The holy Shab-e-Barat, known as the night of fortune, is being observed across the country on Tuesday night with due religious fervour and devotion.
The Muslim devotees are spending the night at mosques and homes offering prayers, reciting from the holy Quran and seeking blessings to Allah for long life, peace, progress and happiness for themselves, their families, relatives and friends as well as the nation and the Muslim Ummah.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted all Muslims of Bangladesh and elsewhere across the world on the occasion of the holy Shab-e-Barat.
In separate messages, they prayed for peace, progress and prosperity of the nation as well as the Muslim Ummah of the whole world.
Muslims consider Shab-e-Barat as one of the 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 are visiting graves and praying for their beloved ones seeking their eternal peace. Many are visiting mazars, shrines of saints all over the country.
Many families prepared traditional foods like handmade rice-bread with beef and halua (a kind of desert made usually from semolina, carrot, chickpea or papaya) both at rural and urban areas across the country on the occasion.
They are distributing food and sweets among the neighbours and the poor. Besides, foods and money are being distributed among the destitute on the occasion. A good number of Muslims will observe fast tomorrow to mark the day.
Besides, the Islamic Foundation (IF) has chalked out nightlong elaborate programmes at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque on Tuesday.
The programmes include recitation from the holy Quran, hamd-nath, waz- mahfil, milad, Qiyam and special munajat.
Pesh imam of the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Mawlana Muhiuddin Quashem delivered sermon highlighting the significance of Shab-e-Barat at 7.25 pm.
Noted Islamic scholar Mawlana Habibur Rahman Juktibadi delivered sermons on the importance of ibadat and doa at 9 pm. Principal of Jamia Arabiyah, Mirpur, Mawlana Syed Wahiduzzaman narrated the importance of holy night and Ramadan at 11 pm.
Subsequently, the importance and advantage of 'zikr' and tahajjut is being discussed at the mosque. The nightlong programmes will end following the akheri munajat (final prayers) after Fazr prayers.
Senior Pesh Imam of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Hafez Mawlana Muhammad Mizanur Rahman will administer the final munajat.
Tomorrow will be the national holiday for the Shab-e-Barat.
Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar, and private television channels and radio stations will broadcast special programmes on the occasion.
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) yesterday issued a ban on carrying explosives, crackers and explosion of firecrackers in the capital for tonight marking the Shab-e-Barat.
The ban will be effective for 12 hours from 6 pm today to 6 am Wednesday.