A Muslim Religious Belief, The ''Shab-e-Barat'' is a Ritual Observance, held (according to The Muslin Calander), on the 15th Day of Sha'ban (or roughly October). Traditionally, all Muslims are supposed to assemble together, and offer Prayers for each recently deceased Ancestor who had ''sinned in life''. The Prayers were seen as a means of ''lessening their Suffering'', while their Soul's await Judgment by God. In addition to Communal and Private Prayer, offerings of food are also given. The Tradition may date to as far back as the 8th Century AD.