This small booklet, by al-Muhaddith Shaykh Fazl-ur-Rahman al-Azami (db), sheds light upon the 15th night of Sha`ban known as Laylat al-Bara’a (or Shab-e-Baraat as is known in Urdu). The Shaykh, may Allah (SWT) accept his efforts and lengthen his life, is presently one of the leading Hadith scholars. He is known to be the successor of the great researcher and scholar, al-Muhaddith al-Kabeer Shaykh Habeeb-ur-Rahman al-Azami (ra).
Many misconceptions, confusions, and baseless traditions circulate regarding Laylat al-Bara’a. Therefore, as is the case with great Ulama, Shaykh Fazl-ur-Rahman al-Azami (db) felt the pressing need to produce a well-researched treatise, in the form of this short and concise booklet, clarifying the issues regarding this night in the light of Qur’an and Sunnah.
The Shaykh concludes, in conformity with the research of other great scholars, that verily the 15th night of Sha`ban is a blessed night during which the special mercies and blessings of Allah (SWT) descend and countless individuals are emancipated from Jahnannum due to forgiveness from Allah (SWT). The Shaykh, however, adds that fasting on the 15th of Sha`ban is not from the Sunnah fasts and can only be regarded as a Nafl. He further refutes the baseless customs & traditions that have been falsely associated with this blessed night.
Details can be found in the PDF that is provided.