Shab-e-Barat : Significance, Customs and Traditions

 

Shab-e-Barat or Bara’at Night or Mid-Sha’ban is observed by various Muslim communities on the night between 14 and 15 Sha’ban (eighth month of the Islamic calendar). It is believed to be the night when fortunes of men are decided for the coming year as also when Allah forgive sinners.

 

In some parts of the world, Shab-e-Barat is also considered to be a night when people offer prayers whole night seeking for forgiveness from Allah and their ancestors. Birthday of Muhammad al-Mahdi is also celebrated on this day by Twelver Shia Muslims.

 

Although not mentioned directly in the Qur’an, two verses are sometimes ascribed to Shab-e-Barat:

“Indeed, We sent it down during a blessed night. Indeed, We were to warn [mankind]. On that night is made distinct every precise matter-“[Quran 44:3–4] 

 

Shab-e-Barat is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Celebrations start at the sunset of 14th and end at sunrise of 15th day. Special delicacies like Halwa, Zarda are prepared and distributed among family, friends and relatives. Some people fast the whole day and worship the whole night.

 

May Allah bless us all!

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