Shab e Barat is the Mid-Sha’ban in the Arabic Calendar. In 2018 Shab e-Barat will begin in the evening of Tuesday, May 1 and ends in the evening of Wednesday, May 2. Dates may vary in accordance of the moon. This night is also known as Lailatul Barat.
Many Muslims revere Shab e Barat as the night of forgiveness and pray the whole night asking Allah (SWT) to give them with His blessings. On the night in between the 14th and 15th of Sha’ban Shab e Barat is celebrated.
People stay up all night and offer voluntary prayers (Nafl), asking Allah (SWT) to forgive any sins they might’ve committed in the past.
Different countries have different ways of celebrating the day. Different countries has a different name for it. In South Asia, it is known as Shab e Barat. In Iran, it is called Nim Sha’ban. It is referred to as Nisfy Sya’ban in Malay speaking countries while in Turkey it is known as Berat Kandili.
People of Middle Eastern countries normally do not celebrate the night. In Bangladesh previously celebrated date has been given:
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|Sat||Jun 14||2014||Shab e-Barat||Public Holiday|
|Tue||Jun 2||2015||Shab e-Barat||Public Holiday|
|Mon||May 23||2016||Shab e-Barat||Public Holiday|
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|Mon||May 1||2018||Shab e-Barat||Public Holiday|
Sunni Muslims believe it to be the night when Allah (SWT) saved Prophet Nuh (AS) and his ark from the flood. On the other hand, Shia Muslims believe it to be the day when the 12th Shia Imam, Muhammad al-Mahdi, was born.
Though there are no Ahadith or verses in the Quran that clearly point out or talk about the significance of the night however many people, especially in South Asia celebrate the night, spending the time in worship of Allah (SWT).