Laylatul Bara’a

The Fifteenth Night of Sha’aban [Its Virtues And The Recommended Duties]

Auzubillahi min ash-Shaytani rrajim, Bismillahi ‘r-rahmani ‘r-rahim

     Bara’at night is the fifteen night of the blessed month of Sha’aban. That is, it is the night between its fourteenth and fifteen days. In the eternal past, before creating anything, Allahu ta’ala predestined, decreed all things. Of these, He informs His angels about everything that will happen during one year on this night. On this night also the Holy Qur’an descended on to the Lawhil mafuz. Rasulullah ‘salallahu alaihi wa sallam’ would worship and pray very much during this night.

     Of the greatest sayings of the noblest of Allah’s servants, Rasulu-karim Muhammad Mustafa {alaihi ‘s-Salam} and laylatul Bara’a the following are choosen to deepen our understanding of the reverence due to this night so that we use the night wisely in Ibadat and supplications.

    Our beloved Prophet, Sayyidna Rasulullah {sallallahu alaihi wa sallam} said;

  1. Jibrail (alaihi ‘salam) came to me and said, “Get up, perform Salat and pray! Tonight is the fifteenth night of Sha’aban.” Allahu ta’ala forgives those who respect this night. Only, He does not forgive polytheists, sorcerers, witches, misers, those who have alcoholic drinks, those who take interest and those who commit fornication.
  2. Know that Barat Night is an opportunity, a great fortune! For, it is a certain night. It is the fifteenth night of Sha’aban. Qadr night is very great, but it is not known for certain which night it is. Worship very much on this night. Or else you will repent on the Judgement Day!

     As it is seen, the value of this night is immense and worshipping much in it is commendable. As a matter of fact, our pious ancestors (alaihi mu ‘r-ridwan) encourage worshipping throughout this night if possible. If not, at least the last part of the night.

In this great night of repentance, Tilawatul Qur’an, remembrance and supplication that are answered efforts must be made to please our Merciful Owner and Creator. We do not know of any specific nafilat for the night, rather one should exert himself in nafilat salat as much as possible. We should say profuse Salawat for Allah’s most beloved {alaihi ‘s-Salam} and humbly put our request before our Karim Lord, Allahu Subhanahu wa ta’ala. Our beloved Prophet {alaihi ‘s-Salam} assured the believers of Allah’s forgiveness and His granting of request on this night.

Muslims are encouraged by noble inheritors of Rasulullah {alaihi ‘s-Salam} to endeavor to recite three Suratul Yasin on this night. The first recitation of the Yasin surah is with the intention of one being raised spiritually, that one become more obedient, more pious and more attached to the purifying and perfecting Sunnah of Allah’s Habib, hadrat Muhammad Mustafa {alaihi ‘s-Salam}

The second Yasin Surah is recited for increase in Allah’s provision and barakat  (blessing), and the third recitation is intended for protection against all harms and the evils of all negative forces. All muslims must also endeavor to fast the day following the night of Barat. That is the fifteen day. Fasting on this day is greatly meritorious. We need to do our best to fast this day.

Finally, it is enough an impetus that will encourage us to use this night blessedly that our beloved master and Prophet {sallallahu alaihi wa sallam} also said:

Whoever stays awake for Ibadat on the following five nights, entrance into Jannah become wajib (mandatory) for him. Laylatul Tarwiyah, Laylatul Arafah, Laylatul Nahr, the night preceding Eidul-Fitr and the Fifteenth night of Sha’aban.

O our Allah! You alone eases the path of your slaves to submission, obedience and piety. Ease our path to these fortunes. Forgive us, have mercy on us, promote us, grant us the fortune of using this great night in acceptable Ibadats and Duas. Correct us Ya Allah, purify us and protect us from calamities of making a trifle of great nights of opportunities and endless fortunes like this through the rank on the purest of your servants, the Habibul rabbil alamin, Rasulu-Karim Muhammad Mustafa {alaihi wa ahlihi wa sahabihi salawatu wataslimat attamuha wa akmaluha} amin.