Posted by: alqamardesigns | August 3, 2009

What’s Special About Sha’baan?

Asalaamu’alaykum warahmatullah,

I pray you are all well.

The month of Sha`ban is a beloved month for the Muslims, for it precedes the month of Ramadan

It is the 8th month of the Hijri Calendar

Voluntary Fasting in Sha’ban

The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have observed optional/voluntary fasting in this month more than in any other month (except Ramadan). This is like a kind of self-preparation for the coming of Ramadan – to get ourselves into shape (spiritually!)

Narrated that Abu Salamah said: “I asked ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) about the fasting of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and she said: ‘He used to fast until we thought that he would always fast, then he would not fast until we thought that he would always not fast, but I never saw him fast in any month more than he fasted in Sha’baan. He used to fast all of Sha’baan, and sometimes he used to fast all of Sha’baan apart from a few days.’” [Muslim (1156)]

Our deeds being presented to Allah in the month of Sha’baan

There is an authentic hadith which states:

Usamah ibn Zayd (may Allah be pleased with both of them) was reported to have said that he asked the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), “I have not seen you observe additional fasting during any month [other than Ramadan] as you do in Sha`baan?” He (peace and blessings be upon him) replied, “This is a month that people usually forget about between Rajab and Ramadan, and it is a month in which people’s deeds are presented to Allah, so I like that my deeds are presented while I am fasting” (An-Nasa’i).

Mashaa‘Allah, TabarakAllah … so we are now in the month where our deeds are being presented to Allah SWT!

Therefore it is recommended to do many acts of ibaadah (worship) throughout this month, in hope for our deeds to be presented to Allah while we are in remembrance of him.

Important Reminder

It is important to note here, that the above Hadith did not single out 15th of Sha’baan, rather it said he fasted the days of Sha’baan. All the reports that have been narrated concerning this issue are either fabricated or weak and it is not permissible to base an act of worship on such reports.

It is not allowed for anyone to specify certain days to observe voluntary fasting (or certain nights to perform Night Prayers or any other acts of worship) without having any juristic basis for that action (i.e. from the Quran or Authentic Hadith). Our Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam actually warned us of this:

“I warn you of the newly invented matters (in the religion), and every newly invented matter is an innovation, and every innovation is misguidance, and every misguidance is in the Hellfire” [An-Nasa’ee]

“….and the best speech is the Speech of Allah, and the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (sallallhu alahi wa-sallam), and the worst of all affairs are the newly invented matters (in the religion)” [Saheeh Muslim]

“Whosoever does an action, which we have not commanded then it must be rejected.” [Saheeh Muslim]

But how many of us actually take heed?

However, it is also important to note that there is nothing wrong with one increasing their fasting in the days during Sha’baan, as this is emulating the example of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)… on the contrary it is considered highly recommended to fast in the early part of Sha`ba\n and stop fasting the last few days of the month (if one is able to) – but without specifying certain dates.

Reminder!

If you still have to make up any missed obligatory fasts from last Ramadaan, then hasten to make up them before the upcoming Ramadaan arrives. It is not permissible to delay making up for missed fasts until after the following Ramadaan, except in cases of necessity (such as a valid excuse that continues between the two Ramadaan).

Aa’ishah (radhi allahu anha) says, ‘It used to be that I had days to make up for Ramadaan and I would not be able to do so except in Shabaan.’ [Saheeh al-Bukharee]

So let’s get busy, we have about 3 weeks of training left… 🙂

The shahaba (companions of the Prophet Muhammad) used to make duaa for 6 months prior to Ramadan, asking Allah to let them make it to Ramadan – thinking they would not make it.

So what about us?

My beloved father Rahim Ullah never got to make it, I will miss him this Ramadan – may Allah grant him a house in the Jannah. Ameen

I ask Allah to give us health, life and emaan to see another Ramadan and take great benefit from it and not be of those go through Ramadan without gaining any reward:

The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions (during Ramadan), Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)” [Bukhari]


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