Soon after breaking fast Monday evening, mosques and shrines across Jammu and Kashmir reverberated with recitation of the Quran as the Muslim devotees thronged various places of worship to offer nightlong prayers, observed in the Muslim world as Shab-e Qadr (the night of power and blessing) with religious fervor.
Muslims offered prayers in local and central Masjids and shrines across the Valley. The night is being observed on every 27th night of Ramadhan.
The biggest congregation was held at Hazratbal Shrine here where thousands of people joined special prayers during the night and also listened to sermons on teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Thousands of people also participated in night-long prayers at historic Jamia Masjid here where Kashmir’s chief cleric and Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq delivered a sermon after ‘Taraveeh’ prayers.
Ulema and religious scholars in their sermons highlighted the teachings of Islam and various aspects of the life of the Holy Prophet (SAW) and urged Muslims to follow the same
First verses of the holy Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) during this night. It is one of the nights of the last ten days of Ramadan — blessings and mercy of Allah are abundant, sins are forgiven, supplications are accepted and the angels also descend to earth.
“This night is better than the thousand nights. However, because of the revealed importance of this night, Muslims strive harder in the last ten days of Ramadhan since the Shab-e-Qadr could be one of the odd-numbered days in these last ten,” said Abid Gul of Habba Kadal who offer nightlong prayers in all odd numbered days during last ten days of Ramdhan.
A group of devotees said that they sought blessings and mercy from Allah and prayed for eternal peace to departed souls of Muslims who have passed away.
The congregational nightlong prayers were also held at all mosques and shrines in Srinagar including Masjid Jamiat-e-Ahlehadith Gawkadal; Asar-e-Sharif Janab Sahib Soura; Asar-e-Sharif Shehri Kalashpora; Ziarat-e-Makhdoom Sahib (RA), Khanqah-e-Maula and other Masajid and Shrines.
In South Kashmir, congregational nightlong prayers were held at Jamia Masjid Hanfia, Jamia Masjid Ahlihadith, Bait-ul-Muqaram and Rehat-Ded Masjid in Islamabad (Anantnag) town. Nightlong prayers were also offered in Ziarat-e-Sharief Khiram; Kund, Aishmuqam and Bijbehara areas of the district.
In Kulgam, the biggest nightlong prayer gathering was seen in Jamia Masjid. Large congregational prayer gathering was also witnessed in Khankah Tral, Jamia Masjid Shopian and Jamia Masjid Pulwama.
Thousands of Muslims also offered nightlong prayers in all other districts of the state. Similar reports were received from Jammu and Leh.