Many Muslims in South Asia celebrate the festival of Shab-e-Barat with great enthusiasm. According to Sunni Islam traditions, Allah frees his sinful servants, who were destined a place in hell, on the night of Shab-e-Barat which translates to ‘the night of freedom'.

After the sunset on Sunday (March 28, 2021), the 15th of the Shabaan will begin. Shab-e-Barat will be observed till the sunset on Monday (March 29, 2021).

Many Muslims believe that a person’s life in the coming year, his sustenance, and whether he will have the opportunity to perform Hajj shall be decided on this night.

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According to the tradition, the Muslims community members visits Mosques and graveyards on the day and this is the day where people pray to Allah to forgive one’s dead ancestors. It is believed that Allah forgives all the sins on the night and also decided people’s fortune for the year ahead. Shab-e-Barat is observed 15 days prior to the holy month of Ramadan or Ramzan.