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‘Shab-e-Barat’ observed across Kashmir

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Srinagar: ‘Shab-e-Barat’ was observed across the Kashmir Valley with night-long prayers at major mosques and shrines even as no congregation was allowed at the historic Jama Masjid here.

Devotees thronged mosques and shrines on Friday night to pray and participate in the recitation of the Holy Quran, while preachers and religious scholars highlighted the importance of the night and the teachings of Islam.

‘Shab-e-Barat’ is observed by Muslims on the intervening night of 14th and 15th Sha’ban – the eighth month of the Islamic calendar.

However, no prayers were allowed at the Jama Masjid in the Nowhatta area of the city, the officials said.

The Anjumam Auqaf Jama Masjid, managing committee of the mosque, said the magistrate and police officials dropped by on Friday evening and informed that evening and night prayers and ‘Shab-e-Barat’ prayers cannot be held at the mosque.

The mosque was then closed for the public, the committee said.

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said the Centre was “deliberately shutting” the doors to religion to instill a sense of “crushing disempowerment and despondency”.

“After besieging & tormenting Kashmiris in every possible way, the only solace for people here is religion. GOI is deliberately shutting the doors to that too to instill a sense of crushing disempowerment & despondency. Criminally cruel to say the least,” Mufti wrote on Twitter.

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