Lucknow: Mid-Sha'ban is the 15th day of the eighth month Sha'ban of the Islamic lunar calendar. The preceding night is known as Laylatul Bara'ahor Laylatun Nisfe min Sha'ban
in the Arab world, and as Shab-e-barat
in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran and India. These names are translated to the night of records, the night of assignment and the night of deliverance, and the observance involves a festive nightlong vigil with prayers.
In some regions, this is also a night when one's deceased ancestors are commemorated. On this night, Muslims recite the Qur'an and Kalima Tayyibah, and seek forgiveness. Also, on this night the doors of mercy and forgiveness are opened wide, and those who sincerely grieve over and repent for their past sins and seek forgiveness from Allah are pardoned and forgiven.
Many Muslims spend the entire eve of the 15th of Sha'ban in prayers and worship.