Mirwaiz Kashmir and chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Umar Farooq on Monday said that the Uswa-e-Hasana (the way of living) of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) has been and will continue to be the best path to follow and walk upon, not only for Muslims but the entire mankind.Addressing the massive gathering at the shrine of Khawaja Bahaudin Naqshband (RA) at Khawaja Bazar in downtown on the occasion of “Khoja Diger” celebrated on 3 Rabiul Awal during the annual Urs every year, Mirwaiz paid tributes to the great saint and said that he worked tirelessly for the establishment of Tawheed and implementation of Sunnah among the Muslims of the world.According to a statement issued to GNS, Mirwaiz said the great Sufi saints like Hazrat Khawaja Bahaudin (RA) were the blessed and chosen ones by Almighty Allah to spread the teachings of the revered Prophet Muhammad (SAW) among people who dedicated their life to it.“Their life is a living example of piety and simplicity. They guided humanity and showed them the spiritual path of getting closer to Almighty Allah and helped to kindle compassion and kindness among them. The light of their teachings and exemplary lives penetrated the darkness of ignorance and doubt,” he said.
On the occasion, Mirwaiz led special Touba-e-Istigfaar prayers (repentance prayers) and also offered the Khoje-e-Digar (the congregational Asr prayers), a 400-year-old practice in Kashmir to remember Hazrat Khawaja Naqshband (RA).Recalling the sacrifices of the martyrs of 1931 buried there, Mirwaiz said that the cause for which they laid down their lives is yet to be realised. He said tens of thousands of Kashmiris have laid down their lives since then for the realisation of that cause, the right to decide our destiny.“Kashmiris are going through worst form of subjugation and repression by GoI, forcing our youth to a path of armed resistance while some shameless creatures within us are exploiting the situation to realise their petty personal ambitions,” Mirwaiz said.He reiterated that Kashmiris have rejected any and every form of electoral “dramas” thrust on them to grant legitimacy to “illegal and forcible” control and only demand right to self-determination. (GNS)