Shab-e-Barat is a significant night known as the ‘night of forgiveness. It is observed on the 15th night of the eighth month of the Urdu calendar, Sha’baan.
For the Muslim community, Shab-e-Barat is a significant night known as the ‘night of forgiveness. It is observed on the night of the 15th of the eighth month of the Urdu calendar, Sha’baan, which falls on March 18th this year. It starts on March 18 with Sunset and finishes on March 19 in the early morning with Fajr Azan.
This night, also known as Shab-e-Barat or Laylat-ul-Baraa, is known in Arabic as Laylatun Nisf min Shaban. The fortunate night begins on the 14th at sunset and finishes on the 15th at dawn with Azan of Fajr.
It is, as previously said, the Night of Atonement. It is a very holy night, and it is thought that Almighty Allah forgives those who pray earnestly and seek for forgiveness of their sins. On this day, people go to mosques and pray for their loved ones, especially those who have passed away, by visiting their graves. They pray to Allah and light candles.
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The Muslim community also believes that the Allah writes people’s fates for the future year on this day, taking into consideration their previous year’s acts. As a result, people offer prayers whole night to seek forgiveness and prosperity in the life ahead.
The special blessings of Almighty descend during the night. According to Muadh ibn Jabal, Allah’s Messenger said: “Allah Almighty looks upon all those created by Him in the middle night of Shaban and forgives all those created by Him. Excepted is the one who associates partners with Him, or the one who has malice in his heart.” (Muhammad Hanif, minhaj.org)
Shab-e-Barat has a unique significance. Aisha, the faithful’s mother, also reported: “The Prophet said: ‘On the middle night of Shaban (that is, Shab-e-Barat), Allah most high descends to the lowest heaven and remits more sins than the hair of the goats of Banu Kalb.’” (Jami Tirmidhi)
According to a third tradition of Hazrat Aisha, the truthful, the Holy Prophet said, “Do you know what occurs this night?” meaning the middle night of Shaban (that is, Shab-e-Barat). She submitted: “O Allah’s Messenger, what happens in it?” He replied: “Record of every human being who will be born this year, as well as every human being who will die this year, is created in this night. Their deeds are carried up to heaven, and their provisions are poured down in this night.” (Baihaqi)
Muslims spend the entire night praying and reciting the holy Quran beginning with the ‘Maghrib Namaz’. The next day, just before Fajr Azan, Sehri is eaten, and a fast is kept until Maghrib Azan.