ISLAMABAD: The night of reverence and divine blessings for the Muslims, Shab-e-Barat, is being observed across the country on Friday night Sha’ban-ul-Moazzam 14, 1434 AH (Jun 13).
Faithful gather at mosques after Isha and offer night-long special prayers, while different gatherings and Mahafil-e-Naat have also been arranged to mark the holy night.
Ulema and religious scholars in their sermons would highlight the true teachings of Islam and various aspects of the life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
The houses, streets and especially mosques are decorated with colorful pennants and buntings whereas at night these were well Illuminated by means of electric lights, candles or even oil lamps.
Media, including print and electronic will be highlighting the importance of the holy night through its special programmes and editions.
Shab-e-Baraat, the night of praise of Allah, is observed 15 days before the start of the Holy month of fasting Ramadanul-Mubarak. Shab-e-Barat, a great advantages of Muslims is known as Laylat-ul- Bara’ah or Laylat-un- Nisfe min Sha’ban in the Arab world.
This is the best night of prayer and worship of Allah to seek His forgiveness for their sins and Allah Almighty’s blessing on this occasion to achieve success in the world and hereafter.
On this exalted night, Muslims spend the night (Shab-e-Barat) to provide a special prayer, reciting the Quran. The Mahafil Milad, Zikr, and other religious rituals held to commemorate the occasion.
People also visit the cemetery of their relatives and offer Fateha and special Manajaat to seeking Allah Almighty’s blessings for the departed souls.
According to Muslim belief, Shab-e-Barat is the night when Almighty Allah arranges affairs of the next one year. On Shab-e-Barat, Allah writes the destinies of all his creations for the coming year by taking into account their past deeds.
The significant distinction of this night, according to Islamic belief, is that it falls on the night of 15th Sha’aban in which all births and deaths on universe are written on the “Loh-e-Mehfooz” for the forthcoming year.
According to religious scholars, there are some nights in Islam, which are significant, sacred with grandeur and Divine Majesty and “Lailatul Baraat” is one of these.
Though, in the Islamic perspective every night and day has its own importance but some nights have supplementary importance like Shab-e-Barat, Lailatul Qadar, Shab-e-Miraj, Ashura and the two nights of Eids had extraordinary significance.
On the occasion of Shab-e-Barat, Muslims believe, Allah Almighty showers infinite Mercy and Blesses upon human beings. According to the hadith, the Prophet, Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, anyone who has fasted for three days during Shabaan durood and recite three times in the Iftar, Allah will forgive his sins, and increase its provisions.
In addition, the person will enter heaven at the Day of Judgment. According to Hazrat Ayesha Siddiqa (RA) “Allah Almighty opens the doors of Mercy and Grace for the mankind, the door remains opened throughout the night till the Fajr prayers,” in which He exonerates those seeking forgiveness.
Special security arrangements have been made for peaceful observance of the Shab-e-Barat throughout the country.