Bara’a Night (Arabic: ليلة البراءة‎, romanized: Laylat al-Bara’at) or Mid-Sha’ban (Arabic: نصف شعبان‎, romanized: Niṣf Sha‘bān) is a holiday observed by Muslim communities on the night between 14 and 15 Sha’ban.[1] It is regarded as a night when the fortunes of individuals for the coming year are decided and when Allah may forgive sinners. In many regions, this is also a night when prayers are arranged for forgiveness from Allah for one’s deceased ancestors.[2] Additionally, Twelver Shia Muslims commemorate the birthday of Muhammad al-Mahdi on this date.[citation needed]Salafi streams oppose the recognition of Mid-Sha’ban as exceptional for prayer.[3]

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