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    A Night of excellence in the Month of Shaban

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      Juzeeta khairan


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        "If you have burned the Jews, why don't you give a piece of Europe, the United States, Canada or Alaska to Israel. Our question is, if you have committed this huge crime, why should the innocent nation of Palestine pay for this crime?"


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            Is everyone doing it between thurs-fri or are some doing it between wed-thurs??
            Rajab is a month of cultivation


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              The 15th of Sha'baan: How Do We Understand It?

              It is well documented that the Prophet sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam would fast in the month of Sha'baan. This is recorded by al-Bukhaaree, Muslim and others.

              However, does the middle night (15th) of Sha'baan have any special significance? Is there anything to support the specific acts of worship performed by many Muslims on this night, such as fasting, lengthy salah etc? Such actions would require evidence from the Sharee'ah.

              The Messenger of Allaah sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam said: "Allaah the Blessed and Most High looks to His creation on the middle night of Sha'baan and forgives all of His creation except for the one who ascribes partners to Him and the one who shows enmity."

              This is an authentic (saheeh) hadeeth. It is recorded by Ibn Maajah (no.1390), Ahmad (no.6642), Ibn Hibbaan (no.1980) and others from a group of Companions. It is authenticated by al-Haythamee in az-Zawaa'id (8/65) saying: "Reported by at-Tabaraanee in al-Kabeer and in al-Awsat and its narrators are trustworthy" and it is further authenticated by Shaikh al-Albaanee in as-Saheehah (no.1144).

              From this hadith and others like it we come to know of the special significance of the middle night of Sha'baan.

              As for the other narrations concerning the 15th of Sha'baan (which are not authentic), the Hanafi scholar, Shaikh Mulla 'Alee al-Qaaree (d.1014H) rahimahullah records some of these ahadeeth in his book Al-Asraar al-Marfoo' (pp.439-440).

              The hadeeth: "Whoever prays on the middle night of Sha'baan with 30 rak'ahs, reciting in each rak'ah Soorah al-Ikhlaas 30 times, he is permitted to intercede for ten of those who were destined for the Fire."

              The hadeeth: "Whoever recites on the middle night of Sha'baan 1000 times Soorah al-Ikhlaas... Allaah sends to him 100,000 Angels to convey the good news to him."

              The hadeeth: "O 'Alee! Whoever prays 100 rak'ahs on the middle night of Sha'baan reciting 100 times Soorah al-Ikhlaas..."

              Shaikh al-Qaaree goes on to say: "Prayers such as these were newly introduced into Islaam following the first 400 years, emerging from the region of Bayt al-Muqadis, thereafter ahadeeth were fabricated in their favour," and he further says, "There are other ahadeeth of this nature and there is nothing authentic in them whatsoever." [end of quote from Shaikh al-Qaaree]

              Likewise, Ash-Shawkanee (d.1250H) lists a number of hadeeth similar to the above in which various numbers of raka'hs (along with specific soorahs) are instructed to be prayed on the middle night of Sha'baan which he concludes by saying: "All of it is futile and fabricated." (Al-Fawa'id al-Majmu' fee Ahadeeth al-Mawdu' no.147-148)

              And al-Ghazaalee mentions prayer on the middle night of Sha'baan in his book Ihya 'Uloom ad-Deen, saying: "The prayer of Sha'baan is observed in the night of the 15th Sha'baan with 100 rak'ahs."

              Commenting on this al-Haafidh al-'Iraaqee (d. approx 800H) wrote in Al-Mughnee (no.634): "A futile narration."

              Evidence is also sought with the following hadeeth: "If the middle night of Sha'baan comes, you should offer prayer during the night and observe fast during the day..."

              This hadith is recorded by Ibn Majah with his chain of transmission, and it is not authentic. Al-'Iraaqee says in Al-Mughnee (no.634): "Its chain of transmission is weak" and the same is said by al-Bowsaree in his book az Zawaa'id. Its weakness is, in fact, very severe since its chain of transmission contains the narrator Aboo Bakr bin 'Abdullah bin Muhammad ibn Abee Sabrah. Imaam al-Bukhaaree said about him: "Rejected in hadeeth" and an-Nasaa'ee said: "He is abandoned in hadeeth" and Imaam Ahmed said: "He used to fabricate hadeeth." Therefore, Shaikh al-Albaanee indicates that this hadith is extremely weak in Mishkaat (1/no.1308).

              The hadeeth: "In it (i.e. the 15th of Sha'baan) a record is made of every human who will be born and of every human who will die that year, in it their actions are taken up to Heaven and in it their provision is sent down..."

