MUSLIMS in the City observed Shab-e-Barat, the 15th of Shaaban, also known as the night of divine blessings and benevolence, on Thursday night with religious zeal and solemnity.
A large numbers of Muslims visited mosques to offer special prayers, nawafil and Shabina to seek blessings of Allah and forgiveness for their sins. Besides, they visited graveyards in large numbers to pray for the departed souls of their near and dear ones. They lighted candles and incense sticks on the graves and sought Allah’s blessings for the departed souls.
According to some traditions the night is also called as Shab-e-Qadr wherein mass judgments regarding lives, deaths, bestowments and blessings for the next year are made in the heaven. Besides, judgments for awarding blessings and Rizq to the believers are also made and prayers are answered.
The mosques were specially decorated with lightings and buntings to celebrate the occasion and facilitate the worshippers. The number of police was increased in and outside the mosques as a part of security measures. People prepared special sweet dishes like Halwa, Zarda, etc. and distributed among the relatives and neighbours apart from the poor and destitute. In addition to that, food was also distributed among the orphans and the poor at special langars in mosques by the philanthropists.