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Today is Shab-e-barat, Pray For All

Jul 17, 2011

Today is Shab-e-Barat the holy day of prayer and offerings for the muslims. Muslims throughout the world pray whole night from Maghrib in the evening till Fajr in the morning. Peole offer Namaz, recite Quran, Pray for themselves, relatives, those who are no more and others and eat sweets on this day.

With the Muslim festival of Shab-e-barat being observed on Sunday, the police have requested crematoriums across the city to take stringent security measures in view of possible terror threats.
Blasts had rocked the textile town of Malegaon on September 6, 2006 during the festival of Shab-e-barat when thousands of devotees had gathered at a local mosque-cum-crematorium to offer prayers at the graves of their loved ones. At least 37 people were killed and another 250 were injured in the blasts.

According to police officials, crematorium authorities have been asked to install closed circuit camera televisions (CCTVs) in and around their premises to keep a watch on devotees and anyone behaving suspiciously.

“We have installed six CCTVs inside the premises, apart from taking a host of security measures,” said Mohammed Salim Khan, trustee, Sunnat Jamat Masjid and Kabrastan Trust which is located near Raey Road railway station. The crematorium is visited by at least 5 lakh devotees throughout the evening and up to the wee hours of the next day during the day of the celebration.

The crematorium managements have also been asked by the police not to allow persons with bags inside. Apart from that, every belonging visitors bring will be checked by volunteers and private security guards hired for this day.

“Along with making the arrangements, the premises have been surveyed by police authorities,” added Khan. The crematoriums have also been asked to keep the entire area around the premises lit up.
Maulana Azeez Haider, of Rehmatabad Crematorium in Central Mumbai, said, “We are taking all possible security precautions to make this Shab-e-barat safe for all devotees.”

Sources said that the police administration recently had a series of meetings with the management of city crematoriums to take stock of the arrangements made by them for the festival.