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Davao Muslims celebrate “Night of Power”

DAVAO CITY, Aug. 30 -– Muslims in this city celebrated the "Night of Power" or "Leyla al-Qadr" of Eid al Fitr or the end of Ramadan Monday night at Shrine Hills in Matina, here.

Randy Usman, deputy mayor of Maranao tribe here, said all Ulamas in Davao City attended the Leyla al-Qadr or moon gazing.

Usman said according to Muslim tradition, the Night of Power is the night that the first revelation of the Qur'an was sent down to Prophet Muhammad.

Muslims worldwide spend the last 10 nights of Ramadan in solid devotion, retreating to the mosque to read Qur'an, reciting special supplications or du'a, and reflecting on the meaning of Allah's message.

Ramadan is said to be a time of intense spirituality, when the believers are surrounded by angels, the gates of heaven are open, and God's blessings and mercy are abundant.

"The whole month of Ramadan is a time of renewal and reflection. As the end of the month draws near, we pray that the spirit of Ramadan, and the lessons learned during it, last for all of us throughout the year," Usman said.

Today, Eid al Fitr is a holiday marking the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting that is one of the greatest religious observances in Islam. (PNA) DCT/JLC/ldp

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