Laylat al Qadr, also known as 'Shab-e-Qadr', marks one of the holiest night of the year for Muslims during which the first verses of the Holy Qur’an were revealed by the archangel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Iran (IMNA) - There are different opinions over the exact date of Shab-e -Qadr, but there is a general consensus that the Night of Power falls among the last 10 days of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, with odd-numbered days being more likely.

Shia Muslims recognize Laylat al Qadr on the 19th, 21st or 23rd nights of Ramadan. However, more emphasis is laid over the 21st and the 23rd, particularly the 23rd. Shab-e -Qadr carries great significance for Muslims around the world; the Holy Qur’an describes this single night as being better than 1,000 months.

During the last holy night, Iranian Muslims congregated in neighborhood mosques and other religious sites, Observing the guidelines on social distancing, to pray to god for mercy, forgiveness, and salvation as they believe that this night marks their ultimate fate in the following year; the night is the symbol of purifying soul and focusing on the spiritual aspects of life; this practice is called Ehyaa during which some Muslim worshippers stay awake for the whole night, praying and reciting the Quran.

The Night of Decree carries great significance for Shia Muslims as the dawn of the 19st day of Ramadan also marks the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Ali (peace and greetings be upon him), the first imam of the Shi'ah.

Let's see how Iranian Muslims observe the holy night.

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