PV Desk : The holy Shab-e-Barat, the night of fortune and forgiveness, was observed in the port city as elsewhere in the district with due religious fervor and devotion.
Religious organizations including Islamic Foundation, Chattogram authorities here chalked out nightlong programmes including discussion, Milad and Zikir Mahfil on the occasion.
Muslim devotees passed the night at mosques and homes offering special prayers, holding zikir, milad mahfils and reciting from the holy Quran in observance of the meaningful night.
A good number of muslim devotees visited shrines of saints and offered munajat for their salvation and distributed sweets and homemade foods like ruti and halua among the poor and neighbors.
They also sought divine blessings of Almighty Allah for long life, peace, progress and happiness for themselves, family members, relatives and well- wishers, eternal peace for their departed parents and relatives as well as the nation and the Muslim Ummah.
Improved diets were also served in jails, hospitals, orphanages and juvenile centres, run by the social welfare department.
The local newspapers published special articles while Chattogram centres of Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar aired special programmes highlighting the significance of the holy night.
Meanwhile, law enforcers took tight security measures in and around all mosques and mazars of the city to help Muslim devotees perform prayers peacefully on the holy Shab-e-Barat.
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) kept constant vigil around the mosques and mazars to avert any untoward situation.
Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) imposed a ban on carrying explosives, crackers and explosion of firecrackers on the holy night.