ISLAMABAD: The annual Urs of Hazrat Amir Khusro (RA) is being held from October 17-23, 2008 at Delhi, India. The interested Zaireen may address the applications to Section Officer (Ziarat), Ministry of Religious Affairs, Zakat & Ushr, Islamabad on the Newly computerized Application Forms along with a bank draft /Postal Order of Rs.100/- (non-refundable), not later than June 30, 2008. Ballot, if required, will be held on 31st July, 2008, in Ministry of Religious Affairs, Zakat & Ushr Islamabad. The Forms can be obtained free of cost from office of the Director Hajj in Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta and Ministry of Religious Affairs Islamabad.
Other details and instructions regarding the Urs are available on the Application Form and on the official website www.mora.gog.pk as well. Applications on old forms will not be entertained. Amir Khusrau Dehlavi (1253-1325 AD), a prolific classical poet associated with royal courts of more than seven rulers of Delhi Sultanate, is also a household name in much of North India and Pakistan, through hundreds of playful riddles, songs and legends attributed to him. Through his enormous literary output and the legendary folk personality, Khusrau represents one of the first (recorded) Indian personages with a true multi-cultural or pluralistic identity.