What is 15th Shaban (Shab-e-Barat)?
Shaban is a precious month for several reasons – specifically, it is an opportunity to prepare for Ramadan, and due to the fact that it has been narrated that on 15th Shaban (Shab-e-Barat) in particular, Allah (SWT) raises the deeds of his servants. Therefore, it is a revered day for many Muslims, who are encouraged to perform extra acts of sincere worship.
Many scholars consider the 15th Shaban, also referred to as mid-Shaban, to be a significant day of worship. However, other scholars do not believe that this particular month or day has any sort of significance from an Islamic perspective.
What is Shab-e-Barat?
Many south-Asian communities also refer to the night of 15th Shaban as Shab-e-Barat. In English, it translates to night of forgiveness or night of salvation. Likewise, other communities also refer to the night of the 15th Shaban (Shab-e-Barat) as Laylat al-Bara’at or Laylat an-Nisf.
When is 15th Sha’ban 2023?
15th Shaban (Shab-e-Barat) will occur on 7th March 2023.
What is the significance of the night of the 15th Shaban (Shab-e-Barat)?
It is considered by many, that one of the greatest nights of the year for ibaadah (worship) is on the 15th Shaban (Shab-e-Barat).
Most importantly, the significance of 15th Shaban (Shab-e-Barat) rests in the belief that Allah (SWT) raises the deeds of his servants on this day.
The 15th Sha’ban is also an opportunity for seeking Allah’s mercy and being forgiven for past and future sins, as well as one’s need being fulfilled if we turn to Allah.
The Prophet (PBUH) said, on the 15th of Shaban, from sunset until dawn, Allah asks His servants, ′Is there anyone seeking forgiveness from Me so that I may forgive him? Is there anyone seeking provision from Me so I may provide for him? Is there anyone suffering so I may relieve his suffering? ′ [Ibn Majah]*.
The Prophet (PBUH) said, ′Allah gazes at His creation on the fifteenth night of Sha’ban and then forgives all His slaves except for two types of people: those who attribute partners to Allah and those who have rancour for their fellow Muslims’. [Ahmad]*
Many Muslims also believe that on the night of 15th Sha’ban, Allah brings down people’s destiny from the heavens for the year ahead.
We should aim to spend the night in the most virtuous way possible due to the 15th Sha’ban importance in Islam.
*It is important to note that there is a difference in opinion on the authenticity of the above Hadiths, which is why a number of scholars mention that there is no confirmed benefit on this night.