Lailatul Barat History
Lailatul Barat (Arabic: شب برات) commemorates a night that Muslims believe God descends from heaven and forgives sins very generously. For that reason, Muslims spend the night in prayer, and fast the next day. Lailatul Barat occurs in the middle of the month of Sha'ban, the month before Ramadan. It is considered one of the holiest nights on the Islamic Calendar.
The night begins at sundown on the 14th and ends at dawn on the 15th of Sha'ban. Muslims are recommended to fast at least six days of this month. Often, women who missed fasts because of menstruation in Ramadan make them up in this month. According to Islamic tradition, the Prophet Muhammad fasted more in Sha'ban than any other month.
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Lailatul Barat References and Related SitesAs-Sunnah Foundation of America: The Night of Mid-Sha'ban Minhaj-ul-Quran International: Shab-e-Barat