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Thousands of Muslim worshippers praying in the street during the Night of Power in Uzbekistan

Thousands of Muslim worshippers have been spotted flooding the streets of Uzbekistan for a mass prayer last night.

Stunning drone photos from the country's capital city Tashkent show crowds gathering to mark Laylat al-Qadr, which fell on the last Friday of the Islamic period of Ramadan.

Laylat al-Qadr, which means 'night of power', commemorates the first revelation of the Holy Quran to Prophet Muhammad and is the most important moment in Islamic history.

While Friday prayers are usually the most popular for Muslims to attend publicly, the huge turnout could have filled a stadium and so worshippers opted to stand in the street rather to overfill the mosques. 

The city is one of the most populated in ex-Soviet Union Central Asia, with 90 per cent of residents estimated to be Muslim.

Millions more have taken part across the world including outside the Al-Asqa mosque in Jerusalem, in Kuwait and in Turkey. 

As Ramadan comes to an end, many Muslims will choose to spend the next few days in study and prayer.

The night is discussed by the Prophet Muhammed in his readings, where he says: 'Whoever establishes the prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah's rewards (not to show off) then all his past sins will be forgiven.' 

Lailat al Qadr does not have a specified date, but generally falls in the last 10 days of Ramadan. 



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