Is it sunnah to perform fasting on the day of the Night of Barat (Mid-Shaban)? If it is not sunnah, what is the decree about it?

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Is it sunnah to perform fasting on the day of the Night of Barat (Mid-Shaban)? If it is not sunnah, what is the decree about it?

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It is sunnah to perform fasting on the day of the Night of Barat. The Prophet (pbuh) stated the following:

"When it is the night of the middle of Shaban, spend its night in prayer and observe a fast on that day. For Allah descends at sunset on that night to the lowest heaven and says: ‘Is there no one who will ask Me for forgiveness, that I may forgive him? Is there no one who will ask Me for provision, that I may provide for him? Is there no one who is afflicted by trouble, that I may relieve him?’ "

"Allah looks down on the night of the middle of Shaban and forgives all His slaves apart from those who disobey their parents those who associate partners with Allah." (Ibn Majah, Iqamatu's-Salah, 191; Tirmidhi, Sawm, 38)

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