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Shab-i-Barat: the night of fortune and forgiveness

Updated May 12, 2017 12:11am

Faithful on Thursday night observe “Shab-i-Barat” with great religious reverence and fervour across the country.

With the setting of the sun, the faithful started gathering in mosques to offer special prayers for peace, progress, and prosperity of the country besides seeking forgiveness for their sins.

An illuminated view of Badshahi Mosque decorated with colorful lights on the eve of Shab-i-Barat. —Online
An illuminated view of Badshahi Mosque decorated with colorful lights on the eve of Shab-i-Barat. —Online

Women release oil lamps and candles in the water of Ravi river, seeking forgiveness and repentment. —Reuters
Women release oil lamps and candles in the water of Ravi river, seeking forgiveness and repentment. —Reuters

The people also organised several gatherings and Mahafil-i-Naat to achieve Allah Almighty's blessing in the world and the life hereafter.

Religious scholars in their sermons highlighted the teachings of Islam and various aspects of the life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) so that the followers could lead their lives in line with the Quran and Sunnah.

Family members light lamps and pray at a grave of their relative. —AP
Family members light lamps and pray at a grave of their relative. —AP

A woman recites the holy verses besides a grave of her relative at a graveyard in Karachi. —AP
A woman recites the holy verses besides a grave of her relative at a graveyard in Karachi. —AP

Special prayers were offered to get rid of the menace of terrorism besides showing the right path to disgruntled people, playing in the hands of anti-state elements.

On this occasion, houses, streets and especially mosques were decorated with colorful pennants and bunting whereas at night these were well illuminated by means of electric lights, candles or even oil lamps.

People read holy verses near the graves of their relatives to mark the night of forgiveness. —AFP
People read holy verses near the graves of their relatives to mark the night of forgiveness. —AFP

Besides, people visited graves of their near and dear ones, seeking Allah’s blessings for the departed souls.

Special security arrangements were made for peaceful observance of “Shab-i-Barat”.

People attend a sermon at a mosque in Karachi. —Online
People attend a sermon at a mosque in Karachi. —Online