LAHORE – Hundreds of thousands of faithful sat in Aitkaf at mosques across the country including the City on Thursday after Asr prayers to seek blessing and forgiveness from the Almighty and search for Lailatul Qadr in odd nights of the holy month of fasting.

They will spend last ten days of Ramadan while praying in seclusion. They will come out of seclusion after sighting of the Shawal moon.

Law enforcement agencies have made elaborate security arrangements in the close vicinity of major mosques and imambargahs to avoid any untoward incident.

In Lahore, thousands of Muslims sat in Aitkaf at Minhaj-ul-Quran Aitkaf City, Jamia Masjid Al-Qadsia, Jamia Masjid Data Darbar, Badshahi Masjid, Masjid Wazir Khan, mosques run by Aukaf Department and mosques in every nook and corner of the City. Hundreds of women also sat in Aitkaf at Minhaj-ul-Quran Aitkaf City, Jamia Masjid Al-Qadsia and mosques where separate arrangements were made. Majority of the womenfolk perform the Sunnah while praying in seclusion at specified places in their houses.

Thousands of Muslims including foreigners and women sat in Aitkaf at Minhaj-ul-Quran Aitkaf City, second such gathering after Harmain Sharifain. In addition to the Police deployment, 2000 youths of Minhaj Youth League and MSM would perform the security duties during the ten days. Security cameras had been installed at different places.

Thirty huge fans had been installed in the courtyard of the mosque. All other arrangements such as availability of water for abolition and cleanliness were also made and a team of 25 doctors would also be present to treat patients if any. Four ambulances of Minhaj Welfare Foundation have also been provided at the Aitkaf City. The proceedings of Aitkaf and speeches of Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri would be telecast live around the world on minhaj tv.

Over 3000 Muslims including hundreds of women sat in Aitkaf at Jamia Masjid Al-Qadsia. The management has made separate arrangements for women. Jamaat-ud-Dawa Ameer Hafiz Muhammad Saeed will deliver special lectures during odd nights.  Over 2500 faithfuls sat in Aitkaf at Jamia Masjid Data Darbar to seek blessing of Allah during the last ten days of the holy moth of fasting.

Hundreds of Muslims sat in Aitkaf at Badshahi Masjid and Masjid Wazir Khan to perform the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).