Shab e Baraat (Night of 15th of Shabaan)
The night of the 15th of Sha’ban
If a person wants to fill a container he will first ensure that the container is clean. If the container is not clean he will first clean the container then he will fill it up. Likewise, if we want to fill his heart with the blessings of Ramadhān then we will first have to clean our hearts. If we are not prepared to fill ordinary water in a dirty glass how then we expect to fill a dirty heart with the pure blessings and mercies of the blessed month of Ramadhān?
Allāh through His infinite mercy blessed us with the night of emancipation, the night of the 15th of Sha’bān so that we may clean and purify our hearts so that when Ramadhān comes we are able to fill our hearts with the immense goodness it brings along.
The night of the 15th of Sha’bān is a night of turning to Allāh in repentance. It is also an opportunity to patch up with fellow human beings. It is an occasion to clean up our hearts so that when Ramadhān comes we are ready to fill up our hearts and gain maximum benefit from this auspicious month.
We are thought in the aḥādīth that on this night Allāh forgives His entire creation except those who ascribe partners unto Him. Another narration mentions that Allāh forgives so many people on this night as to the amount of wool on the sheep of the tribe named Kalb.
Du’ā To Be Recited On This Night
أَعُوْذُ بِعَفْوِكَ مِنْ عِقَابِكَ وَأَعُوْذُ بِرِضَاكَ مِنْ سَخَطِكَ وَأَعُوْذُ بِكَ مِنْكَ إِلَيْكَ لَا أُحْصِيْ ثَنَاءً عَلَيْكَ أَنْتَ كَمَا أَثْنَيْتَ عَلىَ نَفْسِكَ
I seek protection in Your forgiveness from Your punishment And I seek protection in Your happiness from Your anger
And I seek protection in You from You I am unable to praise You. You are as You praised Yourself.