Laylat al Baraah (Arabic: ليلة البارات also laylat al baraat) means the night of records, the night of assignment and the night of deliverance, the Night of Salvation. This is the night when Allah writes the destiny of the next coming year for every people.
When is Laylat al Baraah in 2014?
This night is celebrated on the 15th of the month of Shaaban of Islamic calendar. Lailat al Bara’a in 2014 is on Saturday, the 14rd of June.
In the Muslim calendar, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Muslims will celebrate Lailat al Bara’ah on the sunset of Friday, the 13nd of June. Although the date of Laylat al Baraah in Islamic calendar is on the same day 15th Shabaan, the date on Gregorian calendar varies year to year approximately 10 to 11 days since the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar and Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar.
Other names of Laylat al Baraah
- Lailat al-Du’a (Arabic: ليلة الدعاء)
- Nim Sha’ban in Afghanistan and Iran.
- Nisf Sha’ban (Arabic: نصف شعبان) in Arabic speaking countries.
- Nisfu Sya’ban in Malay speaking countries.
- Shab e Baraat in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran and Afghanistan.
- Berat Kandili in Turkish
Significance of Laylatul Bara’ah
In this night, the fate is written for the next coming year. Muslim traditions affirm that this night is indeed a very special night, on which Allah opens the doors of forgiveness and mercy, sealing the destinies of all souls, including those who will die in the coming year. It is the special night of seeking mercy and repenting to Allah. Also to commit sincerely that one will never commit sins in the future.
A person’s life in the coming year, his sustenance is been decided on this night. The names of the souls of all those who are to be born and of all those who are to be departed from this world are determined in this night by the almighty Allah. So, this night is to seek mercy from Allah for the past year and seek a sin free life for the coming year.
Observance of Laylatul Bara’ah
Observance of Laylatul Bara’ah starts immediately after the sunset. Muslims pass the whole night in worship and salvation. By reciting the holy Quran, offering Salah, praying and other Ibadat (Worship) Muslims pass this night.
This occasion is celebrated with great respect and enthusiasm in all over South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Central Asia including Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Kirghizstan. Some countries declare national holiday on this occasion.