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Humans worship Allah Almighty and He
rewards the efforts of the worshippers. But
there are some special occasions when one’s
heart gets softened and one naturally feels
more inclined to His obedience. The softness
of hearts deepens as well. On such occasions,
the very environment seems emitting spiritual
enjoyment. Shab-e-Barat is one such occasion.
Literally, Shab-e-Barat means the night of
salvation or the night of freedom from the Fire
of Hell. It occurs in Mid-Shaban – between
the 14th and 15th day of Shaban. This night,
known as Shab-e-Barat or Laylat-ul-Baraa, is
called Laylatun Nisf min Shaban in Arabic. The
blessed night starts at sunset on the 14th and
ends at dawn on the 15th.
The Muslims observe Mid-Shaban as a night
of worship and salvation. Some spend the
whole night awake and some worship half of
it. We should not be negligent on this
occasion, because people are shown grace on
this auspicious night. During this night,
traditions of the Messenger tell us, Allah
determines the destiny of all people, including
whether a person is to live or die in the
coming year.
For the proof of the merit of Shab-e-Barat,
the following verses of the Holy Qur’an are
cited:
“Surely, We have sent it (the Holy Qur’an)
down in a blessed night. Surely, We are the
Warner. In this (night) judgment is given on all
matters of wisdom (separately) by Our
Command.” (Sura ad-Dukhan, 44:3-5)
Imam Qurtubi and Imam Jalal-ud-Din Suyuti
hold that the verses refer to Laylatun Nisf min
Shaban or Shab-e-Barat.
The whole of the month of Shaban is
meritorious. Its excellent merit is evident from
a tradition narrated by Aisha, the mother of
the faithful: “The Prophet did not fast in any
month more than Shaban.” (Sahih Bukhari)
Though fasts were not obligatory on him, the
Prophet, yet he observed them most of the
month.
The special merit is attached to Shab-e-Barat.
Aisha, the mother of the faithful, also reported:
“The Prophet said: ‘On the middle night of
Shaban (that is, Shab-e...


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