Shab-e-Baraat to be observed tonight

Shab-e-Baraat, the revered night of fortune will be observed with religious fervor across Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday night.

Thousands of devotees are expected to offer night-long prayers, to seek Allah’s blessings and forgiveness. The holy night is observed by Muslim communities during the intervening night of 14 and 15 Sha’ban— the eight month of Islamic calendar.

The night long prayers are scheduled to be held in masjids and shrines across J&K where religious scholars will deliver sermons highlighting teachings of Islam.  On the occasion, houses and religious places are decorated.

In Kashmir, the night long prayers are scheduled to be offered at Hazratbal shrine where sermons over importance of the holy night, would be delivered at 10:30 pm.

Prayers are also scheduled to be offered at Chrar-e-Sharif, Khankahi Moula and other major shrines across the valley.

“We have made all arrangements at every shrine,” said GR Sufi, Vice Chairman of State Wakf Board.

Large number of people are expected to visit historic Jamia Masjid Srinagar for night long prayers.

Anjuman-e-Auqaaf Jamia Masjid Srinagar has announced that Shab-e-Baraat will be observed with great religious reverence at the historic Jamia Masjid in Downtown on Saturday.

“The congregational Isha prayers will be offered at 9:30 pm and soon after the prayers, as per the tradition Mirwaiz Umar Farooq will shed light on philosophy and importance of the night of blessings ( Shab-e-Baraat),” said spokesperson of the Anjuman-e-Auqaaf.

He added that Mirwaiz Umar Farooq will also lead special touba-e-ishtifaar prayers ( special prayers for repentance).

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Friday extended warm greeting to the people on the observance of Shab-e-Baraat.

Abdullah while greeting the people said “It is the night of worship and salvation. We should not be negligent on this occasion because on this occasion Allah almighty determines the destiny of all people. The night should be spent worshiping Almighty from the depth of hearth; it is the time of direct connection with Allah, most compassionate, ever merciful, most of all it is the time for reforming one’s life to come,” adding, “I urge the people to pray for everlasting peace for the state of Jammu and Kashmir and the world at large.”

Meanwhile, Abdullah offered Friday congregational prayers at Dargah Hazratbal. He had earlier paid obeisance at the shrine of Sheikh Noor ud Din Wali Reshi (RA), Charar e Sharief.

NC general secretary  Ali Muhammad Sagar urged the divisional administration to ensure all effective and basic amenities to devotees on the auspicious night. He impressed upon the divisional administration to ensure all facilities to devotees at Asaar e Sharief Hazratbal, Buka e Aliya Sultan- Ul- Arifeen Sheikh Hamza Maqdoomi (RA), Ziyarat Datagir Sahib (RA), Ziyarat Naqshband Sahib, Ziyarat Kalashpora, Ziyarat Sheikh Nur Ud Din Noorani (RA), Jamia Masjid Srinagar, Khanqa- e- Muala and other prominent shrines across Kashmir.

Meanwhile senior party leaders Dr. Sheikh Mustufa Kamal, provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani and provincial spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar have also extended greeting to the people on the observance of Shab-e-Baraat.