour. He said knowing the centrality of mosques, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) first of all constructed Masjid-e-Quba soon after he migrated from Makkah to Madina.

He said, Mosques being a place of worship they should also be centres of purification of soul and to address religious, social and political issues.  Mirwaiz stressed the younger generation to contribute in keeping the essence of Masjids alive in letter and spirit, by being associated with them on daily basis. Pertinently, on the occasion of laying foundation stone of mosque, a large number of youth and locals were also present.

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SRINAGAR:  The annual Urs of Hazrat Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani (RA), popularly known as Dastageer Sahib was today observed across Kashmir with special prayers being organised at Khanyar, Saraibala and Rah-Bab Sahib shrines in the city. Scores of devotees including women and children thronged the shrines to participate in the specially organised prayers, salutations and supplications. On the occasion, religious scholars threw light on the teachings of Hazrat Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani (RA). Religious scholars stressed people to adopt the teachings of Dastageer Sahib in their lives.

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SRINAGAR: The 878th  urs  of  Hazrat Syed  ABU Muhammad  ‘Abd al- Qadir ibn Saalih ‘ Abdullah ibn Jangi  Dost al-Jeeli  al -Hambli(RA)  also known as Hazrat Gous ul  Azam  Dastgeer  sahab (RA)  will be celebrated  on  19th  of December on Wednesday. The yearly anniversary of the  Dastgeer sahib(RA) is celebrated on the  11th  day of the Rabi-us- Saani , fourth month of the Islamic  or Hijri calendar. The largest urs gathering  will be held at the Dastgeer shrine at khanyar  and Amira  Kadal in Srinagar. Also known as the Gous ul Azam dastgeer sahib  among the people of kashmir . He was born in the month of the Ramadhan in 470 AH  in the Persian provision  of Jilan  (Iraq).  He was blessed with the direct lineage to Prophet  Mohammad ( S.A.W) through his father Sheikh Abu  Saleh  Moosa (RA) who was a direct   descendant  of  imam Hasan (RA).He is also titled as the ‘ Al –Hassani   wal   Hussaini ,  as his mother  Sayyida   Bibi  Ummul  khair  Fatima (ra)  also has the lineage to prophet  Mohmmad (S.A.W)  as she was descendent of Imam  Hussein( RA).

The prediction of the birth of Gous ul Azam( RA )was given  by the previous renowed scholars of islam like Sayyiduna  Junaid Baghdadi (R A), Imam Hasan Askari (RA) ,Sheikh Khaleel  Balkhi (RA)………In the book Azkaarul Abrar  it is  noted  that sheikh Khleel Balkhi  was seated with his deciples ,he said ‘’   A pure  servant of Allah will become apparent in Iraq  towards the end of the fifth .The world will gain brightness from his presence. He will be Gous of his time. The creation of Allah will be obedient to him and he will be leader of the Awliya Allah.

From the childhood he spent his time in remembrance of Allah. When Sheikh Abdul  Qadir was four year old  ,his mother enrolled him in a local Madrassa in  jilan .  Until age of ten he studied there and various amazing incident occurred during that period, he used to see bright figures walking in front of him saying ‘’give way to friend of Allah ‘’. After completion of education at the mdra the great saint travelled to the Baghdad for further the education during the Abbasid Caliphate in 488 AH. In baghad he took  admission in the  Madrassa  Nizamiya , which was  most prestigious  and world-renowed  educational institute of  its time ,where he reached an outstanding  in the field  of  Fiqah ,Tafseer, Sunnah , Hadith and  Arab Literature.He studied the  Hambli Fiqah in particular under prominent Hanabli  scholar  Hazrat Abu Sayyid  al –mukarmmi  , Tafsir  ,Sunnah,  and Hadith by Hazrat  Abu Ghalib  and  Abu Qasim Ali    and  also  studied the Arab lliterature under  Hazrat  Zakariya  yahya Tabrazi.

After completion of his academics studies ,Sheikh  Abdul Qadir (RA) gained the deep  spiritual knowledge from    Sheikh Hammad (ra) who wa originally from  Syria  and had travelled to Baghdad and lived in a place  called  Muzzafariyyab until his demise in 525 AH . Apart from him, Gaus ul Azam also gained spiritual education from Sheikh Abu Saeed AL –Mukarmi (RA). By the year 496 AH  ,  he had completed his acedamic and spiritual studies  , and he underwent aa period of deep reflection  and seclusion during which he distanced himself from all worldly affairs.

 When Sheikh Abul Qaadir (ra) was suffering from illness just before his demise his son Abdul Wahab asked him’’ Give me a parting admonition on which I should act after you have left this world ‘’ the Gous ul Azam replied. ’Fear Allah, fear none but Allah .always turn towards him .Ask all wishes from Allah . do not turn to anyone bsides Allah .Do not have  faith  in any but  in Allah ,remain  firm on Tawheed  .There is no salvation without  Tawheed . When the heart become linked with Allah then nothing else seems to look good to him .I have reached the level of true love .it is domain where worldly love has no place’. After a brief illness sheikh Abdul qadir jilani (ra) passed way in 561 AH, at the age 91 .The date was 11th f  Rabi al Thani  and people around the world celebrate the day.