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Shab-e-Barat tonight
Staff Correspondent
Published :Sunday, 22 May, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 28
The holy Shab-e-Barat, the night of fortune and forgiveness, will be observed in the country tonight with due religious fervour.
According to Islamic lunar calendar, the 15th night of Shabaan month is known as Lailatul Barat. According to Muslim belief, Shab-e-Barat is the night when Almighty Allah arranges affairs of the whole next one-year including the writing of all births and deaths on universe on the "Loh-e-Mehfooz."
The government of Bangladesh, as per decision of the National Moon Sighting Committee decided to observe the holy occasion on May 22 . The committee took the decision at a meeting held at the Islamic Foundation office at Baitul Mukarram with Joint Secretary M Amzad Ali of the religious affairs ministry in the chair on Friday.
Meanwhile, in separate messages, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina conveyed their sincere greetings to the countrymen and the entire Muslim Ummah on the occasion of holy Shab-e-Barat.
In his message President Abdul Hamid said this holy occasion brings messages of arrival of holy Ramadan and good fortune for the mankind. "Let this holy night bring forgiveness, fortunes, welfare and prosperity for all", the President sought.
In her message, Sheikh Hasina said this holy night of reverence, fervor and divine blessings would bring welfare and prosperity for the mankind. On this night, she said, "Allah, the Almighty would demonstrate his highest degree of forgiveness and compassion for his creation".
The Prime Minister called upon the people to devote themselves for the welfare of the nation and progress of the country being imbued with the inner message of this sacred occasion. She called upon all to sink all kinds of religious dogmatism and narrowness and establish the essence of Islam in our individual, social and national life.
In a similar message, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia also conveyed her sincere greetings and felicitations to the Muslims on the occasion of holy Shab-e-Barat.
The devotees will gather at mosques and houses after Isha prayers and offer nightlong special prayers, while different gatherings and Mahafil-e-Naat will be organized to mark the holy night. Muslim devotees will offer special prayers, recite from the holy Quran, hold milad, zikr and perform other religious rituals throughout the night, seeking divine blessings for the wellbeing of mankind. People will also visit graveyards of their near and dear ones on this occasion and offer special prayer seeking divine blessings of the Almighty Allah for the lasting peace of the departed souls.
Ulema and religious scholars in their sermons would highlight the true teachings of Islam and various aspects of the life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
The houses, streets and especially mosques were being decorated with colorful pennants and bunting which are Illuminated at nights. Faithful lit electric lights, candles or even oil lamps right from evening to whole night.
Meanwhile , Dhaka Metropolitan Police  (DMP) has imposed total ban on all kinds of fireworks for security reason to allow the devotees to celebrate the occasion in a peaceful and calm atmosphere.  A DMP press release said that in order to maintain law and order in the metropolis, restrictions have also been imposed on carrying of all kinds of explosives, fireworks and harmful detergents. The order will remain effective till issuance of further order in this regard, the press release added.  
Another social aspect of this holy occasion is the distribution of sweets and cakes, popularly known as 'halwa-roti' among neighbors and relatives. It is almost mandatory and traditional for the well-to-do people to feed the poor and distribute various food items among the poor to mark the occasion.

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