Lakhs joined night-long Shab-e-Barat prayers in Kashmir


Srinagar, Lakhs of people participated in night-long prayers in mosques, shrine and other religious places on the occasion of Shab-e-Barat in the Kashmir valley and Ladakh region.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid have greeted people on the occasion and expressed hope that the auspicious occasion will be harbinger of peace and prosperity for the state.
The main congregations were held at Asaar-e-Sharief Hazratbal on the banks of Dal Lake, which houses the Holy Relic of Prophet Muhammad. People from different parts of the valley participated in the prayers, including Darood-e-Azkar. The authorities had made all arrangements, including power, water, medical and security for the devotees, including women and children.
A congregation was held at historic Jamia Masjid, where moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq participated in the prayers and addressed the devotees. Earlier, the Mirwaiz, who was put under house arrest during the day, was released in the evening to allow him to participate in the prayers at Jamia Masjid, which was closed in the morning. Later, the gates of the worship place were reopened. Gates of the Masjid were closed to prevent any demonstration following strike call by separatists against the Pulwama killings.
Similar congregations were organised in other mosques, masjids and other holy places in the valley and Ladakh region.
Taking to micro-blogging site twitter, Ms Mufti said, ”Warm wishes on Shab-e-Barasat, a blessed occasion to seek mercy & forgiveness from Allah. During this blessed night, let us all strengthen our compassion, piety & spirit to work for the poor, downtrodden & desolate.”
Dr Vaid has greeted people of the state, particularly the Muslims, on the auspicious ocassion of Shab-i- Barat. He has also greeted police personnel and the families of police martyrs.
The DGP has hoped that the occasion will be harbinger of peace and prosperity for the state.