Shab-e-Baraat 2021: Date, Significance and Facts about this Holy Night

The Muslim community celebrates the day of Shab-e-Baraat as it is believed that Allah forgives all the sins on the night and also decided people’s fortune for the year ahead. The day is also known as Shab-e-Raat, Bara’a Night, and Mid-Sha’ban.

The day is observed across the world on the night between the 14 and 15 of Sha’aban, the eighth month of the Islamic calendar. Shab-e-Barat is observed 15 days prior to the holy month of Ramadan or Ramzan.

Shab-e-Baraat 2021 Date in India

The 15th of Shabaan will begin after the sun sets on Sunday, March 28, 2021. The Shab-e-Barat will be observed until the next sunset, i.e. the evening of Monday, March 29, 2021.

Shab-e-Baraat 2021 Celebrations and Significance

The festival of Shab-e-Barat is celebrated with pomp and enthusiasm by Muslims, mainly in South Asia. According to some Sunni Islam traditions, this night is called Shab-e-Bara’at (“the night of freedom”) because Allah frees His sinful servants who were destined for Hell. A person’s life in the coming year, his sustenance, and whether he will have the opportunity to perform Hajj (pilgrimage) shall be decided on this night.

The Muslim community members have a tradition of visiting Mosques and graveyards on the day.

In many regions, this is also a night when prayers are arranged to ask Allah to forgive one’s deceased ancestors. Additionally, Twelver Shia Muslims commemorate the birthday of Muhammad al-Mahdi on this date. Salafi adherents oppose the recognition of Mid-Sha’ban as exceptional for prayer.

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