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The Excellency of the 15th Night of Shabaan

Many Muslims in various countries pray on the 15th night of Shabaan, and ask for forgiveness of their sins and on the following day proceed to fast. To do this is in no way against the Qur’an nor the Sunnah. There are many narrations that support its validity.


There is one night in the year when Allah (Soobha Nahu Wata’ala) gives the knowledge to the Angels, about what is going to happen in the following year, for example, who is going to die, who will be born, who will be ill and how much food people will have in the year, etc.

The Majority of the scholars of Islam say:

That night is Laila-tul-Qadar in the month of Ramadan but the other scholars like Ikramah who is student of Abdullah bin Abbas (Radi allahu unho) says that night is 15th of Shabaan. There is a Hadith which Imam Tabari (Radi allahu unho) writes: Prophet [May Allah bless Him and grant Him peace] said, ‘From Shabaan to Shabaan there is a decision made of who is going to die, be married and some people get married but their names are written in the death
program. [Tafsir Tabari, under Surah Dukhan, verse 1 by Imam Tabari]

This narration is Ikrama’s, the other scholar’s statements are proven that 15th night of Shabaan is a holy night but there is no doubt that Allah (Soobha Nahu Wata’ala) gives the full knowledge to the Angels in the night of Laila-tul-Qadar, which is in the month of Ramadan.

If we read all the narration's regarding Laila-tul-Qadar and the 15th night of Shabaan we can reach the conclusion that the yearly program started on the 15th night of Shabaan and completed on Laila-tul-Qadar. There might be a suspicion as to ‘why does a year program take so long from Shabaan to Ramadan? The answer is Allah knows the best. No one can understand for sure the philosophy of Allah’s work. He made the worlds in six days. Who knows why He took six days to make the worlds. To examine all of the above statements consult these books:

“Tafsir Tabari, Fathul Qadeer by Qadi Shawkani, Tafsir Qurtabi, Tafsir Bagawi, Tafsir Mazhari, Tafsir Ma’ah riyful Qur’an, Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Tafsir Zia-ul-Qur’an under the verse of Surah Al- Dokhan verse 1 to 5”

There are some other narrations that inform us about the Excellency of the 15th night of Shabaan.

Imam Ibn Majah states:

It is narrated by Ali (Radi allahu unho) that the Prophet [May Allah bless Him and grant Him peace] stated; “ when it is the 15th night of Shabaan, do Qiyaam in the night, and fast in the morning, and ask for forgiveness. Because on that night Allah calls: ‘Is there anyone who is asking for forgiveness so that I can forgive them, who is in distress that I may relieve his distress, is there anyone who needs (rizq) food that I may give it to him.’ And this continues till the morning.” [Ibn Majah chapter Salaah]

Imam Tirmidhi writes:

Aisha Radi Allahu unha said: “On this night the Prophet [May Allah bless Him and grant Him peace] went to Jannat-ul-Baqee to make du’a, I followed him. The Prophet [May Allah bless Him and grant Him peace] said to me: Allah puts His attention towards the first Heaven, and forgives the sins of the people, even if they were equivalent to the hairs of the goats of Bunn Qalb. (A tribe who at the time had a lot of goats)
[ Tirmidhi , Kitab-us-Siyaam]

Imam Bukhari has objected upon one narrator but this is compensated by the fact that Ibn Maja has narrated it with different narrations (chains).

Allama Dhahabi, and Hafidhh Ibn Kathir quoted from Hafidhh Abu Zurah that only 30 Hadith in Ibn Majah are weak. [Tadhkaratul- Hufaadh by Hafidhh Dha'ha'bi and Tareek Ibn Kathir biography Ibn Majah

Some other people have stated that more than 30 Hadith are da’eef, (weak) but the narrations we have are not amongst those 30, that is why these Hadith can be used to support the validity of 15th Shabaan night.

