Three-day Data Sahib urs begins from 19th

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LAHORE: Three-day urs of renowned Sufi spiritualist Hazrat Syed Ali bin Usman Hajweri (RA), known as Data Gunj Bakhsh, will start from March 19.

Governor Lt Gen (r) Khalid Maqbool will formally open the urs and the Lahore city district government (CDGL) is likely to announce a local holiday on March 20 in connection with the urs, said Muhammad Nasim Abbasi, public relations officer at the Auqaf Department. As informal urs ceremonies began on Tuesday, Punjab Aquaf and Religious Affairs Secretary Syed Rais Abass Zaidi opened a speech and holy Quran recitation competition among seminary students at the Data Darbar Complex.

According to the urs schedule given by the Data Darbar administration, a seminar titled “Syed Hajwair Tasawuf” will be held on March 16. A press briefing about official urs arrangements will be held at the Library Markaz-e-Maarif-e-Aulia the same day.

A poetry competition will be held at Data Sahib after Isha prayers on March 17. The governor will inaugurate a milk sabeel on March 19. The Punjab government will allocate Rs 2.5 million to facilitate pilgrims on the occasion. Mehfil-e-Sama (quwwali competition) will open at Darbar Samah Hall on March 20. Police have finalised security arrangements for the urs. Five closed-circuit cameras have been installed at various points at the shrine, while a number of personnel from law enforcement agencies will be deployed to maintain law and order.

For the first time, people will have an official system at the shrine to announce names of the missing. A monitoring system will be in place to monitor areas surrounding the shrine. According to a senior official from the administration committee, 250 large cauldrons of rice and 200,000 breads will be distributed among the pilgrims every day and around 50,000 people from across the province will supply thousands of tonnes of milk for the pilgrims free of cost. A separate food distribution point will distribute food among the pilgrims. The administration committee members said that a number of volunteers had been engaged to make arrangements for the urs.

Great spiritualist Hazrat Data Sahib (RA) was born in the Ghazni area of Afghanistan in the Islamic year 400 AH, over a thousand years ago. He completed his early education at his hometown and later contacted great spiritualists of his time for further education.

Blessed with an impressive sacred standing, Data Sahib (RA) came to Lahore when Sultan Mehmood Ghaznavi was ruling the entire area, and made Lahore his permanent abode. He preached Islam in this area with his consecrated writings. His book Kashful Majoub is one of his best writings.

Source: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=20063\15\story_15-3-2006_pg7_28

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