When the 7th month of the Islamic calendar Rajab ends, the 8th month of the lunar calendar begins, this month is referred to as Shabaan. The importance, it is believed, lies with the 15th night of this month, which in the Arab world is known as Laila-tul-Bara’ah or Laila-tul-nisfe-min-Shaban. In Pakistan and India, the night is what we call Shab-e-Baraat.
The night is seen as a chance for increased ajar, as it is believed that praying on the night of Shab-E-Baraat takes special meaning and Allah Almighty blesses the rest of the year, and our future, along with providing us with a good chance of forgiveness. In order to make the most of this night, here are some ayats and duas that will help you.
How to perform Salatul Tasbih (The prayer of forgiveness)
You have to make intention for 4 rakaat, nafal or Salatul Tasbih to please Allah and then start your namaz in the normal way. After reciting the Sanaa, the recitation of Tasbih needs to be done 15 times – The Tasbih here is: “Subhanallahi Wal Hamdulillahi Walaa Ilaaha Illallahu Wallahu Akbar”, before you continue with your namaz.
After that, you need to recite Ta’wwuz (Auzubillah) Tasmiyah (Bismillah) and Surah-e-Fatiha, along with one more Surah. When you’re done with this, recite the Tasbih again 10 times. While in Ruku, recitation of the Tasbih is again done 10 times. When you’re standing straight, after Ruku, as you say ‘Sami Allahu Liman Hamida Rabbana Walakal Hamd’, it too must be followed by Tasbih 10 times.
While in Sajdah, the Tasbih should be recited again, 10 times. When you are sitting straight from Sajdah, in the position of Iftirash, the Tasbih is to be repeated 10 times again – repeat the cycle in the second Sajdah. The other 3 rakaats are to be followed in the same pattern for the complete Salatul Tasbih. Note: Every rakaat should have Tasbih at least 75 times.
Praying 100 rakaat Nafil on Shab-E-Baraat
Praying 100 Nafils on the Holy night of Shab-E-Baraat with a special technique is bound to bring forgiveness and blessings alike. In every rakaat, Surah-e-Fatiha should be recited once, while Surah-e-Ikhlas should be recited 10 times. Which means for everyone Surah-e-Fatiha in a rakaat, one must recite Surah-e-Ikhlas 10 times.
The person who goes through with this namaz of 100 nafils will be saved from hell-fire, blessed in the world and his ‘gunah’ will be forgotten by Allah Almighty.
Duas to recite after Namaz-e-Maghrib on Shab-E-Baraat
To protect your Imaan: After performing Maghrib namaz, read 2 rakaats of Nafil. In the first rakaat, after Surah-e-Fatiha, recite Surah-e-Ikhlas 3 times and Surah-e-Falaq once. In the second rakaat, after Surah-e-Fatiha, recite Surah-e-Ikhlas 3 times and Surah-e-Naas once. After Salaam, recite Surah-e-Yaseen then Dua-e-Nisf-e-Shabaan, make Dua and ask Allah to protect your Imaan.
For Barkat in Rizk/Rozi: After Maghrib namaz, read 2 rakaats of Nafil. Thereafter, read Surah-e-Yaseen once, Surah-e-Ikhlas 21 times and Dua-e-Nisf-e-Shabaan once. Then, make Dua for Barakat in Rozi and ask Allah not to make you dependent on anyone.
For a long life full of piety: After Maghrib namaz, read 2 rakaats of Nafil. Read Surah-e-Yaseen once. Then read Dua-e-Nisf-e-Shabaan once. Thereafter, make Dua for a long life filled with piety and righteousness.