Spirit of Shab-e-Barat
Shab-e-Barat; a holy night is significant for every Muslim around the world. It's a blessed night when your fate for the coming year is believed to be decided by the Almighty Allah and thereby the Muslims spend the night in special prayers. For those who believe in His grace and are true followers, it's a night to seek divine forgiveness and pray for a prosperous future, while for others who are not so devout, it's another reason to celebrate the unknown, the mystified future. In all, it's a special or divine night for Muslims.
Though it's the night for prayer, in our region, Shab-e-barat, or the night of destiny, is always celebrated with a homely kind of cheeriness and devotion. The night long prayers were the soul of the celebrations, more so because of the unsaid competition between siblings and cousins as to who could count more prayer beads or who could do the late nights at the mosque. Shab-e-Barat, or the night of fortune and forgiveness, will be observed in Bangladesh on April 21with due religious fervour. According to the belief of Muslims, Shab-e-Barat is the night when Allah decides on our fate for the following year. It is believed on this night, Allah sets the destinies of all creation for the coming year by taking into account their past deeds.
Muslim devotees offered special prayers, recite from the Holy Quran, hold milads venerating Muhammad (PBUH), do zikr, or incantations repeating Allah's name, and other religious rituals seeking divine blessings for the wellbeing of mankind.
Many passed the whole night in prayer to seek Allah Almighty's blessings.
It's the night when many also visited the graves of relatives and Muslim saints, distributing sweets and homemade food among the poor, their neighbours, friends, and relatives with an belief that prayers for the dead one would be granted with ease.
The Islamic Foundation arranged various programmes, including religious sermons, recitation from the Holy Quran, singing hamd-na't in veneration of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), offering dua and special prayers on the occasion.
Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar, and private TV channels and radio stations aired special programmes, while newspapers published articles highlighting the significance of the night.