Shab-e-Barat 2021: Date, Rituals and Significance of ‘The Night of Forgiveness’

The festival marks the night of forgiveness and fortune. It is also known as the night of prayers. The name of the festival has two important words namely, Shab meaning night and Barat meaning innocence.
Shab-E-Barat

Shab-e-Barat 2021: Shab-e-Barat is an important festival celebrated by the people of Muslim community across the world. They celebrate this festival on the 14th and 15th night of Shabaan month.

The festival marks the night of forgiveness and fortune. It is also known as the night of prayers. The name of the festival has two important words namely, Shab meaning night and Barat meaning innocence.

When is Shab-e-Barat 2021: Date

Since Shab-e-Barat is observed on the 14th and 15th night of Shabaan, it is also known as mid-Shabaan. This year the date falls on 28 and 29 March 2021.

Shab e Barat 2021 or Laylat al-Bara‘at is from the evening of 27 March to the morning of 28 March 2021 in Saudi Arabia and other key Gulf countries such as Qatar, Oman, UAE, and Bahrain. On the other side, Shab e Barat 2021 in Pakistan and some other Asian countries such as India, Brunei, Morocco, and Bangladesh is from the evening of 29 March to the morning of 30 March 2021.

Shab-e-Barat 2021: Rituals

Once Prophet Muhammad, told his wife Hazrat Aisha that one must spend the day observing a fast and the night should be spent in worshipping the Allah.

History of Shab-e-Barat

The tradition of celebrating this holiday goes back to the Quran. While this holiday isn’t mentioned outright in the Quran, there are two verses that are associated with this holiday. “We sent it down on a blessed night. Verily, We are ever warning, Therein is decreed every matter of ordainment” – Quran 44:3–4. However, these verses also allude to the holiday with the Night Of Decree, when they are combined with the verses that follow and the paragraph is read as a whole.

Shab e Barat is believed to be a night when Allah declares fortune and forgiveness for anyone in a quest. People from around the Muslim world perform Nawafil (special/optional prayers) and ask forgiveness for themselves as well as their ancestors. People pray namaz and nawafil in their homes and mosques and pray out for desires, forgiveness, worldly and after-worldly fortunes.

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