LAHORE - Shab-e-Barat, night of divine blessings, was observed across the country including Lahore yesterday with religious zeal, fervor and solemnity, amid elaborate security arrangements.

Shab-e-Barat is the night when Almighty Allah arranges affairs of the whole next one-year, including the writing of all births and deaths on universe on the "Loh-e-Mehfooz". This is the best night of prayer and worship to seek forgiveness for sins and Almighty's blessing for success in the world and hereafter.

On this night, Muslims believe, Allah Almighty showers infinite mercy and blesses upon human beings.

Mosques, roads, streets and houses were illuminated and decorated with colorful bunting, flags and steamers.

Various gatherings including Mehfil-e-Naat were arranged in mosques to mark the holy night. Ulema highlighted the teachings of Islam and various aspects of the life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

People lit electric lights and candles from evening to whole night. They offered night-long special prayers, recite verses from the holy Quran. They visited graveyard for offering Fateha at the last resting places of their dear and near ones.

Electronic and print media highlighted the importance of the night through special transmissions and editions.