Shab-e-Baraat today

Shab-e-Baraat will be observed today with great religious fervour. Mosques will be illuminated and Ulema will deliver sermons regarding the significance of the holy night. Mehfil-e-Naat and Qirat would also be organised on the occasion and Dua will be offered.

People will also visit graveyards to offer “Fateha” and lay floral wreaths at the graves of their near and dear ones.

Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi in his Urdu book Bahishti Zewar (Heavenly Ornaments), has given significance of this night. He says, “Its significance is this that 15th night and 15th day of Shaban are very blessed ones. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), urged Muslims to stay up during the night and fast during the day. At this night the prophet used to go to the graveyard of Madinah and prayed for the dead. Therefore, it is desirable that the Muslims should pray during that night and fast during the following day. They should also seek the forgiveness of their dead either by reciting the Quran or by feeding the hungry or by giving the money in charity or by just praying for them.”

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