Palestinian worshipers pray in front of the Dome of the Rock, in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem early August 4, 2013, during Lailat-Al-Qadr, or Night of Power, in which the Muslim holy book of Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammad by Allah. (Photo: REUTERS/Ammar Awad)
Muslims around the world celebrated Lailat al-Qadr, or Night of Power, on 3 August, as they performed prayers during the ongoing holy month of Ramadan.
Lailat al-Qadr, or the Night of Power, is observed to commemorate the night in which the Koran, the holy book of Islam, was revealed to Prophet Mohammad.
Legends have it that angel Jibril (Gabriel in English) was sent by God and revealed Koran, the word of God, to the prophet at the Cave of Hira near Mecca in Saudi Arabia on the night that is now celebrated as Lailat al-Qadr.
Dubbed Night of Decree, Lailat al-Qadr falls during Ramadan, the ninth lunar month of the Islamic calendar, in which Muslims across the world fast and abstain from worldly pleasures from dawn until sunset. In fact, Ramadan is considered sacred because of Lailat al-Qadr.
On the Night of Power, Muslims pray more at mosques. Scroll down to view photos of Muslims observing Lailat al-Qadr from Jerusalem to Cario.
Observers of Lailat al-Qadr pray in front of the Dome of the Rock on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City on 4 August. (Photo: Reuters)
Palestinian Muslim women pray in front of the Dome of the Rock in the Night of Power (Photo: Reuters)
Muslim women pray in Jerusalem in the Night of Power (Photo: Reuters)
Female Palestinian Muslims pray in front of the Dome of the Rock, in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem early August 4, 2013, during Lailat-Al-Qadr. (Photo: Reuters)
Dome of the Rock is seen in the Night of Power (Photo: REUTERS)
People perform Ramadan night prayers celebrating Lailat-Al -Qadr, or Night of Power, outside of a mosque in Cairo, August 4, 2013. (Photo: REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih)