Muslim devotees offer prayer during Ramadan at Baitul Mukarraum National Mosque in Dhaka on 31 May 2019. Photo: Prothom AloThe holy Lailatul Qadr or Shab-e-Qadr, the holiest and most blessed night for Muslims, will be observed across the country tonight with due solemnity and religious fervor, reports UNB.Muslim devotees will spend the night seeking divine blessings for peace and progress for family and the country as well as the Muslim Ummah.According to the holy Quran, this is superior to a thousand nights as the Quran was revealed to the greatest Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) in this glorified night to show mankind the path of worldly and eternal emancipation.The devout Muslims usually pass the night offering special prayers, recitation from the holy Quran, holding milad mahfil, zikr, and other religious rituals at mosques and in their houses.They will also visit graveyards to seek divine blessings for the departed souls of their near and dear ones.
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By AFRO StaffNew York, New York. June 3, 2019 — Dr. Irving Spear Hamer, Jr., (January 6, 1946 – May 4, 2019) a tireless innovative advocate for elevating school performance through revamping the infrastructure of the education system, fair school funding and, using analytic tools to evaluate and predict student outcomes transitioned on Saturday, May 4, 2019. A Memorial Service in celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine Church, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street in New York City.Dr. Irving Spear Hamer, Jr., a leader in academia, died on May 4. (Courtesy Photo)Dr. Hamer was an educational and academic leader in both the public and private sector. His public sector roles included serving as Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Education Department, Manhattan representative to the New York City Board of Education, Deputy Superintendent of Miami/Dade (Florida) and Memphis (Tennessee) school systems. He, also, served as a professor of education at Columbia University’s Teachers College, Florida International University Center for Urban Education and Innovation, and the University of Memphis. he was a Yale University senior research analyst early in his careerOther public sector involvement included serving as board chair for The Cathedral of St. John the Divine’s Valley youth program and the Educational Director for the New York Urban League, where he also served as the director of the Urban League’s Street Academies. He was the founder and headmaster of the Baltimore Street AcademyHis private sector leadership experience included holding positions as President of Globe Book Company, Executive Vice President of Simon and Schuster, Executive Vice President of the Millennium Group, Partner at P3Strategies and President of K12Anaytics.Irving Hamer was a complex, extraordinarily, intelligent man. A native New Yorker, raised in Central Harlem and Douglas house, Irving Hamer received his masters and doctoral degrees from Harvard University and his undergraduate degree from Ottawa University (Kansas}?Yet, there was so much more to him.His family and friends will remember him as a loving supportive father, a prolific writer, incredible dancer, creative thespian, lifelong fine arts collector, an avid reader.But, more broadly, he will be remembered for being one of the most innovative urban education scholars of the 21st century – advocating for and developing policies and programs to achieve excellence in education for all children. When asked to describe himself, however, he would say, “just a man who loves bebop, jazz and a good Cab (Cabernet).”