by Tahir Bhat
Laylat-ul-Qadr, the night of destiny was observed all over Kashmir with sanctity and religious fervor. People offered night long prayers across Kashmir.
Also known as Shab-e-Qadr, it is traditionally celebrated each year on the 27th night of Ramadan. It is the night when Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) from Allah.
In Srinagar thousands of people offered prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid in Old City and Hazratbal. In Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq delivered the sermon in which he high lightened the significance of the night.
Ulema and religious scholars in their sermons highlighted the teachings of Islam and various aspects of the life of the Holy Prophet (SAW) and urged Muslims to follow the same.
Witnesses said devotees were angry against the inadequate arrangements made by Wakf Board at Assar Shareef Hazratbal.
Many devotees criticised the Wakf Board for poor arrangements, especially the grossly inadequate number of tents and people offered their prayers on roads. “We had expected that Wakf Board would have made improvements. Contrary to its tall claims, it has once again failed to put sufficient arrangements in place,” said Bashir Ahmad,a devotee from Kupwara.
Various religious, social, business and political organizations had erected banners on roads and shops greeting people on the occasion while local traders decorated the markets and announced discount on various items.
The Hazratbal markets wore festive look while little boys could be seen wearing caps and little girls scarf, holding hand of their elders.
Similar congregations were held in different Masjids across Kashmir. The night long prayers rented the air throughout the night.
Biggest congregations of nightlong prayers were also held at the shrines of Saeed Yaqoob Sahab (RA) Sonawar, Sayeed Mansoor Sahab (RA), Makhdoom Sahab (RA), Shrine of Gous-ul-Azam Dastgeer (RA) at Khanyar, Khwaja Naqashband Sahab (RA) and similar congregations were held in different mosques across Kashmir.
Mentioned in the Holy Quran, this night is better than one thousand months.