Muslims gear up to perform Itikaf from today

01:02 PM | 5 Jun, 2018
Muslims gear up to perform Itikaf from today
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ISLAMABAD - A large number of mosques throughout Muslim countries including Pakistan have made extensive arrangements for Muslims who would like to perform Itikaf (meditative seclusion) from today during the last 10 of the holy month of Ramazan.

Muslims will sit for Itikaf at mosques throughout the country before Maghrib prayers from Tuesday (today)  where they will stay till the moon of Shawwal is sighted.

Male worshipers prefer to observe Itikaf in the mosques while the women choose a separate corner in their own homes.

Itikaf helps the worshipers to connect themselves with their Creator through prayers, reciting Holy Quran and reading religious books so that they understand the concept of worship in the most comprehensive sense.

During this period, they will offer special prayers and seek Almighty's blessings and mercy.

In major Masajid of Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and other cities, special arrangements have been finalized for Itikaf.

Those who stay in the mosques for the purpose of itikaf will be given accommodations and meals during Sehri and Iftar.

Religious discourses have been arranged for the stayers to spend their time usefully inside the mosques and believers can spend their time within the mosque premises and also participate in the Qiyamul Layl (midnight) prayers.

Authorities have made strict security arrangements for the last ten days of the holy month across the country.

Besides mobile patrolling and enhancing the security check, police pickets have also been established in all such mosques where the people observing Itikaf.