The holy Shab-e-Barat, the night of fortune and forgiveness, was observed in the country last night with due religious fervour.
According to Muslim belief, Shab-e-Barat is the night when Allah arranges the affairs of the following year.
On Shab-e-Barat, Allah writes the destinies of all the creations for the coming year by taking into account their past deeds.
The Muslim devotees offered special prayers, reciting from the Holy Quran, held milad, zikr and other religious rituals seeking divine blessings for the wellbeing of mankind.
They passed the whole night offering prayers.
They are also visited the graveyards of their relatives and Muslim saints and distributed sweets and homemade foods among the poor, their neighbours, friends and relatives.
On the occasion, Islamic Foundation Bangladesh and other religious and socio-cultural organisations chalked out various programmes, including religious sermons, hamd-na’t, recitation from the Quran, doa and special prayers.
Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia issued separate messages felicitating Muslims on the occasion.
In his message, the president said the holy night opens up an opportunity for mankind to get special blessings and forgiveness of Almighty Allah.
Terming Islam a religion of peace and welfare, Abdul Hamid called upon devotees to pray to Almighty Allah during the holy night for the continued progress and welfare of the country and greater unity of the Muslim Ummah.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said Shab-e-Barat is a night of fortune which brings the blessings of Almighty Allah for mankind.
“I urge all to employ themselves in the work for the welfare of mankind and building the country imbued with the magnificence of the holy Shab-e-Barat,” she said.
In her message, Khaleda Zia said Shab-e-Barat is a very significant and glorified night for Muslims.
“At this holy night, it should be our resolve that we all will work for the welfare of the mankind shunning the violence, jealousy, bloodshed and conflict,” she said.
Bangladesh Television (BTV), Bangladesh Betar and private TV channels and radio stations aired special programmes while newspapers published articles, highlighting the significance of the night.