Shab-e-Barat: A night of prayer

Published June 3, 2015
Pakistani Muslims offer special prayers at a mosque to mark Shab-e-Barat. ─ AFP
Pakistani Muslims offer special prayers at a mosque to mark Shab-e-Barat. ─ AFP
Men pray over the grave of their family member while observing the Shab-e-Barat festival at a cemetery. ─ Reuters
Men pray over the grave of their family member while observing the Shab-e-Barat festival at a cemetery. ─ Reuters
Pakistani Muslim families pray beside the graves of their relatives to mark Shab-e-Barat. ─ AFP
Pakistani Muslim families pray beside the graves of their relatives to mark Shab-e-Barat. ─ AFP
A Pakistani Muslim recites from the Quran beside the graves of relatives to mark Shab-e-Barat. ─ AFP
A Pakistani Muslim recites from the Quran beside the graves of relatives to mark Shab-e-Barat. ─ AFP
Pakistani Muslims offer prayers at a mosque to mark Shab-e-Barat. ─ AFP
Pakistani Muslims offer prayers at a mosque to mark Shab-e-Barat. ─ AFP
Pakistani Muslim families pray around the graves of their relatives. ─ AFP
Pakistani Muslim families pray around the graves of their relatives. ─ AFP
Pakistani Muslim families pray around the graves of their relatives. ─ AFP
Pakistani Muslim families pray around the graves of their relatives. ─ AFP

KARACHI: Muslims in Pakistan mark the night of forgiveness or Shab-e-Barat by visiting mosques and the graves of family members.

It is believed that if one prays throughout the night for forgiveness, their sins are forgiven. The night is devoted to seeking forgiveness for past sins, and for good fortune in the coming year.

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