Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “When it is the half of Shabaan (15th of Shabaan), stay awake during this night and fast during its day, because at sunset during this night, Allah Ta’ala’s special attention descends to the first sky and announces: ‘Is there anyone seeking forgiveness so that I may forgive him? Is there anyone seeking sustenance, so that I can sustain him? Is there anyone who is troubled, so that I may remove his afflictions? This announcement is made until Subhu Saadiq’.” [Ibn Majah]

On this night the names of those who are to die and those who are to be born in the coming year are given to the angels. Our names may be written amongst those who are to die. Make dua that we may leave this world with Imaan. This is one dua that we should not be afraid to make, lest we die without Imaan and be doomed perpetually.

 

The following servants are deprived of Allah Ta’ala’s Mercy on this blessed night:

  • Those who ascribe partners to Allah Ta’ala.

  • Those who sever family ties.

  • Those who harbour enmity against others.

  • Those who disobey their parents.

  • Those who wear their garments below their ankles.

  • Those who consume alcohol (and drugs).

  • Those who are murderers.

  • Those who commit adultery. 

Surely, all of us are involved in at least one or more of the above sins. Let us therefore seek forgiveness and start a new page in our lives on this night.

Spend the night – or part of the night in:

  • Nafl salaah ... even if it is only a few rakaats.

  • Recitation of the Qur’an

  • Recitation of Thikr.

  • Conferring Salawaat upon our Nabi Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam.

  • Spend a lot of time in dua, seeking forgiveness, increase in sustenance, removal of our troubles and afflictions. Do not forget to make dua for the Ummah.

  • Visit the cemetery.

  • Busy yourself in any other act of worship that is mentioned in the Qur’an and the Ahadith.

It is reported from Sayyidah Ayesha Radiyallahu Anha that Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam recited the following dua in the Sajdah of his Salaah:

 

A’uthu bi afwika min Ieqaabika wa a’uthu birithaaka min sakhatika wa a’utu minka Jalla wajhuka Laa uhsi thanaa aan alayka anta kama athnayta alaa nafsik

 Sayyidah Ayesha Radiyallahu Anha also reported that Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam never observed fasting more frequently than during the month of Shabaan.

In another Hadith of Bukhari and Muslim it is related that Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam observed fasting throughout the entire month of Shabaan – apart from a few days.

The reason why Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam kept excessive fasts during this month was because our deeds are presented before Allah Ta’ala during this month. For this reason he preferred that his deeds should be presented to Allah Ta’ala while he was fasting. [Nisa’i]

Muslims have, however, only been ordered to observe fasting during the first 15 days of Shabaan. This order was given for our benefit, so that we may maintain our energy, strength and vitality for the obligatory fasts of the month of Ramadhaan. Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam had enormous physical and spiritual strength. For this reason he was able to fast throughout the month of Shabaan without suffering any weakness.

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