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Muslims pray all night for Ramadan (video)

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
Aug. 2, 2013 at 3:02 a.m.

Abed Ajrami shares a moment sitting with his son, Rami, 10, after they prayed together Tuesday night at the Victoria Islamic Center. The two were praying with others in hopes that Tuesday night would be the night of power, a special night during Ramadan where Allah's blessings are multiplied.

WHAT DO YOU PRAY FOR DURING RAMADAN?

The most important thing we ask for is forgiveness for our sins. Whoever does that with sincerity will be forgiven, that's our first priority. We also seek for yourself health and family provision and family success, that each one have a good life. We also pray for the poor, the sick, the jobless both in our communities and all over the world.

Dr. Shahid Hashmi, 66, general surgeon

I pray for success and good fortune and to be a better Muslim. I pray for my family, that they have better health. I pray to always be a better person who is kind, honest and spiritually successful.

Usmaan Warsi, 19, biology undergraduate student University of Texas-Austin

I pray for forgiveness and purity of the sins. I also pray for success, academically, spiritually and, in the future, financially. I pray for my family and grandparents, for them to have forgiveness and mercy, health and an easy life.

Naumaan Warsi, 15, student

"I pray that me and my family will go to heaven and for God to keep us on the straight path. I pray for my friends and parents to go heaven, too.

Rama Hamoudah, 11, student

Surrounded by camping tents and homemade forts, Osama Hassan, Victoria Islamic Center's imam, prepares for another long night of ceaseless prayer.

In the final days of the holy month of Ramadan, Victoria's Muslim community has been studying and praying around-the-clock, hoping to encounter the Night of Power - the night when Allah revealed the teachings of the first verses of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.

"It's like a joy. We cannot thank him enough. We pray and pray and pray, and it's a special thing during this time," said Hassan, mentioning that supplications offered during the Night of Power are better than praying for 1,000 months. "It's not very much when you think there are 350 days during the year, and this is only 10 days (of intensive prayer)."

In Islam, the Night of Power is an unknown night that occurs during the final 10 days of Ramadan. It is regarded as a significant and spiritual night when extra blessings are multiplied exponentially if a Muslim is praying during the Night of Power.

"We don't know when it will be. It could happen tonight," Hassan said.

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