Even Imam Tirmidhi’s narration is weak but this does not belittle the subject, when it concerns its merits and excellence - since weak narrations are still acceptable. However, we would like to ask those people who are so against the Mid Shabaan, wether they have even a weak hadith to disprove the prayers on the 15th of Shabaan? In reality they have no narration against the 15th night of Shabaan. If there are any they should prove it. Those who are against the 15th night of Shabaan usually say ‘Why do you celebrate the 15th night of Shabaan?’ The answer is why do all of the Saudi Arabian scholars celebrate Laila-tul-Qadar on the 27th of Ramadan in Haramain (Makkah and Madinah). ‘Did the Prophet [May Allah bless Him and grant Him peace] and his companions' celebrate the Laila-tul-Qadar on the 27th of Ramadan?’ The answer is no, they did not. So if this is permitted the 15th night of Shabaan is also permitted as well.

The Ahl-Sunnah say this is a permissible act, but it is not a Sunnah. There is enough proof that if the majority of the Muslims consider it to be good then it is sufficient. As the Prophet [May Allah bless Him and grant Him peace] stated: The thing that group of a Muslims says is good, it is accepted to Allah.
[ “Mishkat chapter Ihtisaam”]

Two great followers of Ibn Taymiyah and Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab Al Najdi, are Hafidhh Abdullah Rawpari and Thanaa’ullah Amritsari, both state that to worship on the 15th night of Shabaan is not Bid’ah and the person who does Ibada (Worship) on this night will obtain reward for it. The narrations concerning this night are weak but this does not matter since weak Ahadith are acceptable for virtuous actions.
[Fatawa Ahl-e-Hadith by Hafidhh Rawpari and Fatawa Thanaa’iya by Thana’ullah Amritsari, chapter on fasting]

Hafidhh Ibn Tayymiya writes:

The excellency regarding the 15th of Shabaan is an area of dispute between the Scholars, some of them say that there is no significance of this night, but Imam Ahmed recognises the excellency of this night, our other Hanbli Scholars also agree with Imam Ahmed. There are Ahadith on this night being significant, some of them are from Sunnan (Tirmizy, Ibn Majah) and the other Ahdeeth books as well
[Iqtidah Siratul Mustaqeem page 203 by Hafidhh Ibn Taymiyah]

The people who reject the significance of this night argue that the holy Qur’an was not revealed on this night so that is why there is no significance of this night It is true that the Holy Qur’an was revealed in Ramadan, but the significance is because the Ahadeeth that tells us bout the reward one will get if he/She worshipped on15th night of Shabaan. We pray to Allah if everything stated is correct eccept it, but if there is any mistake may Allah forgive us. (Amin)


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Today is night of 15 Sha'aban according to Makkah Hijri Calender dont forget to pray this night

Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, to have said,
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"This is the middle Night of Sha'ban. Allah frees in it a large number of the people from Fire, more than the number of the hair growing on the sheep of the tribe, Kalb. But He does not even look at a person who associates partners with Allah, or at a person who nourishes malice in his heart (against someone), or at a person who cuts off the ties of kinship, or at a man who leaves his clothes extending beyond his ankles (as a sign of pride), or at a person who disobeys his parents, or at a person who has a habit of drinking wine."


Sayyidna Mu'adh ibn Jabal, Radi-Allahu anhu, reports that Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, has said:
Quote:
"Allah Almighty looks upon all those created by Him in the middle Night of Sha'ban and forgives all those created by Him, except the one who associates partners with Him or the one who has malice in his heart (against a Muslim)".

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Today is night of 15 Sha'aban according to Makkah Hijri Calender dont forget to pray this night

Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, to have said,
Quote:
"This is the middle Night of Sha'ban. Allah frees in it a large number of the people from Fire, more than the number of the hair growing on the sheep of the tribe, Kalb. But He does not even look at a person who associates partners with Allah, or at a person who nourishes malice in his heart (against someone), or at a person who cuts off the ties of kinship, or at a man who leaves his clothes extending beyond his ankles (as a sign of pride), or at a person who disobeys his parents, or at a person who has a habit of drinking wine."


