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Lailathul Bara’a: a Dogmatic analysis


     For years, the Muslim community has given more prominence to the night of Bara’a i.e. the fifteenth night of Sha’ban the 8th month of Islamic calendar. The holy Quran and Hadiths support the peculiarity of this night. Many Quran interpreters consent that the night which was referred in ‘Ad-Dukhan’ (The Smoke, chapter 44) is the night of Bara’a. It is agreeable of the Quranic saying that the specialty of the night is to write down all matters in the world correctly and vividly. The holy Quran brings forth the revelation of the Quran on this night as its an other peculiarity of this night. But the Quranic teaching that the revelation on the night of Al-Qadr (Decree) has been undergone to broad interpretation by the Quranic interpreters. They consent the revelation in the night of Bara’a is only to send down from the Lauhul Mahfoodh in to the first heaven. The holy Book used the word ‘Lailathul Mubaraka’ for qualifying this night. The word means the night which is more virtuous and perfect one. Read more

The night of Bara’a

      The Creator of the Universe has given the nobility to some than to some people as like some months, places and nights than others. It is the duty of a believer that to respect the things God respected specially. Among them, the fifteenth night of Sha’ban (the 8th month of Islamic calendar) known as the ‘night of Bara’a is a virtuous night. This virtuous night is known as in different names such as: Lailathul Mubarak, (the blessed night) Lailathul Bara’a (the night of emancipation), Lailathussakk (the night written down all matters), Lailathurrahma (the night of kindness) and so on. . Read more

Lailathul Bara’ath: How can be performed?

      In the wake of reading the two articles ‘Lailathul Bara’a: a Dogmatic analysis’ and ‘The night of Bara’a’ the visitors would understand that the fifteenth night of Sha’ban is so virtuous one. The scholars like Qalid bin Ma’dan, Makhool, Luqman bin Amir and so on used to perform different virtuous deeds on the night of Bara’ath when they grasped from the Hadiths that Allah will forgive all sins of the repented, shower the mercy upon the believers and will answer to the supplications of them on this special night. These all scholars are among the ‘Thabieen’ in Syria. Some of them opinioned it is desirable to perform the deeds on the night, sitting in the Masjid in congregation. Is’haque bin Rahavaihi (R) favored to this opinion. But some commented it is undesirable (Makrooh) to perform the deeds in congregation on this night at the Masjid. They argue that each one must perform the doings individually. Imam Auzaie, the great scholar and Jurisprudent accepted this opinion. In addition, Sheikh Ibnu Rajab (R) also supported it (Zurquani).
In a Hadith reported as Marfooh by Imam Ibnu Majah (R) from Ali (R), the Messenger (Peace and Blessing of Allah be upon him) says: “You should perform the prayers on the night of Sha’ban fifteen and do fasting on the day time of it. Verily, since the sunsetRead more

Lailathul Bara’th: What do the scholars say?

       Imam Shafi (R) in his famous kithab ‘Umm’ (1/204) says: the supplications would be given answer on the particular five nights i.e. the nights Friday, Eid Al-Adha, Eidul Fithr, the first day of Rajab and the fifteenth day of Sha’ban.
Allama Ibnu Hajar (R) Says: Definitely, this night (Lailathul Bara’th) has special nobility. That is why; Imam Shafi (R) stated that this night is more suitable for getting answer to the supplications. With assuring and considering the greatness of this night, he has a difference of opinion in the matter of special Prayers (Namaz) on it. He opinioned it is an evil custom. (Fatha Al- Kubra 2/80). About these Prayers, Imam Gazzali (R) explains in his ‘Ihyau Uloomudheen’: You perform hundred raka’ths on this night. In each raka’th, recite Suara ‘Ikhlas’ eleven times after the Sura ‘Fathiha’. It is also acceptable to perform only ten raka’ths and to recite ‘Ikhlas’ hundred times in each rak’ath (Ihya 1/209). Read more


The fasting in Bara’th and three Yaseen


      A Hadith, proving the Messenger (Peace and Blessing of Allah be upon him) did fasting on the day of Sha’ban fifteen, can be seen in Al Basair (177). Some scholars, who have doubts in the credibility of this Hadith, said that it is not desirable to perform fasting on this day. In other hand, some argue that the Hadith is acceptable and the fasting is a desirable action. Ibnu Hajar (R) who is among the first team says: The fasting of that day includes in the fasting of Ayyamul Beed (all months 13,14,15). Other wise, there is no any particular desire. (Fathaval Kubra 2/80). Read more


Night of Bara’ Through Hadiths


       A lot of Hadiths can be seen referring the nobility of the night of Bara’. The Prophet (Peace and Blessing of Allah be upon him) says: on the fifteenth night of Sha’ban (the eighth month of Islamic calendar), the Almighty Allah will shower the kindness on his creatures and will forgive all sins to them except to polytheists and the hostile minded. In some narrations can be found that the Almighty abandons the Astrologer, the drunkard, those who despising his parents and adulterers from his forgiveness. The above mentioned Hadith has been reported by Ibn Hibban, Thabarani and Baihaqi(May Allah Mercy upon them) through Mua’d bin Jabal (May Allah Pleased with him), by Ibn Majah through Abu Moosa Al- Ash’ari and by Bazzar and Baihaqi through Abu Bakr ((May Allah Mercy upon them). Read more