Pakistani Muslims offer special prayers at a mosque to mark Shab-e-Barat or the night of forgiveness in Karachi on June 2, 2015. Muslims believe that if someone prays to God throughout the night and seeks forgiveness for all the sins he may have committed, he could be forgiven. The entire night of prayer is devoted to asking for forgiveness for the past year and for good fortune in the year to come. AFP PHOTO/Asif HASSAN
The night of June 2/15 Shabaan was Shab-e-Baraat. Sunni and Shias of Pakistan consider it a night of prayers and remember the Dearly Departed amongst their near and dear ones. Shia also consider it the birthday of their 12th Imam.
Deobandis typically accept a very narrow version – like their Salafi ideological siblings, they are allergic to remembrance and voluntary prayers. Deobandis/Salafis/Wahabis confuse/conflate any remembrance of the dead as akin to abandoning God – unless the remembrance is for dead terrorist leaders like Abdul Rasheed -Lal Masjid cleric who could not locate a spare burka to escape in time. Or Osama Bin Laden posters.
Warning: This picture post from DAWN considers of Sunnis and Shias commemorating Shab-e-Baraat. Many of these images must be very disturbing to Deobandis and their Muawiya Marxist apologists. You see these images consist of average, non-elitest Pakistanis remembering their dearly departed and praying for them.
For Muawiya Marxists/Sufyani Liberals/Honda Civic Society types, these are “backward”, “irrational” practices as opposed to sipping expensive cappuccinos at air-conditioned, trendy cafes while reading the latest pseudo spiritual puff pieces by Elif Shafaq and Paulo Coehlo and discussing the merits of Marxism.
For Deobandis, these practices are “Polytheism” because they are unrelated to kissing the behinds of Saudi sponsors or remembering Caliphs like Sahaba Yazeed Bin Muawiya.