DUBAI: Shab-e Barat is an Islamic festival that is celebrated all around the globe and it is observed on the 14th and 15th night of the month of Shaaban.
The translation of Shab-e Barat is ‘The Night of Fortune and Forgiveness’ and it is observed on the 14th and 15th night of the month of Sha Aban, which is the eighth month of the Islamic Calendar. This year, Mid-Sha’ban will begin on the evening of Friday, March 18, and end on the evening of Saturday, March 19.
The festival is considered to be the one of the holy night in the Islamic calendar.
Shab-e Barat comes from the Persian language, Shab means ‘night’, and ‘Barat’ stands for salvation and forgiveness. The festival is believed to be the night when Allah decides the fate of his followers for the year to come on the basis of their past actions.
This is why the night is devoted to asking God’s mercy and forgiveness. The festival is also known as Laylat ul-Barat or Mid Shabaan. In the Arab world, it is also known as Laylat ul-Baraat.