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Millions set to perform I’tikaf from today

LAHORE: Millions of Muslims would be performing I’tikaf from across the country today (Friday, June 16, 2017).

All the major mosques of the city including Badshahi mosque, Data Darbar Mosque, and Jamia Masjid Al-Qudsia have completed the registration process of the people who want to perform I’tikaf.

Thousands of Muslims would be gathering for the performance of I’tikaf in all major cities of Sindh including Karachi. Special security measures are ensured at all mosques in the metropolis to avoid any untoward incident.

Prayers for country’s sovereignty and stability, elimination of terrorism and prosperity of Muslim Ummah will also be offered.

I’tikaf is a spiritual offering observed in the last ten days of Ramadan during which the believers detach themselves from other people and indulge solely in act of worshipping, avoiding worldly affairs. One can either offer I’tikaf in mosques or at their own home but they have to stay at the same place throughout the observation.

The observers will spend most of their time reciting Quran, offering special prayers and seeking blessings from Allah during I’tikaf.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.