Is Shab e Barat Bidat?

Shab e Barat is not a bidat however few activities and concepts innovated by individuals patrticularly for Shab e Barat are a bidat.
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In the name of Allah the most Beneficial and the Most Merciful. May peace be upon the Holy Prophet, his family and his companions.

As Shab e Barat is approaching there are a few questions in the minds of individuals regarding the significance of the 15th night of Shaban.

Shabe Barat, the 15th night of Sha’ban in the Islamic lunar calendar, holds significance among Muslims as the Night of Forgiveness.

Some believe it to be a time when Allah pardons sins and bestows mercy upon His servants. However, opinions vary regarding its importance and practices.

While some view Shab e Barat as a night of great virtue, engaging in additional acts of worship like prayer, fasting, and Quran recitation, others approach it cautiously, adhering strictly to authentic Islamic teachings.

How to Celebrate Shab e Barat?

The best approach lies in avoiding extremism. It’s important not to exaggerate its significance with rituals unsupported by Islamic sources, nor to disregard its potential blessings altogether.

Misconceptions of Shab e Barat

Several misconceptions surround Shab e Barat, which require clarification based on Islamic evidence:

  • Contrary to popular belief, decisions for the year aren’t made on Shab e Barat; rather, Islamic teachings indicate that this occurs during Lailatul Qadr, the Night of Decree, in the last ten nights of Ramadan.
  • The notion that the Quran was revealed on Shab e Barat contradicts the verse of Surah Baqarah in the Quran, which states that the revelation began during Ramadan.
  • While some suggest visiting graveyards on Shab e Barat, there is only one narration that suggests that the Prophet (peace be upon him) visited the graveyard on this night, but it is a weak narration that has defects in its chain of transmission and its text.
  • Fasting on Shabe Barat lacks strong reference from any authentic Hadith, though fasting during Sha’ban is encouraged. There’s no specific Hadith that discusses the importance of fasting on the 15th.
  • Making special foods on Shab e Barat is merely a cultural custom and not a religious practice endorsed by Islam.
  • While some narrations mention certain acts of worship on Shab e Barat, there’s insufficient evidence to call them Sunnah.

Shab e Barat invites diverse interpretations among Muslims. The ideal approach is to adhere to Quranic principles and authentic Hadiths, avoiding extremes.

Let’s strive for a balanced and sincere approach to worship, earnestly seeking Allah’s mercy and guidance.


Remember, Allah knows best.

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