Srinagar: Khoji Digar, the 400-year-old tradition at the revered shrine of Hazrat Khawaja Syed Baha-ud-Din Naqshband (RA) in Old City area of Srinagar was observed on Wednesday.
A large number of devotees thronged the revered shrine where they offered Asr (Digar) prayers.
The special prayers at the revered shrine are held annually on 3rd Rabi-Ul-Awal, the 3rd month in Islamic lunar calendar, at Asar Salah.
However, unlike previous years, the head cleric of Jamia Masjid Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who continues to remain under house detention, could not address the gathering during the special prayers. Instead, Molana Syed Toib Hussain Shah Kamli addressed the gathering today.
It is worth mentioning that over the past 100 years, Mirwaizeen have been addressing the annual gathering at the shrine.
Witnesses said that devotees in large number attended the special prayers today.
They said that not only the shrine premises but the roads outside the shrine also were flooded with devotees.
Special prayers were also held to seek the 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 Khwaja Naqshband was born in 718 AH at Qasr-i-Arifan, a village in Bukhara. A shrine is dedicated to him at Khwaja Bazar in Downtown, where one of the great saints of Naqshbandi order, Hazrat Moinuddin Naqshband, is laid to rest along with his wife and two sons. KNO