11 May 2017
Lailat ul Bara’h takes place on the fifteenth night of the Islamic month Shabaan, exactly two weeks before the beginning of the Ramadan period. The festival is often referred to as the ‘Night of Forgiveness’, as it is the literal translation of the Arabic layltun (night) and baraat (forgiveness). On Lailat ul Bara’h, Muslims make special night time prayers to God to ask His forgiveness for their sins. These prayers are very important because, according to Islamic tradition, it is on the night of Lailat ul Bara’h that one’s destiny is fixed for the year ahead. In addition to prayers, it is traditional for Muslims to visit their relatives’ graves and to make charitable donations to the poor and needy. For more information about Lailat ul Bara’h please click here.