Shab-e-barat must be celebrated in prayers and remembrance of the deceased

Story by  Eman Sakina | Posted by  Aasha Khosa | Date 23-02-2024
A family in Hyderbabad lights candles on the grave of their loved one (FILE)
A family in Hyderbabad lights candles on the grave of their loved one (FILE)


Eman Sakina

The eighth month of the Islamic calendar, Shaban holds significance for Muslims. The Prophet says, “Shaban is my month and Ramzan is the month of Allah.” The whole month is full of blessings, but there is a night when the mercy of our Creator is at its peak. And that is the fifteenth night, and it is known as Laila-tul-Bara’at in Arabic and Shab-e-Barat in Urdu.

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It is stated that on this blessed night, Hazrat Ali would come out of his home. Once as usual he came out and looked towards the heavens and said," On this night Dawood the Prophet of Allah looked towards the heavens and said: "This is the time if one prays for something, no matter whatsoever, Allah will grant him."

Shab-e-Barat, the Night of Forgiveness, holds a special place in the hearts of Muslims worldwide. It is a time of spiritual reflection, repentance, and seeking forgiveness from the Almighty. As the 15th night of Sha'ban approaches, Muslims eagerly prepare to observe this auspicious occasion in various ways. Here's a guide on how to celebrate Shab-e-Barat with devotion and sincerity:

Engage in Prayer and Worship: Spend the night in prayer and supplication. Offer extra prayers, including Nawafil (voluntary prayers), Tahajjud (night prayer), and recitation of the Quran. Seek forgiveness for past sins and ask for guidance and blessings for the future.

Makkah Masjid of Hyderabad decorated on the occasion of Shab-e-barat

Seek Forgiveness: Reflect on your actions and seek forgiveness from Allah for any wrongdoing. Repent sincerely and make a firm intention to avoid repeating those mistakes. Remember that Allah's mercy is vast, and this night offers a perfect opportunity for redemption.

Visit Graves: In some cultures, visiting the graves of loved ones is a common practice on Shab-e-Barat. Offer prayers for the deceased and seek forgiveness on their behalf. It is a time to remember and honor the departed souls while praying for their peace and forgiveness.

Charity and Generosity: Show kindness and generosity towards others by giving charity and helping those in need. Whether it's feeding the hungry, donating to a worthy cause, or assisting the less fortunate, practicing acts of charity on Shab-e-Barat is highly rewarding and reflects the spirit of compassion in Islam.

Family and Community Bonding: Gather with family and friends to observe Shab-e-Barat together. Share meals, exchange greetings, and discuss the significance of the night. Strengthen the bonds of kinship and foster a sense of unity within the community.

Reflect and Set Intentions: Take this opportunity to reflect on your spiritual journey and set intentions for self-improvement in the coming year. Identify areas for growth, whether it's increasing acts of worship, improving character, or strengthening faith. Make a sincere commitment to Allah to strive towards becoming a better Muslim.


A scene at a graveyard in Srinagar on Shab-e-barat

Stay Awake in Prayer: Many Muslims stay awake throughout the night, engaging in worship and remembrance of Allah. While staying awake the entire night is not obligatory, dedicating a portion of the night to prayer and reflection is highly encouraged.Recite Special Duas and Surahs: Throughout the night, recite special prayers (duas) and chapters from the Quran, such as Surah Yasin and Surah Al-Mulk. These chapters hold great significance and are believed to bring blessings and protection to those who recite them.

Avoid Unnecessary Activities: Refrain from engaging in activities that are frivolous or wasteful during this sacred night. Instead, focus your time and energy on acts of worship and devotion that draw you closer to Allah.

Express Gratitude: Take a moment to express gratitude to Allah for His countless blessings and mercy. Recognize the privilege of witnessing another Shab-e-Barat and use it as an opportunity to strengthen your faith and renew your commitment to Islam.

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In conclusion, celebrating Shab-e-Barat is a deeply personal and spiritual experience for Muslims. It is a night of reflection, repentance, and renewal, offering a chance to seek forgiveness, express gratitude, and strengthen one's relationship with the Creator. By observing this blessed night with sincerity and devotion, Muslims can reap the spiritual benefits and blessings it offers. May Allah accept our prayers and grant us forgiveness and guidance on this auspicious occasion.