Shaban is the 8th month of the Islamic calendar. Shab e Barat is one of the most celebrated events of Islamic calendar in the month of Shaban. Shab e Barat is the night of 15th of Shaban when Muslims indulge in prayers, ask Duas and praise Allah Almighty. There is a controversy among Muslims on celebration of 15th of Shaban or not. One school of thought says that the night has no or weak proof from hadith of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and Quran, hence, it should not be celebrated, the other school of thought says on the contrary.
Some of them believe this special night should be celebrated as it is the reverenced night and has considerable proof from hadith of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).The objective of this post is not to discuss whether or not the 15th Shaban night should be celebrated, the purpose of this post addresses those believers who celebrate this night by staying up at night and gives some major prayers which Muslims can undertake to gain maximum benefits from this Holy night from Almighty Allah.
A majority of
Muslims considers the night of 15th of Shaban as one of the Holiest
nights in the Muslim lunar calendar. During this special night, Muslims make
special preparations to pray at night from dusk till dawn. Moreover, Muslims
also keep fast during the consequent day as well to earn maximum rewards from
Allah Almighty. Muslims consider Shab e Barat as a chance for increased ajar,
as it is believed that praying on the night of Shab e Barat takes special
meaning and Allah Almighty blesses the rest of the year along with providing us
a good chance of forgiveness.
In order to make most of this special night, in this article we are mentioning some prayers and Duas that will help to get more blessings from Almighty Allah. Majority of prayers that are discussed below comes under the category of Nawafil. Therefore, the intention of Nafal should be kept in mind when offering the below mentioned prayers.
Salat Tasbih is one of the most renowned Nafal prayers that
carry great reward for the person who offers it. One should
offer Salat ul Tasbih the prayer of forgiveness in Shab e Barat. Make intention
for 4 Rakat, Nafal or Salat ul Tasbih to please Allah (SWT) and then start your
Nimaz in the normal way. After reciting the Sanaa, the recitation of Tasbih “Subhanallahi
Wal Hamdulillahi Walaa Ilaaha Illallahu Wallahu Akbar”. Every Rakat of Salat ul Tasbih should
have Tasbih at least 75 times.
After Maghrib prayer, which marks the start of the 15th
of Shaban, one can offer 2 Rakats of Nafal. The first Rakat should have 3 times
Surah Ikhlas and one Surah Falaq after the regular recitation of Surah Fatiha.
In the second Rakat, keep all the things same and just replace Surah Falak with
Surah Naas. After offering the prayer make dua by asking Allah Almighty for
protection of your Imaan (faith).
You can offer another 2 Rakat Nafal prayer after Maghrib
prayer. In this Nafal prayer you must recite Surah Yasin once and read the Dua
Nisf Shaban once as well. After that you can make the Dua for living a
righteous life full of piety.
One should also performdhikr in this special
night. One should recitedurood on
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), as many times as one can.
The recitation of the Holy Quran is another form of worship, which
is very benevolent in Shab e Barat. After performingSalah, or at any other time, one should recite the Holy
Quran as much as he/she can. Quran recitation in the blessed night
would definitely be a beneficial activity bringing special rewards to your
On the Holy Night of 15th Shaban, read Surat Yasin
three times between Maghrib and Isha prayer, and after each time, read the
following dua. The intention for the first reading should be for long life. The
niyyat for the second reading should be for protection from calamities.
There are many
prayers which a Muslim can offer during the night of 15th Shaban
Shab e Barat. Those who do not believe in the authenticity of the celebration
of Shab e Barat, should consider it as an ordinary night and perform regular
prayers and praise Allah Almighty without being insulting or condescending to
the others who regard this night as special.