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Shab e-Barat is also known as Bara’at Night, Laylat al-Bara’at, Mid Shaban, or The Night of Records and The Night of Fortune and Forgiveness. It is a night where all Muslims celebrate the night of blessings with special prayers. When and how is it celebrated this year? 

Shab e-Barat 2023 date in Pakistan

The crescent for the holy month of Shaban has not been sighted in Pakistan, according to the chairman of the central Ruet-e-Hilal committee, and the beginning of the month Shaban will begin on Wednesday, 22 February 2023. Therefore, Shab e-Barat falls on the evening of Tuesday, 7 March and ends on the evening of Wednesday, 8 March.

Shab e-Barat is a public holiday in Pakistan. 

Shab e-Barat 2023 Islamic date in Pakistan

Shab e Barat is commemorated on the 14th night of Sha’ban, which is the eighth month in the Islamic calendar.

How do Muslims in Pakistan celebrate Shab e-Barat?

The Muslims in Pakistan would stay up to perform special night prayers and recite Quran all night long until dawn. They would also visit the graves to seek forgiveness for their deceased families. Charities are also given to people in need during Shab e-Barat.

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Fasting is recommended on the 13th, 14th, and 15th days of each Islamic month, which coincide with Shab e Barat.

Despite the fact that Prophet Muhammad SAW is claimed to have fasted for the majority of the month of Shaban, scholars have stated that fasting is not a necessity of Shab e Barat. Fasting is optional, not mandatory, and food is frequently distributed as part of the holiday celebrations.

History and significance of Shab e-Barat 

It is believed during the night of Shab e-Barat, Allah the Almighty will forgive all the sins and decide the fortune and sustenance of all people for the year ahead.

That is why the Shab e-Barat is a night full of blessings for all Muslims and this night has special characteristics that Muslims need to observe:
1. Tasqeem-e-umur: death and birth, happiness and sadness, victory and defeat.
2. Faizaan e Bakhshish: granting of forgiveness
3. Nazool e Rahmat: blessing
4. Qabool e Shifaat: acceptance of intercession
5. Fazeelat e Ibaadat: the greatness of worship

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