Posted: 01 August 2007 at 11:38pm | IP Logged
Lailat al Miraj and Lailat al Baraat this august!
Saturday 11 August
Lailat al Miraj
festival celebrates the Prophet Muhammad's journey from Mecca to
Jerusalem in a single night. From Jerusalem he ascended into heaven,
where he met the earlier prophets, and eventually God.Lailat al Miraj
The revelation of Salat took place on Lailat al Miraj
The night journey and ascent of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), and the revelation of Salat.
festival is celebrated by telling the beautiful story of how the
Prophet Muhammad was visited by two archangels while he was asleep, who
purified his heart and filled him with knowledge and faith.
Prophet travelled from Mecca to Jerusalem in a single night on a
strange winged creature called Buraq. From Jerusalem he ascended into
heaven, where he met the earlier prophets, and eventually God.
During his time in heaven Muhammad was told of the duty of Muslims to recite Salat (ritual prayer) five times a day.
Shabe e Baraat
28th 2007 is The Night of Forgiveness (Lailat-ul-Barat), also known as
Shab e Barat. It takes place two weeks before Ramadan. Muslims spend
the night in prayer seeking God's guidance and forgiveness for their
Muslims are followers of Islam, (the will of Allah (Arabic
for God)). Muslims means 'obedient ones'. Muslims believe Muhammad was
God's messenger or prophet.
When Muslims pray they use prayer
mats so that the place where they pray is always clean. Muslims take
off their shoes and make sure they have washed their face, feet, hands
and arms. They point the head of the mat in the direction of Mecca
(Makkah). Some mats have a compass already built into them.
night of Shab-E-Barat also commemorates the entry of Muhammad into the
city of Mecca. However, Shia Muslims associate this night with the
birth of their last Imam. Prayers are also said for families who live
away in other parts of the world.
Many Muslims believe that their destiny for the coming year are set on this night. They pray in preparation for Ramadan.
on this occasion, it is the duty of all Muslims to forgive one another
and to make sure that debts owed to one another are settled. Prayers
are said to the Almighty Allah for assistance, which must be sincere
Allah forgives Muslims this night. Visits are made
to the cemetery during the night where deceased relatives are buried.
Donations to charities are also traditional.
Muslims stay awake
during the night, reading and then fasting the next day. Those who
manage to fast have all their sins wiped away.
In Iran 'Shab'
means night and 'Barat' means the night of duty or mission. In Arabic
language, however, the day is known as Lailatul Bara'at, meaning the
night of freedom. Some see Shab-E-Barat as the night of good fortune
and a popular legend says that on this night the Prophet visits each
house and relieves the pains of suffering humanity.