(night of ascent) was observed with religious fervour at various mosques and shrines across the Kashmir Valley with people taking part in night -long prayers.
Religious preachers delivered sermons highlighting the importance of the occasion at various places of worship even as the devout kept themselves engaged in prayers, Quranic recitations and Naat khwani (couplets recited in the praise of the holy Prophet) throughout the night.
The main Shab-e-Meraj gathering was held at the revered Hazratbal shrine where thousands of people from various parts of the Valley gathered for the night-long special prayers and for catching a glimpse of the holy relic of Prophet Mohammad.
The premises of the shrine were brightly lit and it wore a festive look as people of all age groups thronged the area amidst the nearby rows of food and other stalls.
Seeking Allah's forgiveness and blessings, the faithful prayed for peace in the Valley and also for the fulfillment of their wishes, especially while the holy relic was on display.
People continued to offer prayers in throngs during the entire day today after last nights Shab Khwani at Hazratbal. The holy relic of Prophet Mohammad was displayed for the devotees after each obligatory prayer.
Authorities had made special arrangements of State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) buses for convenience of the people to and fro Hazratbal.
Eid al-Mab'ath -- the anniversary of the appointment of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) to prophethood. The joyous occasion is annually celebrated by Muslims marked by various ceremonies and rituals, on the 27th Rajab in the lunar calendar (May 16th), the day of Muhammad’s appointment as the last and greatest prophet of the Al-Mighty. Mohammad (PBUH) often retreated to the Hira cave outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to pray to God, to reflect on the true meaning of life and to ponder over life and death. The angel Gabriel came to Mohammad in the Hira cave bringing him the message of God Almighty, telling him he was appointed as the last prophet to guide mankind out of ignorance.