ISLAMABAD – Thousands faithful would start observing Aitkaf from Thursday afternoon (20th Ramzan) till sighting of Eid moon at the specified corners of across the country mosques.                                               
Aitkaf is the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) and carries a multitude of blessings of the Allah Almighty.
Men observe Aitkaf in small cubicles, set up by hanging large cloth sheets inside mosques, whereas women observe it at any corner or quiet place in the house, which is not frequently visited by others.                                                             
Aitkaf is to spend last ten days of Ramazan in prayers to seek forgiveness and blessings of Allah Almighty, without leaving the worship place. Hundreds of worshippers remain stationed at mosques for 10 consecutive days in connection with performing this religious duty called Aitekaf.
Mosques in the Federal Capital used to allocate places to the worshippers on the first come first served basis because of an increasing number of those willing to observe Aitekaf.
This year, around 1350 faithful from twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad would observe Aitekaf at Faisal Mosque. Special arrangements have been made for the Motakafeen (Aitekaf observers) to impart them education about ‘Fiqhai’ problems besides lectures from religious scholars. The worshippers will be provided Sehri and Iftari by the Dawah Academy. But as a part of worship and regular practice during Ramazan, many philanthropists and common citizens send food items for Sehri and Iftari to the mosque for the poor and needy.
Muslims to observe Yaum-ul-Furqan today
The Muslims across the country will observe Monday (Ramzan 17) as “Yaum-ul-Furqan” to commemorate the great battle of “Badr”, which took place on 2 AH.
Furqan designated by Holy Quran in Surah Al Anfal signifies distinction between right and wrong, the truth and untruth, and also means the standard and criterion to judge between the truth and falsehood.
The first war between the Muslims and the atheists took place in Badr, (60 miles from Madinah towards Makkah) on 17th of Ramzan in which the Lashkar-e-Islam comprised 313 persons and only two of them had the horses and only six were laced with Zarah.
The atheists, on the other hand, were many times high in number; about 100 had horses while the whole Lashkar was laced with complete weapons.
Abu Jehal who was the Sardar of their Lashkar was killed along with 70 atheists while 14 Mujahideen from Lashkar-e-Islam embraced Shahadat.
Allah Almighty has termed this day as “Youm-e-Furqan”. The Meccans were strong, and pound of their wealth and their position. To fight them, strategy was required. Muslims under the leadership of the Great Prophet Muhammad PBUH were in small numbers, but with these forces one of the decisive battles of the world was fought at Badr in A.D.623, the second year of the Hijrah, the Muslims were inspired by faith, they never doubted for an instant that they would win. They swept the Meccans off the field. It was a great victory.
Many prisoners were taken and much booty, but he prophet PBUH showed great diplomacy and foresight; rejecting vengeful advice, he held the Meccans to ransom and treated them well.
Battle of Badar or Ghazwa e Badar is Great Islamic Battle established the Muslim rule in Medina and also considered as foundation of Great Muslim Empire.                                
The battle of Badr was the first great encounter between the forces of good and evil and the way it ended made the distinction between truth and untruth crystal clear. More than that, it announced to the world the birth and inauguration of a new civilisation, which was based upon the eternal verities governing the universe of creation and hence enjoyed the blessings of the Creator. It was a signal not only to the Makkans and other Arabs but also to the super-powers of the day-Persian and Byzantine.