LAHORE: Shab-e-Meraj, the great number of believers offered special prayers

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SHAB-e-Meraj, the night when the Holy Prophet (PBUH) was going up to the highest points of heaven, was noted Monday night across the land with traditional religious devotion and fervour.

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The great number of believers offered special prayers all the night in specially decorated mosques and inside their places for seeking the blessings of Allah Almighty.

They asked special prayers from The Almighty, seeking the welfare of the entire country and the Ummah, and expulsion from all kinds of problems and tribulations.

Lailat-al-Meraj also known as Shab-e-Meraj is a glorious night, marking the Isra and Meraj of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) when he was taken from Makkah to Al-Haram-Al-Sharif, inside Al-Aqsa Mosque ( as well known as Baitul Muqaddas) and was then admitted to Heaven.

 Different Islamic and socio-cultural organisations arranged special prayers and Mahafil-e-Naat in mosques and other places to collectively seek blessings of The Almighty. The word Meraj (ascent) of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is deduced from the Arabic word Urooj, which means ‘height,’ or ‘ascension.’

It is celebrated on 27th day of the month of Rajab in the Islamic calendar. According to Hadith, it was during this holy journey (Meraj) that The Almighty gave His Prophet (PBUH) the command for five daily prayers (Salat).

 During the , various Islamic scholars highlighted the importance of the day and its graces.

Special appeals were also applied for restoration of public security and quiet in the rural area, especially for bringing an end to the ongoing wave of terrorist act in which holy shrines were being hit by terrorists.

 In different mosques, special Nawafil and Mahafil-e-Shabina were also offered by the citizenry to seek blessings of Allah and forgiveness for their sins.

Special sweet dishes like Halwa, Zarda etc. were prepared and circulated among the relatives and neighbors apart from the pitiable.

In accession to that, food in large quantity was also circulated among the orphans and the destitute by the altruists.

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