Shabe Barat on February 25
In Bangladesh, the holy Shabe Barat will be observed on the night of Sunday, February 25. The night is very blessed and virtuous for the Muslim Ummah.
This decision was announced after the meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee at the Islamic Foundation on Sunday (February 11) evening. Minister of Religious Affairs Md. Faridul Haque Khan was present in the meeting.
Earlier, the National Moon Sighting Committee held a meeting to review the news of the sighting of the moon in the month of Shaban of 1445 Hijri and to determine the date of Shabe Barat. It was informed in the meeting that the moon of the holy month of Shaban was seen in the sky of Bangladesh. As a result, the counting of the month of Shaban will start from Monday (February 12). As such, the holy Shabe Barat will be celebrated on the night of February 25.
Note that on the 15th night of the month of Shaban (the night before the 14th day of Shaban) Shaba Barat is celebrated. The auspicious night of Lailatul Barat, known as 'Bhagya Rajni' in the Indian subcontinent, is spent by Muslims from different countries including Bangladesh with Nafal Namaz, recitation of the Qur'an and worship.
Many are engaged in worship until late at night and fast the next day after eating Sehri on the last night. Muslims start preparing for Ramadan from the month of Shaban. After Ramadan, the month of Shaban is the best time for worship. Fasting on the 13th, 14th and 15th of the month of Shaban will make the fast of Shabe Barat with the fasting of Bij in Ayam. Apart from this, fasting at the beginning, middle and end of the month is virtuous.
The day after Shabbat is a public holiday in Bangladesh by executive order. This holiday falls on February 26 (Monday).
According to the hadith, this night is called 'Lailatun Nisfi Min Shaban' i.e. the night of the fifteenth Shaban. The word 'Shabe Barat' is a Persian word. The word 'Shab' means night, 'Barat' means deliverance or liberation. These two words together mean the candle of liberation. Although there is no direct instruction in the Qur'an Majeed about the virtues of this night, several hadiths have been described in the Hadith Sharif on the basis of reliable narration.
On the authority of the famous Sahabi Hazrat Mu'az bin Jabal (R.A.), the Prophet (S.A.W.) said, "In the night of half-Shaban, i.e. the night before the 14th day of Shaban, Allah looks down on His creation and forgives everyone except the polytheists and the haters." -Ibn Hibban: 5665
At the end of the month of Shaban, the month of fasting begins with the joyous message of Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival of Muslims.