Sayyidna Mu'adh ibn Jabal, Radi-Allahu anhu, reports that Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, has said:
Quote:
"Allah Almighty looks upon all those created by Him in the middle Night of Sha'ban and forgives all those created by Him, except the one who associates partners with Him or the one who has malice in his heart (against a Muslim)".



15th Shabaan is really so blessed night? are these Sahih Hadith's? :think:

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SubhanAllah!

Chance of freedom from the hell fire (:

Utilize your night wisely I'd say, i.e. Dhikr, saalah, make lots and lots of duaa, sending salutations upon the beloved Prophet..etc.

Who knows eh, our chance to redeem ourselves inshAllah and ask that Allah Almighty makes our future easy for us.

My leaf may fall tonight, so please remember me in your duaa's and forgive me if I may have said anything unintentionally.


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15th Shabaan is really so blessed night? are these Sahih Hadith's? :think:

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Ali Yazeed wrote:
15th Shabaan is really so blessed night? are these Sahih Hadith's? :think:

http://www.madania.org/index.php?option ... s&Itemid=4


What is Shab e Baraat that is celebrated by many South Asian Muslims?

Praise be to Allaah.

Some Muslims celebrate the middle of Sha‘baan, fasting on that day and spending that night in prayer (qiyaam). There is a hadeeth concerning that which is not saheeh, hence the scholars regarded celebrating this day as an innovation (bid ‘ah).

Muhammad ‘Abd al-Salaam al-Shuqayri said: Imam al-Fatni said in Tadhkirat al-Mawdoo‘aat: Among the innovations that have been introduced on “Laylat an-Nusf” (mid-Sha‘baan) is al-Salaat al-Alfiyyah, which is one hundred rak‘ahs in which Soorat al-Ikhlaas is recited ten times in each rak‘ah, offered in congregation; they pay more attention to this than to Jumu‘ah and Eid prayers, although there is no report concerning it, except da‘eef (weak) and mawdoo‘ (fabricated) reports, and we should not be deceived by the fact that these reports were quoted by the authors of al-Qoot and al-Ihya’ and others, nor should we be deceived by what was mentioned in Tafseer al-Tha‘labi, that it is Laylat al-Qadr. End quote.

Al-‘Iraaqi said: The hadeeth about the prayer on Laylat al-Nisf (mid-Sha‘baan) is false. Ibn al-Jawzi narrated it in al-Mawdoo‘aat (which is a compilation of fabricated hadeeths):

Chapter on the hadeeth, prayer and supplication on Laylat al-Nisf:

The hadeeth, “When the night of ‘nisf Sha‘baan’ (mid-Sha‘baan) comes, spend the night in prayer and fast on that day” was narrated by Ibn Maajah from ‘Ali. Muhashiyyah said: (It was also narrated) in al-Zawaa’id. Its isnaad is da‘eef (weak) because of the weakness of Ibn Abi Basrah, of whom Ahmad and Ibn Ma‘een said: He fabricates hadeeth.

Praying six rak‘ahs on Laylat al-Nisf with the intention of warding off calamity, having a long life and being independent of people, and reciting Ya-Seen and offering du‘aa’ in between that -- there is no doubt that this is something that has been introduced into the religion and is contrary to the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him). The commentator on al-Ihya’ said: This prayer is well known in the books of later Sufi masters, but I have not seen any saheeh report in the Sunnah to support it and the connected du‘aa’. Rather this is the action of some shaykhs. Our companions said: It is makrooh to gather on any of the nights mentioned in the mosques or elsewhere. Al-Najm al-Ghayti said, describing spending the night of al-Nisf min Sh‘baan (mid-Sha‘baan) praying in congregation: That was denounced by most of the scholars of the Hijaz, including ‘Ata’ and Ibn Abi Mulaykah, the fuqaha’ of Madinah and the companions of Maalik. They said: All of that is an innovation (bid‘ah) and there is no report to suggest that the Prophet spent that night in praying in congregation or that his Companions did that either. Al-Nawawi said: The prayers of Rajab and Sha‘baan are two reprehensible innovations. End quote from al-Sunan wa’l-Mubtada‘aat, p. 144

