| GEO Pakistan|
Lailatul Qadr observed with religious solemnity
| Updated at: 0508 PST, Tuesday, September 07, 2010|
ISLAMABAD: Thousands of Muslims thronged mosques and other religious places Monday night and offered special prayers in observance of the holy Lailatul Qadr or Shab-e-Qadr (The Night of Power, Blessings, Honour, Majesty and Reverence), the night when the first verses of the Holy Quran were revealed to Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), Geo News reported.
The devout Muslims joined Milad, Zikr, Quran Khwani and religious discussion in mosques and their houses in line with the traditional practices as the night is better than 1,000 months.
This is one of the holiest and most blessed nights, which is likely to occur on one of the odd nights on the last ten days of Ramadan and most likely to be the 27th.
On this holy occasion, the Muslims also visited graveyards to seek blessings of the Almighty Allah for eternal peace of the departed souls of their near and dear ones.
Pakistan observes the 27th Ramadan as a national holiday with newspapers publishing special articles and the state-run television as well as private television channels and radios putting on air special programmes offering prayers and highlighting the significance of this holy night.
Although the literal meaning of the word "Qadr" is "measure", the day has been popularly referred to as Night of Power while it is also the anniversary of the night on which the holy Quran was revealed in its entirety.
On the occasion, President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani issued messages greeting the countrymen and the Muslims across the world and seeking blessings of the Almighty for peace and progress of the country.
In their messages, the duo urged the nation to seek blessings for flood-ravaged internally displaced persons (IDPs) and those killed by this natural calamity, requesting for generous donations till the complete rehabilitations of over 1.7 billion people across Pakistan.