SOME TEA and snack shops remain open almost all night here for the convenience of those who keep awake throughout the night to seek salvation and beseech benedictions on Shabe- Qadr falling always on alternate nights during last ten odd dates of Ramzan.
Muslims believe that a moment of fulfillment comes during Lailala-tul Qudr or Shabe-qadr (the night of dignity or night of destiny) in which prayers are answered.
On that night they pray for Maghfirat (salvation) and forgiveness of sins committed intentionally or unintentionally, offer Namaz and study Quran.
It is believed that on one of these nights the first verses of the holy Quran were revealed to the prophet Mohammed through the Gabriel.
For a break, tea, snacks and paan are available at these shops even at odd hours. Some shops arrange for take-away service also for those who go into ittikaf (reclusion in a mosque for the last ten days of Ramzan).
The shops close down at dawn after serving Sehri.