The holy Shab-e-Barat, the night of fortune and forgiveness, was observed across the country on Thursday evening with due religious fervor and devotion, Agencies report.
The Muslim devotees were spending the holy night at mosques and homes by offering special prayers, reciting from the holy Quran, holding milad mahfil and zikr and performing other religious rituals.
They are seeking blessings to Almighty Allah for the wellbeing of mankind, peace, progress and happiness for themselves, families, relatives and friends as well as the nation and the Muslim Ummah.
The devotees traditionally visit graves of their beloved ones and pray for the peace of their departed souls on the occasion. Many also visit mazars of saints all over the country.
Many people fast on the day following Shab-e-Barat night. Some people distribute food and sweets among the neighbors and the poor.
On the occasion, different socio-cultural organizations held discussions and milad mahfils in the capital city and across the country. Islamic Foundation chalked out different program to mark the occasion with due solemnity.
Ulema and religious scholars in their sermons this night at mosques and other mahfils highlight teachings of Islam and various aspects of the life of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM).
Shab-e-Baraat is observed 14 or 15 days before beginning of the holy month of fasting Ramzan. The Muslims consider Shab-e-Barat as one of the most sacred nights and believe that on this night the Almighty Allah decides the fate of all human beings fixing their ‘rizq’ (livelihood) for the next year.