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Laylatul Bara'ah: The 15th Night Of Sha'ban

In the Name of Allah and Blessings and Peace upon the Final Messenger Muhammad (Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wa Sallam) 

Laylatul Bara'ah: The 15th Night Of Sha'ban 

The Month Of Sha'ban 

Sha'ban is the eighth month of Hijri calendar and Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be upon Him) said, "Sha'ban A month to which people do not pay attention, between Rajab and Ramadan, and it is a month in which deeds are lifted up to the Lord of the Worlds. I like for my deeds to be lifted up when I am fasting. - (Sunan Nasai)

The Night of Bara'ah (Shab-e-Bar'at)
 
Sha'ban consists of a night which is termed as Laylatul Bara'ah. This is the night occurring between 14th and 15th day of Sha'ban. Traditions of Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), show that it is a meritorious night in which the people of the earth are attended by special divine mercy. 

The Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) said

When the night of 15th Shabaan arrives spend the night awake and keep fast the next day”. 
‚Äč(Sunan Ibn Majah 1388) 

Recommendation for this night include: 

(a) Salah - increase voluntary nawafil prayers.
(b) Recitation of the Qur’an & translation of its meaning.
(c) Dhikr (remembrance of Allah) & salawat upon the Prophet (S)
(d) Du'a.

Although not mentioned directly in the Qur'an, two ayaat are sometimes ascribed to Mid-Sha‘ban:

"Indeed, We sent it down during a blessed night. Indeed, We were to warn [mankind] On that night is made distinct every precise matter."  - (Qur'an 44:3–4)

Who Are Deprived Of Mercy On This Night: 

Allah forgives all muslim in this night besides 

  • those who commit Shirk, 
  • the fortune tellers, 
  • the magicians, the alcoholics, 
  • those who disrespect their parents and 
  • those who deal in usury (Riba).

So we must be careful of these sins before advent of this blessed night and seek "Touba" from Allah and deserve of Divine mercy.

Fast Of The 15th Sha'ban:

To keep fast the next day of 15th Sha'ban is Mustahab (Advisable) as mentioned in Sunan Ibn Majah Narrated by Hadhrat Ali (R.A).

The Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) said “When the night of 15th Sha'ban arrives spend the night awake and keep fast the next day”. (Sunan Ibn Majah 1388)

Approximate Dates For 1439 H (2018):

(Based On Makkah & Madinah)

Night of 15 Sha'ban :  Monday Night 30 April 2018

First Night of Ramadan : Tuesday Night 15 May 2018

First Fast : Wednesday 16 May 2018

(Please Check Your Local Moon Sighting for exact dates in your Town/City)

Note: 

Although many of the Ahadith are Classed as weak, many of the scholars have been compelled to accept that this night does possess some virtue, due to the sheer large number of ahadith available.

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