The Night of 15th Sha'baan : Laylatul Bara'ah

Laylatul Bara'ah

(Urdu Shab-E-Baraat ) - Night Of Salvation : Freedom from Fire :

What should be done in this night?

The 15th night of Shabaan is a very blessed night. According to the Hadith Shareef, the name of this Mubarak night is "Nisfu Shabaan" which means 15th night of Shabaan. The reason for this special night to attain its name of Laylatul Baraa'ah, meaning the Night of Salvation, Night of Freedom from Azaab, Hellfire and Calamity, is that in this night the Barkah and acceptance of repentance may be accomplished. Laylatul Bara'ah in Persian, as well as in Urdu, is called Shabe Baraat.

HOW TO WELCOME THIS NIGHT
On this auspicious night, you should perform fresh Ghusal and Wudhu and perform the two Rakaat of Tahhiyatul Wudhu. In every Rakaat, after the Suratul Fatiha, you should read Ayatul Kursi once and Surah Ahad three times.

WHAT TO RECITE IMMEDIATELY AFTER SUNSET
After sunset, you should recite "La Hawla walaa Quwwata illa Billahil-Aliyil Azeem" forty times with three times Durood Shareef before and after. It is mentioned that by reciting this, Almighty Allah will forgive forty years of your sins and forty Hoors will await to serve you in Jannatul Firdous.

COUNTLESS MERCIES
Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) has stated: "Verily! Almighty Allah directs His Special Grace on the world on this Night. He forgives my Ummah more than the number of hairl that is found on the sheep of the Bani Kalb". We should remember that in those days the Bani Kalb possessed the most number of sheep than any other tribe.

THE VISITORS OF THIS NIGHT
t is narrated that the departed souls (Arwaah) of the Muslims visit the houses of their friends and relatives on this night and proclaim: "O people of the house! You stay in our houses and enjoy the wealth that we have left behind. You use our children and take work from them, please perform our Esaale Sawaab. Verily our deeds have become complete, while your record of deeds is still spread".

If the people of the house perform the Esaale Sawaab and Khatam Shareef on this night, then the Arwaah depart with the Sawaab extremely happy and overjoyed all the time making Du'a for the people.

VISITING THE CEMETERY
Hazrat Ayesha Siddiqa (radi Allahu anha) reports: "One night, which was the 15th of Shabaan, I did not find the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) in the house so I went in search of him. After a long search, I found him in Baqiah (the cemetery of Madinah) offering Du'a for the deceased and praying for their forgiveness". (Baihaqi)

A special point must be made to visit the cemetery during this night and pray for the deceased buried therein, as the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is been reported as having visited the cemetery on this night and spending a long time therein, lamenting, reading and praying for the deceased.

TO KEEP FAST
According to the Hadith Shareef which is narrated by Ibne Habaan (radi Allahu anhu) that Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said: "When the night of 15th Shabaan arrives spend the night awake and keep fast the next day".

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu) reports that the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said often in his Khutba (sermon): "O people! Lighten and cleanse your bodies by way of fasting during Shabaan, so that it shall be easy and helpful to you for the fast during Ramadaan. Whoso fasts for three days during Shabaan, all his past sins are wiped off". (Baihaqi) Fasting is also recommended on the 13th, 14th and 15th of Shabaan.

HOW TO SPEND THE NIGHT? BY DOING DHIKR ALLAH
On this night do abundant Dhikr of Allah. Perform Nawaafil, recite the Quran Shareef, recite abundant Durood Shareef, Istighfaar and Kalima Tayyibah. It is also mentioned that if one reads Surah Dukhaan seven times on this night, Almighty Allah will reward you with 70 worldly needs and 70 deeds for the Hereafter.

Each Tasbih or Du'a should begin and terminate with the recital of Durood Shareef and one who wishes for the acceptance of his Du'as should use the Wasila of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).

Hazrat Ghawth ul- Aazam, Shaykh Abdul Qaadir Jilani (radi Allahu anhu) has mentioned in his famous "Ghuniyat-ut Taalibeen" that the month of Sha'baan according to some narrations is related to Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). So, it is our duty, as the Ummah of Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) to love and respect this month more than any other month (besides Ramadaan). We should also offer abundant salutations (Salaat-o-Salaam) upon the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).

While we are praying and asking for ourselves and family, we should also remember in our Du'as the Muslim Ummah facing calamities in many parts of the world, that may Allah Ta'ala grant them the strength and Istiqaamat (steadfastness) in Deen. Aameen. May Almighty Allah guide us on the path of the Ambiya and the Awliya. Aameen.

DHIKR AND NAWAFIL FOR THE NIGHT OF 15TH SHA'BAAN : Laylatul Bara'ah (Urdu Shab-E-Baraat )

BASHARAH OF JANNAH: Sayyiduna Rasulullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said that Allah Ta'ala instructs and assigns 100 angels to the person who performs 100 Nafil Salaahs on this auspicious night - 30 of which will bring the good news of Jannah, 30 angels to protect one from the Azaab (Punishment) of (Hell), 30 to remove all misfortunes and miseries of this world and 10 angels to protect one from Shaitaan.

Performing 6 Raka's After Maghrib Offered in units of 2 Rakah's

2 RAKA'S FOR THE GUARDING OF IMAAN: After performing Maghrib Salaah, make 2 rakaahs of Nafil. After Salaam recite 21 times Sura Ikhlas, or 1 time Sura Yasiin (Chapter 36) or recite both and then for 1 time recite Du'a of Nisfu Sha'baan Dua of Sha'ban-Nisf Shaban and then finally ask Allah (swt) to protect your Imaan.

2 RAKA'S FOR BARAKAH IN RIZQ: After Maghrib Salaah, make 2 rakaahs of Nafil. After Salaam recite 21 times Sura Ikhlas, or 1 time Sura Yasiin (Chapter 36) or recite both and then for 1 time recite Du'a of Nisfu Sha'baan Dua of Sha'ban-Nisf Shaban and then finally ask Allah (swt) to increase your Rizq, give barakah in it and not to make you dependent on anyone.

2 RAKA'S FOR LONG LIFE FILLED WITH PIETY: After Salaam recite 21 times Sura Ikhlas, or 1 time Sura Yasiin (Chapter 36) or recite both and then for 1 time recite Du'a of Nisfu Sha'baan Dua of Sha'ban-Nisf Shaban and then finally make Du'a for long life filled with piety and righteousness.

REWARD FOR TEN THOUSAND GOOD DEEDS:

Anyone who performs 20 rakaahs of Nafil after Maghrib in such a way that after Surah Fatiha, recites Surah Ikhlaas 10 times in every rakaah, will be rewarded abundantly by Allah Ta'ala, and ten thousand good deeds will be recorded in his Amal Namaa (Book of Deeds).

The performing of Salaatul Tasbeeh on this night is also very virtuous.

Compiled by ISRA News Nexus Staff from various ahl as sunnah & ahl at tasawwuf resources .

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