Shab-e-Barat, night of fortune, salvation to be observed tonight

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Staff Reporter
Islamabad

Shab-e-Barat, the night of fortune, repentance and divine blessings for Muslims would be observed (today) on Monday – the night between day 14 and 15 of Sha’ban the eighth month of the Islamic calendar.

Special Nawafil, recitation of the Holy Quran and various other religious rituals are performed by people to seek blessings of Almighty Allah and forgiveness for their sins.

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.

For ascetic Muslims, this is the day of ‘divine benediction’, and, therefore, they offer prayers and fast, which is said to have greater acceptance from God. Faithfuls lit electric lights, candles or even oil lamps right from evening to whole night.

Shab-e-Barat, a great advantage of Muslims is known as Laylat-un-Nisfe min Sha’aban in the Arab world.

Different countries have different ways of celebrating this day and each has a different name for it.

Nisf Shaban is known as Shab-e-Barat in South Asia, especially in Sub-continent, Lailatul Barat in Arabic, Nisfu Syaban (Malam Nisfu Syaban) in Indonesia and Malaysia and Berat Kandili in Turkey.

Shab-e-Barat, the night of fortune, repentance and divine blessings for Muslims would be observed (today) on Monday – the night between day 14 and 15 of Sha’ban — the eighth month of the Islamic calendar, with the pledge to strictly follow Covid-19 guidelines and maintain social distance by avoiding large gatherings.

Shab-e-Barat, considered to be the holiest night of the Islamic calendar, is devoted to pleading for forgiveness for the past year and good fortune for the coming year.