Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Shab-e-barat ........... The Night of responsibility

What Shab-e-barat Means to Muslims
The night of Shab-e-barat is the time for begging for forgiveness. It is the day of atonement for Muslims. They pray to Allah, the Almighty to forgive the sins committed by them. They also pray to prepare themselves for the forthcoming month of Ramadan.

Some Muslims see this night as the night of good fortune. A popular legend says that on this night Prophets visits house of sincere Muslims and relieves them from their sufferings and grant good fortune.

The Accountability
Muslims celebrate the night by remaining awake whole night. They reflect deeply into their lives and check whether they are leading life in accordance to Almighty Allah.

According to Muslim teachings, “It is the night of accountability for all believers of Allah. Their performance of last one year in accordance or in the light of the teachings of the Holy Quran and Sunnah is reviewed on this night.”

Celebrations on Shab-e-barat
To mark this night, Muslims all over world illuminate their houses and mosques with lights. They perform special prayers on the holy night. Some Muslims fast on the day. They go mosques and offer “nawafil” at night. The electronic media and print media present various programmes that highlights the history and importance of this night.

A very Happy Shab-e-barat to all readers!

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