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Shab-e-Barat observed with religious fervour

Shab-e-Barat observed with religious fervour

KARACHI: The faithful observed Shab-e-Barat, the night of reverence, across the country with great religious zeal.

With the setting of sun the faithful started gathering at mosques to offer special prayers for peace, progress and prosperity of the country, besides seeking forgiveness for their sins. The faithful also organized several gatherings and Mahafil-e-Naat to achieve Allah Almighty's blessing in the world and the life hereafter.

They bowed before the Creator and prayed for getting rid of the menace of terrorism besides showing right path to disgruntled people, playing in the hands of anti-state elements.

Ulema and religious scholars in their sermons highlighted the teachings of Islam and various aspects of the life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) so that the followers could lead their lives in line with the Holy Quran and Sunnah.

The houses, streets and especially mosques were decorated with colorful pennants and buntings whereas at night these were well illuminated by means of electric lights, candles or even oil lamps.

Besides, people visited graves of their near and dear ones, seeking Allah Almighty's blessings for the departed souls.

Special security arrangements were made for peaceful observance of the Shab-e-Barat.

The significant distinction of this night, according to Islamic belief, is that it falls on 15th Sha'aban in which all births and deaths on universe for the forthcoming year are written on the 'Loh-e-Mehfooz.'

According to religious scholars, there are some nights in Islam, which are significant and 'Lailatul Barat' is one of these. Though, in the Islamic perspective every night and day has its own importance but some nights have supplementary importance like Shab-e-Barat, Lailatul Qadar, Shab-e-Miraj, Ashura and the two nights of Eids have extraordinary significance.

On the Shab-e-Barat, Allah Almighty showers infinite mercy and blessing upon human beings.

According to Hazrat Ayesha Siddiqa (RA), 'Allah Almighty opens the doors of mercy and grace for the mankind, the door remains open throughout the night till the Fajr prayers in which He exonerates those seeking forgiveness.' (APP)

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