The 15th of Sha’ban – July 16, 2011

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Saturday, July 16, 2011 is the 15th of Sha’ban this year, the 15th day of the eighth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. The preceding night is known as Laylatul Bara’ah or Laylatun Nisfe min Sha’ban in the Arab world, and as Shab-e-barat in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran, and Afghanistan. These names are translated to the night of records, the night of assignment and the night of deliverance, and the observance involves a festive nightlong vigil with prayers, feasting and illumination.

Muslims observe Mid-Sha’ban as a night of worship and salvation; it is a night noted for its great blessings and virtues, when Allah determines the destiny of all people, including whether a person lives or dies in the coming year. For this reason it is sometimes called the “Night of Emancipation.” The date also may commemorate the saving of Noah’s followers from the deluge by Allah.

The Glorious Qur’an describes it as the blessed night, and fortunate indeed are those who attain the full blessings and benefits of this night by spending it in performing good and refraining from evil.

‘Ali (pbuh) narrates that the Prophet (saws) said, “When it is the fifteenth of Sha’ban, then stand (in worship) at night and fast during the day. Because Allah subhanahu wata’aala descends in this night at sunset to the first heaven and says: ‘Is there any seeker of forgiveness, that I may forgive him? Is there any seeker of sustenance, that I may sustain him? Is there anyone in affliction, that I may remove his affliction? And so on. This continues until Fajr, the dawn prayer.”  – (Ibn Mãjah)

Ya Haqq!


5 Responses to The 15th of Sha’ban – July 16, 2011

  1. Shaban is the month of prophet in which he use to perform many acts of worship like fast, prayers, many wazaif to get and sooth his nation. holy prophet never losses any part in his life to beg ALLAH to forgive his Ummah.

  2. Jayasri says:

    I find the seasonal references interesting. In South Asia, Shraavan or Shaavan is the highest point of the monsoon rains, and a 40-day deluge would be conceivable!

  3. Assalamu `alaikum, unity and friendship greetings .. I apologize if my english is not good, because I am from Indonesia, just wanted to share add knowledge about Islam and the majestic beauty of the night nisfu Shaban
    In the book “Mukasyafatul Qulub” by Imam Al Ghazali mentioned:

    That indeed at 13 Sya `ban, the Prophet Muhammad would beg to Allah SWT` t bagiumatnya intercessor, then gave an intercessor `at that one-third for his people, then on the night of 14 Sya` ban, the Prophet Muhammad beg again, then Allah gave to two-thirds for his people and eventually on the night of 15 Sya `ban Allah gives to all Muslims except those who run away and stay away from Allah with all routine disobedience.

    Means running the `good deeds in the form of bowing, prostrating, dhikr, do` a or the other at night Nisfu Sya `ban is recommended yng virtue, not a bid` ah especially misguided. Let alone a full night of glory, where the virtues taught by Salafunashalihin, night-night ordinary Muslims are encouraged to always Istiqomah in worship. Muslims should return to the teachings Salafunasshalihin with the belief that they were the mentors of the people.
    glorious night nisfu sya ban

  4. unknown says:

    Salam. when do we keep the fast?

  5. Irving says:

    Fast of the 15th of Sha’ban

    On the day immediately following the Night of Bara’ah, i.e. the 15th of Sha’ban, it is mustahabb (advisable) to keep fast. Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, is reported to have recommended this fast emphatically. Although the scholars of hadith have some doubts in the authenticity of this report, yet it is mentioned earlier that the fasts of the first half of Sha’ban have special merits and Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, used to fast most of the days in Sha’ban. Moreover, a large number of the elders (salaf) of the Ummah have been observing the fast of the 15th of Sha’ban. This constant practice indicates that they have accepted the relevant hadith as authentic.

    Therefore, it is advisable to fast the 15th of Sha’ban as an optional (nafl) fast. One can also keep a fast of qada on this day and it is hoped that he can also benefit from the merits of this fast.

    Ya Haqq!

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