KARACHI - Like other parts of the country, Shab-e-Barat, the night of reverence was observed in Karachi with great religious zeal.

With the setting of sun, the faithful started gathering at mosques to offer special prayers for peace, progress and prosperity of the country, besides seeking forgiveness for their sins. The faithful also organised several gatherings and Mahafil-e-Naat to achieve Allah Almighty's blessing in the world and life hereafter.

The houses, streets and especially mosques were decorated with colourful pennants and buntings whereas at night these were well illuminated by means of electric lights, candles or even oil lamps.

Thousand of people visited the graves of their near and dear ones in various graveyards of the metropolis, seeking Allah Almighty's blessings for the departed souls. They bowed before the Creator and prayed for getting rid of the menace of terrorism besides showing right path to the disgruntled people, playing in the hands of anti-state elements.

Ulema and religious scholars in their sermons highlighted the teachings of Islam and various aspects of the life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) so that the followers could lead their lives in line with the Holy Quran and Sunnah.

Numerous of major programmes were held after Esha Prayers at Faizan-e-Madina, Memon Masjid, Kharadar, Jama Masjid-e-Thanvi Jacob lines area and other mosques where known Islamic scholars and Ulema delivered their sermons.

Special security arrangements were also made at various sensitive spots including graveyards, Shrines, Mosques and others by the Sindh Police and Rangers to avoid any untoward situation and for peaceful observance of the Shab-e-Barat.

However, Commissioner Matanat Ali Khan also paid visit at various graveyards of the city. He said the KMC has made arrangements for cleanliness in all graveyards of the city for the visitors.

He informed that water tankers have been parked outside the graveyards by Karachi Water Board for easy availability of water.

Meanwhile, various religious leaders have appealed the people to pray for the peace and prosperity of country.

Pakistan Sunni Tehreek chief Sarwat Ejaz Qadri in a statement said it’s the day of blessing and Muslims should vow to serve humanity and Islam according to the Islamic preaching.

Scholars of Jamaat-e-Ahle Sunnat including Allama Hamza Ali Qadri, Allama Muhammad Akram Saeedi, Qazi Noorul Islam, Allama Naseem Ahmed Siddiqui and others during their sermons said that Shab-e-Barat is the night of forgiveness and the teaching of Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW) is the only way to successes.

Similarly Jamiat Ulema Pakistan general secretary Muhammad Saleem Attari during his speech at party’s welcome camps said that Muslims being victimised across the world should be remember them in their prayers.