Berat Kandili – Holy Night of Forgiveness

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When does Berat Kandili fall?

Berat Kandili is one of the five holy nights on the Muslim calendar called kandil, meaning candle. It is mübarek, a blessed night that falls on the 15th night of Şaban, which is the 8th month of the Muslim calendar.

What is the meaning of Berat Kandili?

According to believers the night of Berat Kandili is rich with fertility and prosperity. It’s a day that broken hearts are repaired, bad blood washed away, and grudges, hatred, and feelings of revenge overcome. Those who follow the commands will be acquitted from debt, illness, guilt and punishment, cleansed of sin, and pardoned through Allah’s mercy. Consequently devout followers of Islam believe they should fast during the day until darkness comes and Allah is omnipresent. The night of Berat Kandili is spent in contemplation, discussion and renewal, resulting in pardon, purification and salvation.

To learn about the other kandili in the Muslim calendar, click here.


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