Shab-E-Barat: Prayers for forgiveness

Shab-E-Barat: Prayers for forgiveness

India is a home of many religions and cultures; every religion celebrates their specific festivals. Muslim community also contributes to Indian population. Muslims from across the world commemorate the festival of Shab-e-Barat with splendor and zest. They believe that the god writes the future of all men by accounting for all the past deeds committed by them on the night of Shab-e-Barat. Basically, Shab-e-Barat means the night of forgiveness or Day of Atonement, Shias see it as the night on which their 12th and last Imam, Imam Muhammad Abul Qasim has been born.

The festival is observed on the 14th or 15th day of Sha’ban, the eighth month of the Islamic calendar.

This year Shab-e-Barat or Mid-Sha’ban 2022 will begin in the evening of March 18 and end in the evening of March 19.

Shab-E-Barat: Prayers for forgiveness

People pray to god and recite holy Quran whole night to forgive them for their evil deeds. They visit graveyard early in the morning and offer flowers, read fateha for the peace of the near one’s departed souls.

The festival is feted on thirteenth or fourteenth day of Sha’ban month of Islamic calendar or fifteen days before the commencement of Ramadan. The festival is also known as Boraks Nigh.

Shab-e-Barat‘ is a Persian word composed of two distinct words, ‘Shab’ which means night and ‘Barat’ which means ‘the night of payment or assignment’ in Persian. In Arabic the day is known as Lailatul Bara at, meaning the night of liberation.

The Prophet visits each house and eases the troubles of suffering humanity on this night. According to the legend associated with Shab-e-barat a special tree in heaven has the names of all mankind on its leaves and if a leaf with the name of a person falls this night, then it is strongly believed that he / she is destined to die the same year.

Also it is said that this night of Shab-e-Barat also adore the entry of Muhammad into the city of sanctum Mecca.


A night of atonement, on this day, it is believed that the Almighty forgives sins of those who pray and reward them with fortune for the whole year. Muslims believe that on the night of Shab-e-Barat, God writes the destinies of all men and women for the coming year by taking into account the deeds they committed in the past.


It is believed that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) entered the city of Makkah on this day. Another belief has it that Prophet Muhammad’s wife, Hazrat Aisha Siddiqa went out in search of him when she found him missing on this night. Later, she found him in Medina’s cemetery, praying for the forgiveness of the deceased for a long time.

Shab-e-Barat Celebrations:

All the mosques were lighted with string of colorful bulbs and papers, cellophane. Mosques were packed with devotees and they offer prayers. The sparkles of crackers looks like stars which increases the beauty of the dark sky. Thousands of candles and strands of electric bulbs light up the houses and streets and thus create a joyful ambiance.

The Holy Quran is recited and spiritual songs are sung all through the night of Shab-e-Barat.

All the people relish the mouth-watering delicacy, Sevaiyan or vermicelli. Rich people generously donate money, clothes and goodies to the needy in the name of their deceased near and dear ones. Generally it is believed that if certain person pray all night and seek forgiveness of his bad deeds, he will be forgiven. Some Muslim keeps fast and deliver nafal (optional prayer) at night.

Shab-e-Barat Best Wishes, Messages And Greetings

  • May mercy, blessing, benefit, pardon and forgiveness descend upon the people of the earth on this occasion of this Shab-e-Barat.
  • May Allah shower his countless blessings on you and your family on this occasion of Shab-e-Barat.
  • If you can forgive yourself, then you can forgive everyone. This is the best gift that you can give yourself this Shab-e-Barat.
  • On this Shab-e-Barat night, let us focus on prayers and remember to be thankful to Allah.
  • On this night, Allah decides people’s fortune, their sustenance and whether they will have the opportunity to perform Hajj.
  • Allah, you have given me a beautiful life and a blessed night. Please bless me with a brighter future.
  • Shab-e-Barat night is the night of blessings and forgiveness. So, focus on your prayers and say thanks to Allah Pak.
  • May Allah bless us all and forgive us for any shortcomings on this occasion of Shab-e-Barat.
  • On this blessed night, may Allah provide you with comfort, happiness, and a heart to help other people.

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