              The narration is attributed to al-Bayhaaqee in ad-Da'waat al-Kabeer. This is one of the principle narrations used by those who believe that it is on the middle night of Sha'baan that such things are decreed. Its authenticity should certainly be looked into. Everyone who claims that it is authentic has the burden of proof to establish that every man in its chain of transmission is trustworthy and reliable and that the chain is connected without having any defects. Shaikh al-Albaanee writes in Mishkaat (1/no.1305): "I did not come across it in the book (i.e. of al-Bayhaaqee), nor have I come across its isnaad, nor anyone who has spoken about it, and in all probability it is

              And there is another narration saying: "Indeed Allaah records in it (i.e. in Sha'baan) the persons who will die that year..."

              It is reported by Abu Ya'la in his Musnad (8/no.4911). Its chain of transmission contains Suwayd bin Sa'eed and Muslim bin Khalid az-Zanjee and they are both weak narrators as Ibn Hajar says in at-Taqreeb. In addition to this, the narration speaks only of Sha'baan in general and mentions nothing concerning the 15th of that month so there is no proof in this for those who seek to single out this night. There is a similar narration in an-Nasaa'ee (4/no.201).

              What is correct is that the night on which all of these things are decreed is Laylatul-Qadr. Allaah the Most High says:

              "We sent it (the Qur'aan) down on a blessed night. Verily, We are ever warning.
              Therein (that night) is decreed every matter of ordainments." [Soorah ad-Dukhaan (44):3-4]

              So this takes place on Laylatul-Qadr, see Soorah 97; and this is during Ramadhaan and not Sha'baan, see Soorah 2:185.

              Once the weakness of these narrations is clear it becomes impermissible to publicise them among the Muslims without clearly indicating their weakness.

              The Messenger of Allaah sallallau 'alayhi wa sallam said: "He who narrates from me a saying which he thinks is a lie, then he is one of the liars." Reported by Muslim.

              Ibn Hibbaan rahimahullah comments in his book 'ad-Du'afaa' (1/7-8):

              "In this narration is a proof that if the Scholar of Hadith narrates something which is not authentic from the Prophet sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam from what is attributed to him incorrectly and he knows that [it is weak] then he is like one of the liars. And the text of the narration is even stronger than that since he sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam said "He who narrates from me a saying which he thinks is a lie..." and he did not say "which he is sure is a lie," so everyone who doubts about what he narrates, whether it is authentic or not, then he falls under the address of this narration."

              And the Prophet sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam also said "It is enough falsehood for a person that he narrates everything which he hears"

              Ibn Hibbaan also said (1/9):

              "This narration contains a strong warning against a person narrating everything which he hears until he knows for certain that it is authentic."

              Imaam Muslim rahimahullah explains in the introduction to his famous book Saheeh Muslim:

              "The authentic narrations from reliable narrators and people of precision are so plentiful that there is no need for the narration of someone who is not reliable. I think that most of those who do what we have described with these weak ahaadeeth and unknown chains of transmission and accept them after knowing their weakness, then I think they narrate and accept them only to seek increase before the common people, so that it may be said, 'What a lot of hadeeth so and so has collected and how much he has compiled!' And one who behaves in this way with regard to knowledge and follows this course then it is more fitting that he be called ignorant than that he should be described as having knowledge."

              Imaam Muslim goes on to say:

              "And know, may Allaah - the Most High - grant you success, that what is obligatory upon everyone who is able to distinguish between authentic and weak narrations and between reliable and suspect narrators is that he should not narrate therefrom except that which is known to be authentic and have trustworthy narrators and that he should avoid thereof that which is narrated by narrators accused of lying, or wilful innovators."

              Nor is there any allowance in the Sharee'ah to use hadith which are weak in order to introduce acts of worship at specific times of the day, week or year, which were not practised by the Prophet sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam or his companions. Yes, the Prophet would fast and pray, but did he or his companions do so on the 15th night of Sha'baan? No! There is, as has been explained, no evidence for this. And there is no justification in using hadith which are weak (some of which are outright fabrications) to encourage the Muslims to pray or fast on this night in opposition to the practice of the Prophet sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam.

              Ibn Taymiyyah writes in Majmoo' al-Fataawaa (18/65-68): "...if the weak ahaadeeth about excellent actions (fadaa'il 'amaal) contain specifications and limitations, such as prayer in a particular time with a certain recitation, or with particular characteristics, then this is not permissible since declaring that particular way to be recommended requires a proof from the Sharee'ah..."

