Mid-Sha’ban is the 15th day of the eighth month (Sha’ban) of the Islamic lunar calendar. The preceding night is known as Laylatul Bara’ah or Laylatun Nisfe min Sha’ban in the Arab world, and as Shab-e-barat (شب برات) in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran and Afghanistan. These names are translated to the night of records, the night of assignment and the night of deliverance, and the observance involves a festive nightlong vigil with prayers, feasting and illumination. In some regions, this is also a night when one’s deceased ancestors are commemorated.
What And When
The 15th night of Shabaan is known as SHAB-e-BARAAT,which is next to Lailatul Qadir (27th night of Ramadaan) in auspiciousness. The Holy Prophet is reported to have said: “People are not aware of the excellence of the month of Shabaan, the month that comes between the months of Rajab and Ramadaan. In this month, the action of the people are presented (to ALLAH).
On this night which begins from Magrib salaah Azan, the AMAL NAMA (record book) of a person containing all his deeds of the past year are closed and kept away in preservation till the day of resurrection and new Record books are started. Also,on this night,the various angels in charge of births, deaths, etc, are brieffed and are assigned and instructed by ALMIGHTY ALLAH their various duties-the names and number of people who are to die during the coming year, births and the dates and times they are to take place during the coming year.
Where SHAB-e-BARAAT Is Celebrated
Arab world,inIndia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran and Afghanistan.
Laylatul Bara’ah or Laylatun Nisfe min Sha’ban. These names are translated to the night of records, the night of assignment and the night of deliverance, and the observance involves a festive nightlong vigil with prayers, feasting
Prayers ( Nafl) for Shab-e-Baraat
Prayers ( Nafl) forShab-e-Baraat (Laylatul Nifsul Shaban) is the night when Allah the Almighty arranges the affairs of the following year. It is a night of worship and prayers for all Muslims. After sunset read 40 times “La Hawla walaa Quwwata illa Billahil-aliyilAzeem” with three times Durood Shareef before and after. It is mentioned that by reciting this, Almighty Allah will forgive forty years Nawafil for Shab-e-Baraat.
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