Muslim women perform evening prayers in the compound of Hazratbal shrine
Muslim women perform evening prayers in the compound of Kashmir’s Hazratbal shrine, which houses what is believed to be a relic from the beard of Prophet Mohammed. (Courtesy: Reuters)

SRINAGAR — Hazratbal Shrine Management has said that there will be no night-long prayers on the eve of Shab-e-Meraj (March 11) at the revered shrine.

They said that the second round of deliberations took place on Saturday in which it was decided that in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, it won’t be feasible to allow night-long prayers at the shrine on the eve of Shab-e-Meraj (Prophet Muhammad’s Journey towards Skies).

“There will be no Shab (night-long prayers) at Hazratbal Shrine on March 11. However, holy relic of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) will be displayed after every prayer for the devotees on March 12 and 13 (Friday and Saturday). The holy relic will also be displayed to devotees on March 19 after every prayer,” shrine administration said.

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The Hazratbal shrine management body will convey it’s decision to district and divisional administration tomorrow.

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