Bilal Ahmad

Annual Urs of Sufi saint Rahim Sahab Sopori held with enthusiasm

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Sopore: After many decades the annual Urs of Hazrat Rahim Sahab Sopori was observed at his shrine in Mohallah Teliyan Arampora area of Sopore in Baramulla district on Thursday.

The three-day Urs was observed with much enthusiasm and religious fervour. Thousands of people participated in the Urs for which the administration has made elaborated arrangements.

The areas enroute to the shrine was decorated besides the administration has made arrangements for various stalls and cultural events during the Urs days.

During the concluding day, number of poets sung Rahim Sahab’s poetry which was enjoyed by the audience including women devotees.

Rahim Sahab’s day was also observed by Kashmir Gulokaar society, Hayatun Nabi (SW) Sufiya movement Kashmir, G.G productions, Intizamia committee of Rahim Sahib Shrine in collaboration with J&K culture academy of art and languages, Young Sufi Gulokaar association kashmir with support of district administration Baramulla and district police Sopore. The event was held Thursday at Dak Banglow Sopore where various cultural events were organised by different artists coming from across the Valley.

Abdul Rahim Shah popularly known as Rahim Sahab Sopori was born in 1775 At Mohallah Teliyan also known as (Rahim Sahib Mohallah) here in Sopore town was a traditional mystic poet of Kashmir who epitomised the cultural creation in a significant manner.

His contribution to Kashmiri sufi poetry cannot be ignored. Like other sufi poets of Kashmir, Rahim Sahab Sopori too was the embodiment of Kashmiri language and literature who too preferred to use his own Kashmiri dialect for conveying his message and thoughts, and connected people with their language and culture.

Rahim Sahab Sopori was an outstanding Sufi poet who had absolute grip on language. He specified his thoughts, knowledge and experience in his poetry. Rahim Sahab wrote his poetry in Persian as well. This mystic poet wrote thousands of Sufi poems in which he reflected on various social issues, brotherhood, harmony, sickness, sin, and the love of God.

His poetry often deals with the true abstract qualities such as beauty and truth, and then relates how these qualities (as aspects of God) relate to the world around him.

Rahim Sahab Sopori left for heavenly abode in 1850 and was buried at Batpora Sopore. His shrine is thronged by the devotees round the year.

Bilal Ahmad

Bilal Ahmad is a reporter and covers city beat and sports, can be contacted [email protected].

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