The night of Laylatul Bara’ah
Tonight I was rushing for time. It was almost Maghrieb time and I had just got home from a day out. I arrived to a beautifully lit masjid with colourful lights. As I stepped inside, I was greeted with the scent of incense filling the masjid. We performed Magrieb and then the most amazing thing happened and I was their to experience it for the first time. A young man wanted to revert to Islam! He said his Shahaada on this night. What a way to start your journey, on the night when you start on a clean slate, Masha-Allah.
We recited Surah Yaseen thrice, with 2 rakaats salaah after each recital as well as a dua. Thereafter, we performed Esha and had naat recitals followed by the salawaat. I love the salawaat and salaami. Everyone stands and recites together and it is so spiritually uplifting. You leave the masjid feeling so much lighter and calmer 🙂
The 15th of Sha’baan, known as Laylatul Bara’ah or Shab-E-Baraat is the night of salvation. It also falls two weeks before the blessed month of Ramadaan.
Significance of Laylatul Bara’ah
It is regarded as the night where your sins for the previous year may be forgiven and a “new book is opened” for the coming year. This night is spent in recital of the holy Quran, attending masjid and taking part in Ibadaat. It is the night where we repent for our sins and seek mercy from Allah for the past year. Some Muslims observe fasting on this day too.
Hadith by our Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W.)
The Prophet (saws) mentioned in a hadith, “Rajab is the month of Allah, Sha`ban is my month and Ramadan is the month of the Nation”.
I would like to end off by saying…
The night of salvation, 15th of Sha’baan is upon us:
If I’ve hurt you…
If I’ve ignored you…
If I’ve teased you…
If I’ve ever upset you…
If I was not able to prove myself as a good person. The list of names of people who will die this year is given to the angel of death, Izraeel (A.S) tonight and this may be my last year. Please forgive me.
May Allah keep us on the right path.