First India

Written by: Masuma Bharmal Jariwala

The ongoing pandemic has rendered people helpless with state administrations failing to establish much needed health infrastructure before the second wave. In a bid to pray for those affected by the health crisis, one million members of the Dawoodi Bohra community held a night vigil on Monday.

Observed during the holy month of Ramadan, Laylatul Qadr is considered to be the holiest night of the year by the community. It also coincides with the birthday of community leader His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin.

According to tradition, it is also known as the ‘Night of Power’, when the Almighty answers every prayer.

Members of the Bohra community follow the tradition of remaining awake the whole night for prayers. ‘We pray for our loved ones every year but this time community members also prayed for this pandemic to end,’ said Nafisa Bharmal, who has been praying daily for the entire month of Ramadan.

‘I pray to Allah every day to cure everyone and protect us from the virus. Last night, I asked Allah to eliminate the virus so that we are all safe,’ said five year old Burhanuddin Bharmal, who remained awake to pray the whole night.

‘Remaining awake and praying the whole night is not an easy task, but prayers have great strength. Our leader has put emphasis on the tranquility of mind. If a mind is balanced, it will strengthen itself to endure and fight all toxicity. We believe that programmes and activities aimed at destressing the mind should be carried out with extreme seriousness. Our community has been working to provide mental peace through meditation and other methods,’ said Shaikh Mustafa Zakir, a community representative based in Rajkot.