No Shab-e-Baraat congregations this year

In view of COVID-19 outbreak, Jammu and Kashmir Grand Mufti Nisar-ul-Islam Tuesday urged Muslims in J&K not to observe congregation prayers on Shab-e-Baraat. However, he said that “repentance prayers” be held individually in the evening.

On Shab-e-Baraat – the night of fortune and forgiveness— Muslims gather at mosques and shrines to offer night-long prayers and seek forgiveness from Allah.

The holy night is observed by Muslim Ummah during intervening night of 14 and 15 Sha’ban – the 8th month of Islamic calendar.

“We are facing health crises. The challenge is to stop the community transmission of virus. In these times, we must follow health advisories and other precautionary measures,” the Grand Mufti said.

Talking to Greater Kashmir, he said that in view of the COVID-19 outbreak, Muslims should offer prayers at home.

He urged the Muslims to offer “repentance prayers” after Magrib (evening prayers) on Wednesday (April 8), the day Shab-e-Baraat falls this year.

The Grand Mufti said that Shab-e-Baraat was the opportune time to seek forgiveness from Almighty Allah and people should pray at home during the night and beg to Allah for stopping this pandemic and saving human beings.

He urged people to stay home and stay safe.  However, he suggested that local imams can individually make special dua (supplications) after Magrib prayers for eradication of pandemic in local mosques using public announcement system and the “people at their homes shall recite Quran and say Aamin on the Dua of the imams.”

He said that on this occasion most of people also prefer to visit graveyards to pray for eternal peace to departed soul.  “This year, people should do it from their home,” he added.

Earlier, the Grand Mufti had announced suspension of all congregational prayers in mosques and shrines and urged people to offer prayers at home in view of COVID-19 threat. The decision was largely followed by people.