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Fasting during the Holy month of Shaban

Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s.) said “When you enter the month of Shaban cleanse yourself body and soul, and make your niyat to fast in the way of Allah (s.w.t.). Show more respect to this holy month of Shaban just as you would show more respect to me than others in this world."

  1. Whosoever fasts one day in the month of Shaban, Allah (s.w.t.) will make their body forbidden to the fires of hell and Allah will reward them in the same place as prophet Yusuf (a.s.).
  2. Whosoever fasts the whole month of Shaban, Allah will reward them with an easy death, they will not feel hunger or thirst and the soul will leave the body peacefully. Allah (s.w.t.) will remove the darkness of the grave and replace the darkness with Nur (divine light). Allah (s.w.t.) will release them from the questioning of the angels Munkar and Nakar and the greatest gift of all Allah (s.w.t.) will cover your sins and shame on the day of Judgement and it will become compulsory (Wajib) for you to enter Paradise.
  3. Hazrat Ayesha (r.a.) relates: "The Holy Prophet observed the fast throughout the month of Shaban."
    Riyadh-us-Saleheen Vol II page 605 hadith no 1247, Bukhari and Muslim.
  4. From the Muwatta of Iman Malik: Yahya related to me from Malik that he used to hear from the people of Knowledge “There is no harm in continuous fasting as long as one breaks the fast on the days the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) forbade fasting - on the days of Mina, the day of Fitr and the day of Adha."
    Yahya related to me from Malik from Muhammad ibn Yahya ibn Habban from al Araj from Abu Hurairah (r.a.) that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) forbade fasting on two days - the day of Fitr and the day of Adha.
    Hadith 36 and 37 page 144
  5. Hazrat Ayesha (r.a.) narrated: “it is among the months that Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s) loves very much and that is the month of Shaban”
  6. The Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s) said: “It is the fasting in the month of Shaban that will be your weapon to protect yourselves from the miseries of the fire.”
    Mishkat-us-Masabih Vol III page 520-1 hadith no 15:
    Umm Salamah reported: "I did not see the Prophet fasting for two consecutive months except for Shaban and Ramadan.”
    Abu Daud Tirmizi,Nisai, Ibn Majah
  7. Laylatu l-Baraah (the night of the 15th of Shaban) It is reported that the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.t.) said: “When in the night of Nispu Shaban (15th Shaban) a voice calls: “Who is asking forgiveness from me tonight, if yes I will forgive them. Who is asking for something from me tonight if yes I will surely give them what they want. On this night whosoever is asking anything from Allah surely Allah will grant them what they want except for the ones who are committing adultery or Kufr and munafiqin."
    It is on this night that Allah (s.w.t.) orders the angels to bring up your book of deeds for the last year to the heavens and a new unwritten book is sent down to replace it. Therefore one should make sure your old book is finished with good deeds and your new book started with good deeds. It is also on this night that the provisions and fate for the next year is decided. This is also the night that Allah will forgive all your sins and grant you what you desire when you ask of Him.
    Imam Suyuti has said “as for the night of mid-Sha’ban, it has great merit and it is desirable to spend part of it in supererogatory worship.
    On this night the men of knowledge will recite between Magrib and Isha Surah Yasin three times:
    • The first time with the intention of raising your obedience and maqam (spiritual station)
    • The second time with the intention for asking for your provisions or rizq.
    • The third Yasin is read seeking protections from one’s enemies.
    After isha you should recite Surah Al-Ikhlas 300 or 1000 times.
    It is the practise of the men of Knowledge including Sheikh Abdul Qadir-al-Jilani (See Al-Ghunayatu li-Taalibiyi l-Haqq) to pray one hundred raka’s of prayer either 2x2x2 or 4x4 with one Salam. In each rakat you must recite one Al-Fatihah and ten Surah Al-Ihklas.
 

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