It is believed that on this day Allah frees many people from hell. Due to these importance of this festival, this festival of Shab-e-Barat is celebrated with so much fervor by the Muslims all over the world.
In the year 2021, the festival of Shab-e-Barat will be celebrated from 28 March, Sunday to 29 March, Monday.
Shab-e-Barat 2019 Special
Like every year, this year also the holy festival of Shab-e-Barat was celebrated. Preparations were being made for this special day many days in advance. On this day, processions were taken out by the people and prayers were offered in the graveyards. In the joy of this festival, thousands of people gathered in Rohtas, Bihar to participate in the Urs fair on the occasion of Shab-e-Barat. Along with this, special prayers were offered by the people at the mosques and Fatiha was also read.
Similarly, on the occasion of Shab-e-Barat on Saturday night, a procession was organized on the square of the cemetery at Miragate on behalf of Dawate Islami Hind in Bundi, Rajasthan. During this, Maulana Javed Mil Dulani appealed to the people to give good education to their children so that they could become a capable person by reading and writing. Along with this, he also appealed to the youth not to riot and stunt on the festival of worship.
Stunts did not stop even this year
Every year on the occasion of Shab-e-Barat, people are warned by the administration not to drive at high speed and not to do stunts, but this time too many youths involved in the procession did not deter their antics and rioted fiercely. During stunts, the police also took action against 14 people and seized 11 bikes. Similarly, in the capital Delhi, hundreds of people were fined for breaking traffic rules by performing stunts on the day of Shab-e-Barat.
Why is Shab-e-Barat celebrated? (Why Do We Celebrate Shab-e Barat)
The festival of Shab-e-Barat has a very important place in Islam. According to the Muslim calendar, after the sunset on the 14th of the month of Sha’ban, this festival is celebrated with great pomp in different countries around the world. This night is considered very glorified and important in Muslim religion. On this day people go to the cemeteries along with mosques to offer prayers.
It is believed that on this day, along with the preparation of the account of the deeds done in the previous year, the fate of the coming year is also decided. This is the reason why this day has got such an important place in the Islamic community.
On this day people spend their time in the prayer of Allah. Along with this, there is also a huge crowd of people offering prayers in mosques on this day. According to Islamic beliefs, the festival of Shab-e-Barat is a festival of worship and recitation.
On this day, Allah records the good and bad deeds of his servants and also frees many people from hell. This is the reason why this day is celebrated with so much fervor by the people of the Muslim community.
How Shab-e-Barat is Celebrated – Custom and Tradition of Shab-e Barat
Like every festival, the festival of Shab-e-Barat also has its own special way of celebrating. Special decorations are done in mosques and cemeteries on this day. Along with this, lamps are also lit in homes and people spend their time praying because on this day there is a special importance of praying, praying. It is believed that on this day, worshiping God at night and asking for forgiveness of one’s sins gives very good results because this day is considered as the day of reckoning for sins and virtues.
Therefore, on this day, people ask Allah for forgiveness for the sins and omissions committed in their previous year, and ask for blessings for the coming year. Along with this, special decorations are also done in the cemeteries on this day and lamps are lit because it is believed that on this day many souls are freed from hell by Allah. It is believed that on this special night of blessings, the work to be done for the whole year is decided by Allah and many works are entrusted to the angels.
Along with this, there is also a special tradition of eating pudding by the people on this day, it is believed that on this date one of Muhammad’s teeth was broken in the battle of Uhud. Due to which he had eaten pudding on this day, this is the reason why people must eat halwa on this day because eating halwa on this day is considered a Sunnah.
Modern Tradition of Shab e-Barat
Like every festival, in today’s time, many changes have taken place in the festival of Shab-e-Barat. Although many changes in these are very good and are going to increase the popularity of this festival, but with this, some such evils have also been added to this festival, which works to put a discount on the reputation of this important festival. In today’s time, the grandeur of this festival has increased a lot as compared to earlier. On this day, special decorations are seen in mosques and cemeteries and people visit the graves of their elders and family members in the cemeteries and light lamps. –
This is the reason that on this day the cemeteries are also illuminated with light and here people get to see a fair. However, along with this, many Kurutis have also been added to this festival of Shab-e-Barat, which is doing the work of putting a discount on the credibility of this festival. Although this day has been known as the day of worship of God and remembering his elders, but in today’s time, fireworks and dangerous bike stunts are done by youth in Muslim dominated areas and public places on this day. Which not only spoils the image of this festival but also becomes a cause of danger for the common people. –
Many times these things have been explained to the people by Maulanas and Islamic scholars, but these things are not paid attention to by the people. We have to understand that the festival of Shab-e-Barat is a day of worship of God and not of fireworks and dangerous stunts, at the same time we should make maximum efforts that we celebrate this festival of Shab-e-Barat. Maintain the traditional form of the festival so that this festival can become popular among the people of other religions as well.
Significance of Shab-e Barat
The festival of Shab-e-Barat has a very important place in Islam. It is believed that on this festival celebrated after sunset on the 14th of Sha’ban month, Allah frees many people from hell. On this night, people of Muslim religion go to the cemetery to pray for the salvation of their dead relatives and pray to Allah for their salvation.
Along with this, on this day people also ask their Allah for forgiveness for their sins and spend this day worshiping Allah and doing Ziyarat in the cemetery and donating according to their status. This is the reason why this day has such an important place in Islam.
History of Shab e Barat
There are many beliefs and stories about the festival of Shab-e-Barat. This festival has a very important place in Islam, the greatness of this festival has been described in the Quran and Hadith itself, although people of both Shia and Sunni sects have different views on celebrating this festival. People of the Sunni sect celebrate that on this day Allah records the sins and virtues of the people throughout the year. On the other hand, people of the Shia sect celebrate this day as the birthday of the last Imam of the Shia sect, Muhammad al-Mahdi.
Sunni sect’s belief related to Shab-e-Barat
It is believed by the Sunni sect of Islam that the Prophet Muhammad, the Prophet of Allah, had lost his tooth in the battle of Uhud. Due to which he had eaten pudding that day, hence eating halwa on this day was considered Sunnah and very auspicious. This is the reason why people definitely eat pudding on this day. It is said that on this day Allah writes the fate of the coming year and records the past year’s sins and virtues.
Shia sect’s belief related to Shab-e-Barat
According to the beliefs of the Shia sect of Islam, on this day the last Shia Imam Muhammad al-Mahidi was born. This day is celebrated as a celebration by the people of the Shia sect and houses are decorated, lamps are lit in mosques and religious activities like Namaz, Roza and Prarthana are followed. It is celebrated with great pomp on this day due to the birthday of the last Imam of the Shia sect, Mohammed Al-Mahidi.