Today is holy 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 is a glorious, significant and sacramental night.
The Persian word ‘Shab’ means night. And the Baraat means freedom, salvation, exemption, holiness etc. So Shab e Barat literally means – freedom, release and exemption of night. It is not unreasonable to call this night as Laylatul Baraat or Shabay, because Allah forgives the sinners, and rescues them from hell. Also Shab e Barat is a night in the month of Shaban which many Muslims revere as the night of forgiveness and pray the whole night asking Allah (SWT) to bestow them with His blessings. Shab e Barat is celebrated mid-Shaban, on the night in between the 14th and 15th of Shaban.
In this holy night Muslims People stay up all night and offer voluntary prayers (Nafl), reading Quran and asking Allah to forgive any sins they might’ve committed in the past days. Also many people will fast on the day after the Shab e-Barat night. Different countries people have different ways of celebrating the day. Many believe that Allah writes destinies for the coming year, taking into account their past actions so they ask his mercy for any transgressions.