POST TIME: 21 April, 2019 12:22:25 AM


The Muslims in Bangladesh will observe Shab-e-Barat or Laylatul Barat tonight like the Muslim population all over the world. In this auspicious night pious Muslims, old and young, will spend time in mosques remaining awake everywhere in the country seeking forgiveness and blessings of Allah (ST). At the end of night, they will also visit the graveyard to seek forgiveness for their near and dear ones who died. In home today, delicious sweets will be prepared. Muslims will share them with their neighbours and relatives. In Bangladesh, the day is a public holiday.

The significance of the night is not, however, limited to this visible observance of the day. This is an occasion when a believer’s heart gets even more softened and naturally feels more inclined in his obedience to Allah (ST) imbibed with spirituality. According to belief, on this night angels descend from the upper heaven to earth to know the aspirations and cravings of a believer’s heart and keep records, and gracious Allah (ST) by his immense kindness and mercy fulfill them. That is why believers usually do not - or ought not to - miss observing the night with fervent prayer.

Having said that, it is equally important to remember a tradition of the Prophet Muhammad (SM) that says Allah does not help him who does not help themselves. This is as true in an individual believer’s life as it is in their collective social life. Presently the Muslim Ummah is beset with multifarious evils and the chief among these is divisions among the Ummah. Wrong and contrived interpretations of the holy Quran and Sunnah of the Prophet (SM) have stolen away the real teachings of Islam. A section of Muslims are taking their own lives. And for what? For killing the innocent people including babies and older ones, spreading terror in people’s heart.

This global trend has affected the social fabric of Bangladesh also. This country of ours is also plagued with such evils as corruption, social and economic injustice and others. The poor and weak among the population are denied even the very basic rights. Hundreds and thousands fellow human beings still do not have food and shelter for themselves. We have to bring change to our society by improving on these counts.

The point here is Muslims have to reform themselves, individually as well as collectively as a nation. Therefore, let this year’s Shab-e-Barat be an occasion for soul searching and taking promise to change our lives for the better, on the sure path of truth.