RNA – On the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Ali, the first Shi’ah Imam, the religious ceremony of Laylat al-Qadr, or the Night of Destiny, was held on May 12th at Holy Shrine of Lady Fatimah al-Ma’sumah in Qom with the observance of health protocols.
The Holy Shrine of Lady Fatimah al-Ma’sumah has been shut down due to COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak.
With the decision of the National Task for Combating Coronavirus, Laylat al-Qadr religious ceremonies can be held in the open spaces and halls of the pilgrimage centres, with the observance of social distancing and health protocols.
Laylat al-Qadr is the night of the revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.
The exact date of Laylat al-Qadr is unknown. However, according to many traditions, Shi’ahs hold religious ceremonies on the eve of 19th, 21st, and 23rd of the month of Ramadhan, with staying awake the whole night, reciting the Qur’an, praying and performing other rituals.