The holy Shab-e-Barat, the night of fortune and forgiveness, will be observed in the country with due religious fervour and prayers tonight.
Islamic Foundation has urged people to offer prayers at home instead of crowding into mosque for the sake of social distancing amid spread of coronavirus.In a press release, it also banned gathering at the graveyards and mazar.
Citing the instructions of World Health Organization (WHO) and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Islamic Foundation said, “All are urged to follow the Islamic Foundation’s directive.”
Shab-e-Barat is the night when Allah arranges the affairs of the following year. On this night, Allah writes the destinies of all the creations for the coming year by taking into account their past deeds.
Muslim devotees offer special prayers, reciting from the Holy Quran, holding milad, zikr and other religious rituals seeking divine blessings for the wellbeing of mankind. They pass the whole night offering prayers.
Besides, Muslims visit the graveyards of their relatives and saints and distribute sweetmeats and homemade foods among the poor, their neighbours, friends and relatives. But anything contradicts social distancing is not allowed in the given situation.
Newspapers have run articles highlighting the significance of the night while Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and private TV channels and radio stations have arranged special programmes.