Shab-e-Baraat: People gather for prayers, candles light graveyards

Shab-e-Baraat: People gather for prayers, candles light graveyards

SRINAGAR: Increases in the sale of candles were seen by Downtown shopkeepers on the eve of Shab-e-Baraat, the night-long sacred observance when people congregate at the graves of departed family members to pray and light candles.
Muslim communities observe the holy night during the intervening night of 14th and 15th of Sha’ban, the eighth month of the Islamic calendar, as devotees offering night-long prayers to seek Almighty Allah’s blessings and forgiveness.
Muslims mark this night of prayers for the deceased by visiting the graves of family members on the eve of Shab-e-Baraat. Prayers are also said all night in mosques. Homes and religious places, especially Masjids and graveyards, are decorated by the light of candles on this occasion.
“People throng the graveyards in the evening of this sacred night, light candles on the graves of their loved ones and pray for their departed relations,” said a local from Zaina Kadal, Shabir Ahmad, who was buying candles to light in memory of his father.
“We don’t know whether it is a good or bad thing but we have done this since the death of my father, we light candles at his grave every year on the eve of Shab-e-Bharat. It is the night of worshship and salvation, the day Allah determines the destiny of all people,” Shabir further said.
A salesman at Tabish decorators in Maharaja Bazar said, wishing to remain anonymous, “We have already kept candles in stock as we are aware that on this prosperous night, there is going to be an increase in their sale. I have already kept 300 boxes of candles available at my shop so that people can get them easily without any difficulty.”
He also said, “We hardly sell even a box of candles on any other day as electricity and new technology have replaced them. But on the eve of this night, we keep a bulk of candle stock available.”
Bashir Ahmad, a shopkeeper from Rainawari, told Kashmir Reader that the demand for candles rises every year either in wedding season or on the eve of Shab-e-Bharat.
“From morning, I have sold at least 100 boxes of coloured candles and I am sure I will sell a good number more on this holy day,” he said
On this day, the congregational Isha prayers will be offered at many shrines, which include Assar-e-Sharief Hazratbal, Buk-e-Aliya Sultan-ul-Arifeen Sheikh Hamza Maqdoom (RA), Ziyarat Datagir Sahib (RA), Ziyarat Naqshband Sahib, Ziyarat Kalashpora, Ziyarat Sheikh Nur-ud-Din Noorani (RA), Jamia Masjid Srinagar, Khanqa-e-Muala and other prominent shrines across Kashmir.