May 16, 2016
|Last Year Celebrated on|| 27th May
|Present Year will be celebrated on||16th May|
|Next Tear will be celebrated on|
Shab E-Barat is one of the most auspicious occasions for the Muslim community around the world. The festival is regarded as the night when fortunes of men are decided for the coming future. It is also believed that Allah (God) forgives the sinners on this night. The festival is celebrated in all the major countries around the globe including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Kirghistan. The Sha’ban is celebrated in the eighth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. The fifteenth night of this month is known as Laylatul Bara’ah or Laylatun Nisfe min Sha’ban in the Arab while in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Afghanistan, etc., it is known as Shab-e-barat.
Why It Is Celebrated?
There are several believes behind celebrating this festival. According to one believe people say in Surah al-Dukhan there is a reference to this night which depicts that Allah says” Is there anyone who seeks forgiveness so that I may forgive him? Is there anyone who seeks sustenance so that I may grant him sustenance? Is there anyone who seeks freedom from his problems so that I may remove his problems?”
While according to another believe in the second year of Hijrah, the direction of Qiblah was changed from Jerusalem to Kabah also known as Makkah on the fifteenth day of Sha’ban.
There are also some superstitions associated with this day like people believe that spirits visit their relatives on this night. While some believes that there is a sacred tree in the heaven having names of human beings written on its leaves, whatever leaves drop on this night from the tree, those people are destined to die this year.
How it is celebrated?
The festival is celebrated in different ways in different countries. Like in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Kirghistan Muslim people prepare sweets especially halwa or jarda and distribute them to their neighbors, friends, relatives and poor people. In Iraq childrens are given candies as they walk to their neighbourhood.