BANGALORE: Thousands of Muslims observed Shab-e-Barat, the 15th day of the month of Shabaan in the Islamic calendar, through Friday night.
The community prayed through the night for deliverance from their sins. Many also visited burial grounds to pay respects to their elders.
Maqsood Imran Rashadi, Imam of Jamia Masjid at City Market, said the day’s sermon focused on changes in the behaviour of Muslim youths. “We appealed to our youths not to violate rules by riding triples and indulging in stunts. They shouldn’t waste time squatting at bus stops or hotels. They should pray instead or stay at home,” Rashadi said.
The night prayers are devoted to asking for forgiveness for the past year’s deeds and for good fortune in the year to come. Members fast the following day and distribute food to the poor.
In view of Shab-e-Barat, the police department deputed 31 striking force units to patrol mosques and burial grounds through the night. Traffic policemen were ordered to check wheeling. “A message has been passed to 108 law and order stations and 63 traffic stations to monitor the situation and ensure peace,” said Kamal Pant, Additional Commissioner (Law and Order).