Shab-e-Barat: Muslims Observe The Night of Emancipation

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

29th Mar, 2021. 07:00 pm

Muslims around different countries of the world are observing the night of Emancipation “Shab-e-Baraat” mostly known as the night of forgiveness today (15 Shab’an).

What Is Shab-E-Barat?

Shab-e-Barat holds immense significance among Muslims. The night is celebrated every year in the mid of Shaban-on the night between the 14th and 15th of Shaban. Several countries call it with different names. In South Asia, Nisf Shaban is known as Shab-e-Barat. In Arabic, it is called Lailatul Barat. In Indonesia, it is called Nisfu Syaban. It is called Berat Kandili in Malaysia and Turkey.

Muslims considered Shab-e-Barat as a night of forgiveness. Muslims especially prayer the whole night to seek the blessings of Allah almighty and ask forgiveness from him. 

Shaban is the eighth month of the holy Islamic calendar. According to sources,

Aishah bint Abu Bakr (R.A.) reported that:

“The Messenger of Allah did not fast in any month of the year more than he did in Shaban. He used to fast all of Shaban.” (An-Nasai: 2180)

Shab-E-Barat According To Muslims Scholars

According to Imam Al-Shafi’ee:

“There are five nights when the supplications (Duas) are accepted by Allah. These are (1) Friday night, (2) Night before Eid-ul-Fitr, (3) Night before Eid-ul-Adha, (4) First night of Rajab and (5) Night of Nisf Shaban.”

According to Imam Malik:

“There are four nights in which gates of righteousness are opened, (1) Night before Eid-ul-Fitr, (2) Night before Eid-ul-Adha, (3) Night of Arafat (9th Dhul Hijjah during Hajj) and (5) Night of Nisf Shaban.”

Celebration Of Shab-E-Barat

On this auspicious night, people tend to distribute sweets and other delicacies to each other. People also pray to Allah Almighty in the congregation. Men visit graveyards and pray for the departed souls. Mosques and homes are decorated as well.

Fasting On Shab-e-Barat:

Fasting in Shaban is not a Farz. However, some people keep fast on 15th Shaban as nafl worship. Fasting in Shaban is Sunnah.

Sindh Government Announces Public Holiday:

On the auspicious day of Shab-e-Barat, the Sindh government has announced a public holiday on 29th March 2020 (Monday).

According to the details, on March 29, all offices and educational institutions will be closed.

On this auspicious night, let’s pray for the departed souls. let’s pray for those who died after battling with coronavirus. let’s pray to Allah to shower his blessings on us and set us free from this global coronavirus pandemic (Ameen).

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