Happy Shab-e-Barat

In Islam, Shab-e-Barat means the night of forgiveness or the Day of Atonement. It is considered to be the night when God forgives sinners.

Shab-e-Barat is observed by Muslims all across the world. It is a night of Fortune and Forgiveness. Shab e-Barat is on the 14th night of the eighth month in the Islamic calendar – Sha’aban. Shab e-Barat, which takes place on the full moon is dependent on the sighting of the previous new moon signifying the start of the month of Sha’aban. This is year, it is being celebrated on March 28 night and ends on March 29. In Islam, Shab-e-Barat means the night of forgiveness or the Day of Atonement. It is considered to be the night when God forgives sinners.

It is believed that on this night Allah forgives anyone who asks for it. According to the Hadeeth or sayings of Prophet Muhammad, Shab-e-Barat is also the night when Allah blesses people for the year ahead. On Shab-e-Barat, people wish each other ”Shab-e-Barat Mubarak.”

‘Shab’ is a Persian word for the night while ‘Barat’ in Arabic stands for salvation and forgiveness and Muslims believe that on this night, Allah decides people’s fortune for the year ahead, their sustenance and whether they will have the opportunity to perform Hajj (pilgrimage).

The day is also known as Shab-e-Raat, Bara’a Night, Mid-Sha’ban, Barat Night, Cheragh e Brat (light), Berat Kandili or Nisfu Syaaban (in Southeastern Asian Muslims) or Laylat al-Baraat.

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