Shab-Barat

Shab-Barat

14th day of Islamic month of Sha'ban
Shab-Barat (or Shab-i-Barat, Shaaban ) is a time when Muslims—particularly those in India and Pakistan—ask Allah to forgive the people they know who have died. They often spend the night in mosques praying and reading the Qur'an, and they visit graveyards to pray for the souls of their friends and ancestors. They also celebrate Allah's mercy by setting off fireworks, illuminating the outsides of their mosques, and giving food to the poor.
Also known as Laylat al-Bara'ah, or the Night of Forgiveness, Shab-Barat is a time of intense prayer in preparing for Ramadan, for it is believed that this is the night on which God fixes the destinies of humans for the coming year and sins are absolved.
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