The Month Of Shabaan
Unlike the month of Rajab, there are peculiar instructions regarding the month of Shabaan in the Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam.
Firstly, although it is not obligatory to fast during this month, it is a Sunnah and Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam is reported to have said that, after Ramadhaan, it is most meritorious to fast during the month of Shabaan.
Shabaan is the month during which a record of our deeds is being presented before Allah Ta’ala. Therefore it is the most favourable month in which we could fast. However, it is important to know that we should not cause any weakness to our bodies by fasting so much that we cause a deficiency in our fasts during the month of Ramadhaan. The fasts of Ramadhaan are compulsory, while the fasts of Shabaan are not. This is important to remember. Being fit and able to endure the fasting of the month of Ramadhaan is of the greatest importance. This is why Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam has suggested that we do not fast in the second half of the month of Shabaan.
Stories of Repentance: Advice from Khidr عليه السلام
Imaam Ghazaali (r.a) reported that Moosa عليه السلام asked Hazrat Khidr عليه السلام to advise him. He said,
"Be someone who constantly smiles, and not someone who is constantly angry. Be someone who benefits others, and not someone who harms others. Refrain from argumentation. Do not walk around without purpose. Do not laugh without a reason. Do not disparage wrongdoers by mentioning their mistakes to them. And cry over your misdeeds, O son of 'Imraan."
The Hallmarks of a Sincere Repentance
Shaqiq رحمة لله علیھ said,
"Weeping over past misdeeds, being afraid of perpetrating a sin again, forsaking the company of evildoers, and adhering to the company of the righteous- these are the hallmarks of a sincere repentance."
Stories of Repentance #14
As two servants of the ruler, an-Naasir, were talking to one another, one of them said, "I wonder what the ruler is doing today?" The other said, "I never saw him more afraid and sincere than he is today. He is by himself, wearing course clothing and sitting down on dirt. He is crying out loud and acknowledging his sins. I heard him say, 'My Lord, here is my forelock in Your Hand, if You are to punish the people, and You are All-Wise and All-Just, then how will I, with all of my sins, escape your punishment?'"
At that moment, Mundhir bin Sa'eed رحمة لله علیھ was passing by, and he heard what the ruler's servant said. Mundhir رحمة لله علیھ looked at him and said, "O young servant, wear a raincoat back with you, for if the mighty one on earth becomes fearful of Allah's punishment, then the All-Mighty One in the heavens will have mercy on His slaves [and bless them with rain and sustenence]."