              And Allah knows best and He is the one who grants success.:lailah:
              Syed Alijan Jaffery Isphani (Ex.Shia)


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                The facts....

                1) The vasy majority of narrations declaring the benefits and virtues of Laylatu Bara'at are weak.

                2) However, since these narrations aee numerous and the weakness in many is not severe, the virtue of this NIGHT will be considered authentic. Even Allamah Ibn Taymiyyah, a scholar notorious for refuting such things also accepts the virtue of the night of Bara'at. He says: 'So many ahaadith and reports exist regarding the excellence of the fifteenth night of Shabaan that one is compelled to accept that this night does possess some virtue'.
                9Faydhul Qadeer p. 317, v. 2)

                3) Allamah Anwar Shah Kashimiri has written regarding the matter that the significance of the night is proven. There is however no prffo for those wean and unacceptable narrations mentioned in certain books. (al-Arf al-Shizee p. 156)

                4) There is no specific prescribed Salaah reserved for this night.

                5) There is no specific form of Ibadah prescribed for this night.

                6) It was the noble habit of Rasoolullah Sallallahu alaihi wasallam to engage in ibadah during the last portion of every night. Ibadah was not restricted to the 15th of Shaban or any other specific night. Ayesha Radhiyallahu anha reports that Rasoolullah Sallallahu alaihi wasallam used to go to bed during the first portion of the night and he would stay awake the last portion of the night (spending it in ibadah). (Bukhari and Muslim)

                7) Allah Ta'ala descends to the nearest heaven during the last third of every night. (Bukhari p. 153) This is not restricted to the 15th night of Sha'ban.

                8) Visiting the graveyard is not a special characteristic of this night; it is proven from other authentic narrations that Rasoolullah Sallallahu alaihi wasallam would visit the graveyard during the last portion of many nights.

                9) It is the consensus (ijma) of all jurists that it is better for an individual to perform optional prayers in ones own home.

                10) It was the practise of Rasoolullah Salllallahu alaihi wasallam and the Sahaabah Radhiyallahu anhum to engage in Nafl/optional prayers in their own homes. One can conclude from this that the customs and traditions prevalent today where people assemble on nights such as these have no base in the Qur'an or Sunnah.

                11) Fasting on the 15th of Sha'ban is not proven from any Sahih Hadith

                12) It is a misconception that the fast of the 15th of Sha'ban is Sunnah.
                There is only one hadtih regarding fasting on this day but it is extremely weak, as one of its narrators, Ibn Abi Sabirah is extremely weak, has been accused of fabricating Ahaadith too. (Mizaan al-I'tidaal, p. 503, v. 4) NO ACTION CAN BE PROVEN SUNNAH ON THE BASIS OF SUCH A WEAK HADITH.

                13) Fasting in the month of Sha'ban without the specification of any day is proven from Rasoolullah Sallallahu alaihi wasallam. Infact, he used to fast excessively during this month.

                14) Fasting on the ayyam-e-Beedh (13th, 14th and 15th of every lunar month) is proven from the Ahaadith.

                15) The BLESSED NIGHT, mentioned in Surah Dukhan of the Quran, according to the Majority (Jumhoor) is the night of Qadr, and not the 15th night of Sha'baan.

                16) The name Laylatul Bara'at was intoduced after a few centuries. Earlier Hadith books would mention Ahaadith regarding this night under the heading laylat al-Nisf min Sha'ban (Chapter on the night of the 15th of Sha'ban)

                17) The custom of cooking a specific food for the 15th night of Sha'ban has no basis in the Qur'an or Sunnah. Nor does the lighting of lamps or having lighting outside the Masaajid as practised by some people.


                1) Value this night. Turn to Allah in ibadah (in your own homes). Seek forgiveness for the sins you may have committed.

                2) There is no specific form of Ibadah prescribed by Shari'ah for this night.

                3) Dont engage in any form of Bid'ah

                4) Dont restrict the visiting of the graveyard or any form of Isaale Thawaab to the 15th night.

                5) Fast as much as you can in the month of Sha'ban. However, if one fears this may make him weak by the time Ramadhan comes then he should not keep in the second half of Sha'ban.

                6) Dont fast specifically on the 15th of Sha'ban as this would give the impression that yoiu consider it Sunnah.

                7) Nafl Ibadah is best performed individually at home. Avoid large gatherings.

                8) Success lies in obeying the commands of Allah and adhering to the teachings of our Nabi, Muhammad Sallallahu alaihi wasallam
                Syed Alijan Jaffery Isphani (Ex.Shia)


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                  Excellent thread brother, Jazaak Allaah Khayr for this!



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