Deedar in Yasin and Aliabad: His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan asks followers to maintain interfaith harmony | Dawn, Pakistan

People walk through the special gate of Didargah in Aliabad, Hunza, on Sunday. — Dawn
People walk through the special gate of Didargah in Aliabad, Hunza, on Sunday. — Dawn

Jamil Nagri – December 11, 2017 – GILGIT: Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili community, reached Gilgit-Baltistan on Sunday, where he addressed huge congregations of followers in Yasin valley of Ghizer district and Hunza Aliabad.

Floral gates had been erected to the Didargahs (the glimpsing places), which were well-carpeted.

About 100,000 followers were estimated to be in attendance in the Yasin valley congregation.

After performing the ritual of Didar in Yasin valley, Aga Khan arrived in Hunza Alibad at noon for performance of second Didar, where he delivered the sermon to a large congregation.

Ismaili Jamat walking to deedar in Yasin Valley
Ismaili Jamat walking to deedar in Yasin Valley. “Mawlana Hazar Imam was so Happy he stood up 3 times and blessed the Jamat with so much prayers.” Photo/caption @hassansabayasi2

[…] During his sermons, Aga Khan, also known as Shah Karim al-Hussani, suggested his followers to remain loyal to Pakistan and play their role for religious harmony.

He said morality, education and peace were tools for success. He assured to play his role for development of remote areas of the country. “Agha Khan Development Network will continue its services for betterment of people in the region,” he said.

[…] Rustam Ali, a resident of Yasin valley, declared Sunday the happiest day of his life when he had an opportunity to have Didar of his spiritual leader Aga Khan, the 49th imam of Ismaili Muslims, in his native village.

Ismaili Jamat walking to deedar in Yasin Valley. “Hazar Imam arrived earlier than the scheduled time. Spirituality was at its peak even the Army security on duty were not able to raise their heads. The theme of farman were ethics of Islam, brotherhood and good relations with other communities, importance of ECD, and avoidance of drugs.” Photo/caption @hassansabayasi2

“It is our obligation to host all relatives and friends who come for Didar of our spiritual leader in our area,” he said. He said the local people had not only vacated their homes for outsiders but also set up tent villages to accommodate the guests.

Welcome camps had also been established at various places across Gilgit-Baltistan and banners displayed along the roads on arrival of the prince.



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