On the eve of Shab-e-Qadr (Night of Power) devotees remained engaged in nightlong prayers till Tuesday morning across the shrines and mosques of the Kashmir Valley.As per the practice, the largest gatherings were held at the Jamia Masjid in the old city and the Hazratbal shrine on the banks of the Dal Lake.Thousands of people also participated in night-long prayers at historic Jamia Masjid here where 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.Besides ‘traweeh’ prayers, devotees remained engrossed in supplications and recitals of the holy Koran. Religious heads also threw light on the significance of the holy night. All the major shrines of the Valley were well-illuminated and wore a festive look on Saturday night in view of the large attendance of devotees.Shab-e-Qadr is considered to be the holiest night of the fasting month of Ramazan.
Shab-e-Qadr is also called Laylat-ul-Qadr and according to Muslim traditions, it usually falls on the 27th night of Ramazan. However, scholars say that it can also fall on any odd night of the last 10 days of the fasting month. However 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, Jmia 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.Keeping in view the sanctity of the night, many Muslims engage in nightlong prayers during all odd nights of the last 10 days of Ramazan. However, the night is at large observed on the 27th night of Ramazan.The day after Shab-e-Qadr, people usually start making preparations for Eid-ul-Fitr that falls after the fasting month. Shopping for the festive occasion also peaks after Shab-e-Qadr. (PTK)