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Reality of Shab e Baraat

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Respected sir, Aslamu alekum! i just want to ask about the reality of Shab e Baraat last night it was celebrated all over the country.but my friend who is doing a course of Allam in Mainawali he told me that according to Deoband Ulmas Shab e Barat has no such importance and blessing,he said that Hazrat Abu Bakar Jassas R.A and Ibn e Arabi R.A had denied the blessing of that night..He also give me the reference from Marraful Quran Volume 7 by Mufti Muhammad Shafi in which Mufti Sahab said that the ibadat doing in Shab e Barat is a Bidat….. Please guide me and tell me what is the reality… i wl be very thankful to you..

الجواب حامدا و مصلیا

Virtues of Shab e Bara’ath, making arrangement to do Nawafil and Ibadath in that night, observing fasting on the day of it, etc are although established through such Ahadees of which the chain of narrators are weak, yet , due to frequency of narrations and miscellaneous avenues of recordings, they possess some sort of a strength. Therefore, most of the elders have accepted it and virtues of it are, among them, agreed upon because there is an allowance to act on weak narrations too, as far as virtues are concerned (Ma’arif ul Qur’an Vol 7, p 758)
And same is the view of Ulama e Deoband too, however collective Ibadath in the Masjid, decorating the Masjid with lights and distribution of sweet dishes and performing Nafl with congregation etc. are not established, yet, due to the virtues of this night there is no harm in making arrangement to perform Ibadath in this night individually.

This Q&A was indexed from the official english fatwa portal of Jamia Binoria. It is an Islamic educational institute in Karachi, Pakistan.

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