I didn’t think I’ll be back here, within a few hours, but thought I’d just put in a few lines about the Muslim observance of Shab-e-Bara’at (meaning the night of Emancipation) as tonight is The Night.
Muslims observe Shab-e-Bara’at as a night of salvation. This night commemorates the time when God saved Noah and his Ark from the flood. We believe that on this night, Allah(God) determines the fate of all people in the coming year. It is for this reason that the night is also known as the Night of Emancipation. The night of Shab-e-Bara’at also commemorates the entry of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the Holy city of Makkah. It’s celebrated with great enthusiasm. It begins at sunset on the 15th night of the Muslim Month of Shaba’an and goes till sunset of the next day (15th day of the month). Sweets are prepared and sent to relatives on the eve of the 15th, charities are given in the name of deceased relatives and prayers are offered all night long. Candles are lit and many fast on the 15th of Shabaan, from sunrise till sunset. I plan to do that too.
The Shia muslim believe Imam Mehdi was born on this day and they celebrate with fireworks and joyous acts, along with offering prayers. Since, I am not a Shia, no fireworks here 🙂 Just boring old prayers 🙂