Faith­ful to start ob­serv­ing Aitekaf from evening

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL - 03:45 01:30 05:30 09:15 Sem­i­nar STAFF RE­PORTER

In­sti­tute for Pol­icy Re­forms will hold a sem­i­nar on “Is Pak­istan Iso­lated? Re­gional Chal­lenges and Op­por­tu­ni­ties”. The event will be held at 4:30 pm, 28th June at Com­stech Sect, 33 Con­sti­tu­tion Av­enue, G-5/2 Is­lam­abad. IS­LAM­ABAD—Thou­sands of ded­i­cated faith­ful would start ob­serv­ing ‘Aitekaf’ from Sun­day af­ter­noon (20th of Ramzan-ulMubarak) at spec­i­fied and se­cluded cor­ners of mosques for seek­ing for­give­ness of Almighty Al­lah by aban­don­ing their rou­tine busi­ness for en­tire ten days. Aitekaf sit­ting is a Sun­nah of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him), in which a faith­ful must con­fine him­self at a se­cluded cor­ner of a mosque or home, till sight­ing of the Moon of Eid-ul-Fitr. The sole pur­pose Should be to wor­ship Al­lah and seek par­dons of his/her sins.

Aitekaf car­ries a mul­ti­tude of bless­ings of the Al­lah Almighty. Men ob­serve Aitkaf in small cu­bi­cles, set up by hang­ing large cloth sheets inside mosques, whereas women ob­serve it at any cor­ner or quiet place in the house which is not fre­quently vis­ited by oth­ers.

Hun­dreds of wor­ship­pers would re­main sta­tioned at mosques for 10 con­sec­u­tive days in con­nec­tion with per­form­ing this re­li­gious duty called ‘Aitekaf.’

Mosques in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal and ad­ja­cent Rawalpindi used to al­lo­cate places to the wor­ship­pers on the first-come- first­serve ba­sis be­cause of an ever-in­creas­ing num­ber of those will­ing to ob­serve Aitekaf.

The regis­tra­tion process has al­ready been com­pleted the Mosques of Rawalpindi and Is­lam­abad. Phi­lan­thropists and com­mon ci­ti­zens send food items for Sehri and If­tari to the mosque dur­ing Ramzan ul Mubarak. This year, man­age­ment of Faisal Mosque has reg­is­tered over 800 faith­ful for ob­serv­ing Aitekaf at its premises. Dawah Academy has al­ready fi­nal­ized spe­cial ar­range­ments for im­part­ing ed­u­ca­tion about ‘Fiqhai’ prob­lems.

Spe­cial lec­tures of re­li­gious schol­ars have also been ar­ranged for the Mo­takafeen (Aitekaf ob­servers) at Faisal Mosque. The wor­ship­pers will be pro­vided Sehri and If­tari.

June 28

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