Muslims observe 'Shab-e-barat

Muslims observe Shab-e-barat, special prayers held

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Jamshedpur : Muslims around the city observed ‘Shab-e-barat’ on Tuesday. Shab-e-Barat, the night of deliverance, falls on the 15 of the Islamic month of Shaban.

Muslims pray in preparation for Ramzan and seek forgiveness of their sins. Many visited graveyards and remembered their dear ones.

Special prayers and sermons were held at different mosques around the city. A good turnout of people was witnessed at different places.

During the day, Muslims clean the graveyard and decorate it with lights and candles for reading and performing rituals during the night.

Muslims stayed awake the whole night to perform Fateh (holy Muslim ritual) for the departed souls of their ancestors and seek their blessings. The festival, which is observed throughout the night, sees a lot of activity in the Muslim graveyards and later, at mosques.

A devotee Md Ibraham, said the night is very precious and unique for the Muslim community.

“Shab-e-Barat is a very precious night for us. On this night, we stay up all night. Along with reading the Quran (Holy book of Muslims), we ask forgiveness for our sins, we wish for a better future and pray that our ancestors are at peace. We also read a lot of other holy prayers and thus spend the night,” he said.

To maintain the sanctity of the occasion, cemeteries and graveyards are cleaned up and decorated throughout the day for the prayers to be offered at night.

“On Shab-e-Barat, all of us Muslim brothers and sisters come to the graveyard to pray for our ancestors. So during the morning, we clean up the graveyard.

We perform Fateh (Muslim prayers) as well. In the night, we come to offer our prayers to Allah and ask for forgiveness for all sins committed by us, knowingly or unknowingly,” said Firoz Hussain, a Muslim devotee.

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