The significance of Shab-e-barat ritual
The Significance Of Shab-e-Barat Ritual. Fifteen days before Ramzan, Badi Raat or Shab-e-barat opens the annual book of deeds for each Muslim.
Fifteen days before Ramzan, Badi Raat or Shab-e-barat opens the annual book of deeds for each Muslim. It is considered the most pious night when Muslims across the world seek Allah’s blessings for the year ahead. People pray for the departed souls and seek forgiveness for their sins.
In the city, special prayers were offered at different mosques on Friday. Mecca Masjid at Charminar, Shahi Masjid Bagh–e-aam at Public Gardens, Vazirali mosque at Fatehdarwaza and Jamia Masjid, Musheerabad witnessed huge crowds. Mutawallis (caretakers) of graveyards made arrangements for cleaning graveyards. Muslim cemeteries got a fresh coat of paint and shrubs were removed.
Hundreds were seen at graveyards sprinkling water, offering flowers and laying ‘chader’ upon the graves as they recited hymns. Several observe fasting on both the days.
Syed Hamed Hussain Jaffery, president of AP Shia Youth Conference, said, “The AP State Wakf Board once again failed to disburse sufficient funds for cleaning graveyards and mosques. Shab-e-barat is observed by lakhs of people. The big mosques such as Mecca Masjid do get funds but the smaller ones do not.”
Daira Mir Momin, the 450-year-old graveyard in Sultan Shahi, is one graveyard in the Old City that almost everyone visits. It is here the five Prime Ministers who ruled Hyderabad under Nizam are buried. All belong to the Salar Jung family. There are over 1,700 graves in the 13-acre graveyard.
Ali Rizvi, a resident of Purani Haveli, says, “The Mir Momin graveyard is special for several reasons. Apart from the royal remains, the water from the well inside the graveyard can cure several health problems.”
The Shahi Masjid (The Royal Mosque) at Public Gardens is also frequented by many who reside in its vicinity. Several VIPs visit the mosque as it is close to the Assembly and is also at the centre of the city.
For the flower vendors, the Badi Raat brings good business. Maqbool, a flower vendor at Shahalibanda said that he made thrice the amount on Friday as compared to normal days.
All mosques were fully decked up with lighting and a coat of fresh paint.