The faithful observed another ‘Jumatul Wida,’ the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, with traditional religious zeal and reverence.
This year, confusion prevailed over the observance of Jumatul Wida as last Friday of the holy month was likely to coincide with last fasting day (30th of Ramadan) of the month.
The people had observed Jumatul Wida with a usual spiritual fervour on Sept 3 so that the opportunity could not be missed if the Eid-ul-Fitr moon was sighted on Sept 9 (29th of Ramadan).
With not appearance of the new Crescent on Thursday, the faithful got another day to invoke Allah Almighty’s special blessings and opportunity to observe ‘Jumatul Wida’ again.
Millions of fasting people offered special Friday prayers at mosques and prayer grounds, while elaborate security arrangements were made to ensure their safety.
Jumatul Wida has a special significance since it is a prelude to the departure of holy month of Ramadan and considered the harbinger of the end of the showering of divine blessings that characterise the holy month.
Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) also stressed the sanctity of this day.
In their sermons, Ulema stressed upon Muslims to purify their souls through greater dedication to prayer and seek forgiveness of Almighty Allah.
They urged greater Muslim unity and called for making joint struggle for emancipation of Muslim world.
They also emphasised the importance of maintaining unity and sectarian harmony and asked people to beware of miscreants and anti-state elements who want to create animosity and hatred among followers of different schools of thought.
The ulema called for greater unity among Muslims to counter present-day challenges.
Special prayers were offered for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan, unity of Muslims, the world over and their emancipation. Prayers were also offered for independence of Kashmir, Palestine and other parts of world where Muslims are engaged in the struggle for their right to self-determination.