Shab-e-Baraat, the revered night of fortune, was observed with religious fervor by Muslims across Jammu and Kashmir as devotees offered night-long prayers to seek Allah’s blessings and forgiveness.
The night long prayers were held in Masjids and shrines across J&K where religious scholars delivered sermons highlighting teachings of Islam and various aspects of life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). On the occasion, houses and religious places were decorated.
In Kashmir, the prayers were offered at Hazratbal shrine where religious clerk Dr Farooq Ahmad Farooqi delivered sermon over importance of this blissful night, after Nimaz-e-Eisha.
The prayers were also offered at Chrar-e-Sharif, Khankahi Moula and other major shrines across the valley and a large number of people visited central Jamia Masjid here to say prayers.
People visited graveyards till late in the night, offering Fateh-a-Khawani and seeking eternal peace to departed souls.
Shab-e-Baraat is observed across the world on the intervening night of 14th and 15th Shaban, eighth month of Islamic calendar. This year, the month began on 18 April 2018.
Apart from Masjids, Muslim devotees also spent night at homes saying prayers, reciting from holy Quran and seeking blessings of Allah.
Earlier the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had directed divisional administrations of both Jammu and Kashmir regions to ensure that all facilities were provided to people especially on account of availability of transport, water supply and electricity during the night.
She had directed Wakf Board authorities to put all necessary arrangements at all Shines for devotees. “We had made all arrangements,” said Nizam-u-Din Bhat, vice chairman of the Board.
The Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation Riyaz Ahmad Wani said special sanitation drive was carried earlier at Masjids and shrines in view of the occasion.
Meanwhile the Chief Minister has felicitated people on the occasion of the revered night. In her message, the Chief Minister said Shab-e-Baraat was a blessed occasion to seek mercy and forgiveness from Allah.