Shab-e-Barat or ‘blessed night’ is regarded as a night when the fortunes of individuals for the coming year are decided and when Allah may forgive sinners. Shab-e-Barat, is celebrated by the Muslim which in Islamic faith means the Night of Forgiveness or the Day of Atonement.
Shab-e-Barat is observed on the night between the 14 and 15th day of the eighth month of the Islamic calendar, the occasion is marked by Muslims assembling in mosques and revisiting graves of their departed loved ones.
The whole country is under 21 day lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind general secretary Maulana Mahmood Madani on Tuesday appealed to members of the Muslim community to observe Shab-e-Barat at home and maintain social distancing.
Shab-e-Barat or ‘blessed night’ can be performed at home due to the lockdown, and visiting graveyards as per the tradition can be avoided.
Do Sadaqah (charity) on this occasion and special consideration should be given to help the poor in this hour of crisis. Do offer Tahajjud prayer [night time prayer] and pray that our country gets rid of this deadly virus,” Mr. Madani added in his appeal.