What is Shab-e-barat?
Every year, Shab-e-Barat is observed on the night between the 14 and 15 of Sha'aban, the eighth month of the Islamic calendar. Shab-e-Barat means the night of forgiveness, It is considered to be the night when God forgives sinners.
In various places, it is a common practice to offer prayers to Allah for forgiveness on behalf of the deceased, for themselves and to request Allah to erase the previous years sins. This is why people also visit graves of their loved ones, and offer prayers and light candles at the graves. This is also why many many people pray all night upto dawn.
I wish the same effort was for Laylatul Qadr.
There is no such thing as Shab-e-barat. If life was so easy, couldn’t we have just sinned a whole year and ask for forgiveness for one night?
There would have never been anything known as Day of judgement in this case. “Get judged for what? I’m anyways clear of all sins since I prayed the whole night on shab-e-barath”. Fasting on this day is bidah.
Praying solely the whole night for this reason is Bidah.
Visiting graves, doing Fatiha, celebrating, IS ALL BIDAH!
Our elders maybe arrogant enough to deny it and will pursue to light candles on graves and pray all night. You know the truth now. Even after this if you do perform and celebrate it, then that’s between you and Allah.
But if you want to change yourself, don’t partake in this bidah this year. You can pray, you can do the sunnah fasts(Monday, Thursday) just don’t do it tonight to perform in this innovation.
Let’s go ahead and educate others on this. Be the change this year and give up false practices.
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