LAHORE: Muslims in Pakistan and other parts of the world have observed Shab-e-Qadr or Lailat-ul-Qadr, and they show their respect for religion on the night between Sunday and Monday.
Evening is considered to be equal to 1,000 months of prayer. This is one of the holiest and luckiest nights. It is likely to occur on one of the odd nights in the last 10 days of Ramadan, most likely on the 27th of the holy month.
The night has special significance for the Muslims as angels come down on the earth as per order of Allah Almighty and stay there till dawn of the day. Muslims traditionally observe the occasion through nightlong special prayers, Quran Khwani, religious discussions at mosques and in their houses on this holy night.
Due to corona pandemic, most of the faithful, especially elderly and children offered prayers at their homes to seek Allah’s Forgiveness throughout the night till Sehri. People distributed sweats among the neighbours and poor.
The faithful arranged Milad, Zikr, Quran Khwani and religious discussions in mosques and their houses in line with the traditional practices – mostly by following the Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) agreed between Ulema and government last month.
Believers prayed all night and recited the Quran in mosques and houses across Pakistan. The believers seek the forgiveness of Allah and his mercy, and offer collective prayers to seek forgiveness from Allah who has been to “Sahri” all night.
Religious scholars also clarified the importance of the evening and emphasized the teachings of Islam and the life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) so that followers can live their lives according to the Quran and Hadith.