Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)–Muslims across Bangladesh will observe the holy Shab-e-Barat, known as the night of fortune, Tuesday night with due religious fervour and devotion.
The devotees will pass the night through prayer, recitation from the Holy Quran, and seeking blessings from Almighty Allah for peace and progress of their families, relatives and friends as well as the nation and the Muslim Ummah.
Muslims consider Shab-e-Barat as one of three most sacred nights and believe that on this night Almighty Allah decides the fate of all human beings fixing their ‘rizq’ (livelihood) for the next year.
The devotees across the country would visit graves and pray for the peace of the souls of beloved ones who are no more.
Many will also visit the mazars, shrines of saints all over the country.
Traditional foods like handmade rice-bread with beef and halwa (a sweet dish) would be prepared in the afternoon in the rural and urban areas across the country.
Many Muslims will fast on the following day.
They will distribute food and sweets among the neighbours and the poor today.
Foods and money will be distributed among the destitute on the occasion.
President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia issued separate messages felicitating Muslims on the occasion.
Islamic Foundation and other religious organisations have outlined elaborate programmes, including discussions, Hamd, Naat, Milad, Zikr and Doa on the occasion.
Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar, private television channels and radio stations will also air special programmes to mark the day.
The daily newspapers will publish special articles highlighting the significance of the Shab-e-Barat.