Shab-e-Baraat, the night of blessings, observed with religious fervor

Devotees gathered at Masjids and Shrines and offered night-long special prayers to seek forgiveness from Allah during Shab-e-Baraat – the night of fortune and forgiveness.

Masjids and shrines across J&K reverberated with recitation of Quran as Muslim devotees thronged various places of worship to offer nightlong prayers on Saturday. On the occasion, houses and religious places, especially Masjids and shrines were decorated.

On the occasion special functions of Naat and Hamud were arranged by religious organizations and Masjid management committees in different Masjids places. The believers made special prayers for the unity, prosperity and security of entire Muslim Ummah.

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

People also visited graveyards for Fateh-Khani and prayed for eternal peace to departed souls of their near and dear ones.

During the night-long special prayers, religious scholars delivered sermons, highlighting the teachings of Islam and various aspects of life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The largest gathering of devotees was witnessed at Hazratbal Shrine. Thousand of devotees also thronged historic Jamia Masjid in Downtown Srinagar where Mirwaiz Umar Farooq delivered sermon on importance of Shab-e-Baraat.

Soon after the Isha prayers, as per the tradition Mirwaiz shed light on philosophy and importance of the night of blessings of Shab-e-Baraat. He also led touba-e-ishtifaar prayers (special prayers for repentance).

Night long prayers were also offered at Jenab Sahib Soura, Asar Sharief Shahri Kailashpora, Khankah -e-Moulla, Peer Dastageer Sahib, Makhdoom Sahib, Chrar-e-Sharief, Syed Mir Yaqoob Sahib Sonawar, Kabi Marg, Aham Sharief Bandipora, Makhama Beerwah and other shrines across the valley.

The prayers were also offered at Ziarat-e-Sharief Khiram Kabamarg; Kund, Aishmuqam and Bijbehara; in Jamia Masjid Kulgam, Khankah Tral, Jamia Masjid Shopian and Jamia Masjid Pulwama. Thousands of Muslims also offered night long prayers in all other districts of the state.

Earlier during the day Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, extended greetings to people on Shab-e-Baraat and hoped that the auspicious occasion would bring peace and prosperity in the state.

In his message, Ganai, who is also in-charge of the Haj & Auqaf department, described the occasion as an opportunity to seek Allah’s mercy and prayed for peace and well-being of the entire humanity. The advisor directed officers of Auqaf department and J&K Wakaf Board to make all necessary arrangements for convenience of devotees during the holy night of prayers.

In view of observance of Shab-i-Baraat, the divisional commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan directed deputy commissioners to ensure adequate arrangements to ensure that people don’t face any inconvenience. He directed the district administrations to ensure availability of water supply, electricity, essential commodities, healthcare, cleanliness, transportation, parking facility, deployment of fire tenders, healthcare facilities, magistracy and other arrangements. He stressed on concerned departments to work with dedication, synergy and close coordination on this day.

Chaiman PDF Hakeem Yaseen also felicitated people especially Muslim community on the occasion of holly Shab-i-Barat. In his felicitation message, Yaseen said that the auspicious occasion provides an     opportunity to seek forgiveness and blessings of Allah. He prayed that the auspicious occasion may prove harbinger of peace and prosperity for the state.