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Shab-e-Baarat or Night of Salvation (15th Night of Sha’ban): When Prayers Are Granted and God’s Blessings Are Showered



By Misbahul Huda, New Age Islam

12 June 2014

Shab-e-Barat (Night of Salvation) falls on the 15th of the Islamic month of Shaa’ban. In a number of Hadiths, the importance of this night has been stressed. For Muslims, this night brings them hope for salvation, a better life in the world and in the Hereafter. They believe that supplications and prayers offered in this night do not go unanswered. God’s blessings are showered on the the devotees the whole night.

Abu Umamah (r.a) narrates that the Beloved and Blessed Prophet (pbuh) has said: ‘There are five nights in which Supplications (Du’a) are not rejected: the first night of Rajab, the 15th night of Sha’ban, the night between Thursday and Friday, the night of Eid-ul-Fitr and the night of Eid-ul-Adha (10th of Zul-Hijja). [Tarikh Dimishq li-ibn 'Asakir, Vol. 10, Page 408]

As the month of Sha’ban is in progress, it would be appropriate and relevant to shed light on the bounties and blessings that are showered by God on Muslims in this Islamic month of ‘Sha’ban’.

According to prophetic sayings, the 15th night of Sha’ban is very blessed and full of God's bounties. In this night, God Almighty forgives his slaves generously, that is why, this night is popularly known as Laylat ul Bara'at, and Shab e Bara’at that means the Night of Salvation.

In this blissful night we Muslims should seek pardon and forgiveness from God Almighty, recalling our past sins with a firm determination that it will not happen again in the future. Before observing this night, Muslims should forgive the wrongdoings and transgressions of the others and debts must be settled.

 God’s Countless Blessings and Bounties in This Night

Beloved Prophet (pbuh) is reported to have said: "Verily! Almighty Allah directs His Special Grace on the world on this Night. He forgives my Ummah more than the number of wool that is found on the sheep of the Bani Kalb". It is interesting to know, that in those days the Bani Kalb possessed the most number of sheep that any other tribe.

He also said:

 ‘On the midnight of Sha’ban, Allah Almighty descends to the lowest heaven and remits more sins than the hair of the goats of Banu Kalb.’” (Jam e’ Tirmizi)

Abu Huraira {r.a} reported that beloved prophet (pbuh) said: "Gabriel came to me on the night of mid Sha'ban and said to me:"O messenger of God!  Raise your head heavenwards!" I asked him: "What night is this?" he replied: "This is the night when Allah The exalted opens three hundred of the gates of mercy, forgiving all who do not set up partners with him. The only exceptions are those who practice sorcery or divination, are addicted to wine, or persist in usury and illicit sex; He does not forgive them until they repent."


At a quarter of the night, Gabriel came down and said: O messenger of God! Raise your head "So I looked up and beheld the gates of Paradise. At the first gate an angel was calling: "Good news for those who bow in worship this night!" At the second gate an angel was calling: Good news for those who prostrate themselves in worship this night!" At the third gate an angel was calling: "Good news for those who offer supplication this night!" At the fourth gate an angel was calling: "Good news for those who make remembrance this night!"At the fifth gate an angel was calling: "Good news for those who weep this night from the fear of Allah!" At the sixth gate an angel was calling:"Good news for those who submit this night!" At the seventh gate an angel was calling: "Will anyone ask, that his request may be granted?" At the eight gate an angel was calling:"Will anyone seek forgiveness, that he may be forgiven?" the Messenger of God (pbuh) said: "O Gabriel, how long will these gates remain open?" He replied: From the beginning of the night until the break of dawn."

Who Will Be Deprived Of God’s Boundless Blessings in This Blissful Night?

The apostle of God (pbuh) said: “Almighty Allah forgives all Muslims on this night, except the fortune tellers, the magicians, the alcoholics, those who disrespect their parents and those who take part in and encourage adultery”.

In another tradition, the following people have also been mentioned:

        One who deals in usury (Riba),

        One who wears his trousers below his ankle with pride and arrogance (In Arabia, people displayed their wealth and boasted in this manner).

        One who creates disunity among two Muslims,

        The person who unjustly takes away the right and property of another Muslim and has not yet rectified himself.

All these persons are deprived of God’s boundless Mercy on this auspicious Night.

The Night of salvation (Shab-e-Bar’at) is here. In this night good and bad deeds of all servants will be presented in the Exalted Court of Allah, collectively. Allah forgives the sins of the Muslims out of his mercy and kindness except that of a few mentioned earlier. And among these are those two Muslims also who bear mutual hostility for some worldly reasons. Allah says: ‘Leave them as they are, until they mend their relations’.

On this glorious occasion Muslims should end discords and mend their relations. Fulfill the rights of their parents, neighbours, relatives and subordinates (Huquq ul Ibad). So far as rights of Allah (Huququllah) are concerned, only sincere repentance is sufficient. As it is mentioned in a Hadith:

“Whoever repents of his sin, with a firm determination to not to commit it again, is as if he has not committed the sin at all. [Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith 4250]

A regular contributor to New Age Islam, Misbahul Huda is an Alim and Fazil (Classical Islamic scholar) with a Sufi background. He has completed the classical Islamic sciences (Alimiat) from a renowned Sufi Islamic seminary Jamia Amjadia Rizvia Mau, (U.P) and holds degree of Fazilat (master) in Tafseer, Hadith, theology and Islamic jurisprudence from Jamia Manzar- e- Islam, Bareilly, U.P. He is currently pursuing graduation in Arabic (Hons) from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.