Al-Fatni (may Allah have mercy on him) said, after the comments quoted above: The common folk are so infatuated with this prayer that they stored up a lot of fuel for it and many evils resulted from it, and many transgressions are committed which we do no need to describe. (It is so bad that) the close friends of Allah feared His punishment and fled into the wilderness. The first time this prayer occurred was in Bayt al-Maqdis (Jerusalem) in 448 AH. Zayd ibn Aslam said: We never saw any of our shaykhs or fuqaha’ saying that Laylat al-Baraa’ah (15 Sha‘baan) had any superiority over other nights. Ibn Dihyah said: The hadeeths about the prayer on Laylat al-Baraa’ah are fabricated and one has an interruption in the isnaad. Anyone who acts upon a report which is known to be false is a servant of the Shaytaan.

End quote from Tadhkirat al-Mawdoo‘aat by al-Fatni, p. 45

See: al-Mawdoo‘aat by Ibn al-Jawzi, 2/127; al-Manaar al-Muneef fil Saheeh wa’l-Da‘eef by Ibn al-Qayyim, p. 98; al-Fawaa’id al-Majmoo‘ah by al-Shawkaani, p. 51

Some people use the word al-Sha‘baaniyyah to refer to the last days of Sha‘baan, and say, “These are the days of bidding farewell to food,” and they take advantage of these days to eat a lot before Ramadan begins. Some scholars say that this idea was originally taken from the Christians, who used to do that as their fasting period (Lent) approached.

To sum up, there is no celebration in Sha‘baan and there is no special act of worship to be performed in the middle of it or during the last days of the month. Doing that is an innovation that has been introduced into the religion.


And Allah knows best.

REFERENCE: http://islamqa.info/en/ref/154850

This wasn't a practice of Prophet (sa) nor Sahabas... All we got to do is search for truth, not to follow Blindly! If we differ in this, then its upon us, I seek no conflict here whatsoever...

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Thanks for the reminder brother!

But is it today or tomorrow night? According to this calender today is 14th Shaban... http://www.islamicfinder.org/Hcal/index.php

Forgive my ignorance...

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amir786_z wrote:
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Ali Yazeed wrote:
15th Shabaan is really so blessed night? are these Sahih Hadith's? :think:

http://www.madania.org/index.php?option ... s&Itemid=4


What is Shab e Baraat that is celebrated by many South Asian Muslims?

Praise be to Allaah.

Some Muslims celebrate the middle of Sha‘baan, fasting on that day and spending that night in prayer (qiyaam). There is a hadeeth concerning that which is not saheeh, hence the scholars regarded celebrating this day as an innovation (bid ‘ah).

Muhammad ‘Abd al-Salaam al-Shuqayri said: Imam al-Fatni said in Tadhkirat al-Mawdoo‘aat: Among the innovations that have been introduced on “Laylat an-Nusf” (mid-Sha‘baan) is al-Salaat al-Alfiyyah, which is one hundred rak‘ahs in which Soorat al-Ikhlaas is recited ten times in each rak‘ah, offered in congregation; they pay more attention to this than to Jumu‘ah and Eid prayers, although there is no report concerning it, except da‘eef (weak) and mawdoo‘ (fabricated) reports, and we should not be deceived by the fact that these reports were quoted by the authors of al-Qoot and al-Ihya’ and others, nor should we be deceived by what was mentioned in Tafseer al-Tha‘labi, that it is Laylat al-Qadr. End quote.

Al-‘Iraaqi said: The hadeeth about the prayer on Laylat al-Nisf (mid-Sha‘baan) is false. Ibn al-Jawzi narrated it in al-Mawdoo‘aat (which is a compilation of fabricated hadeeths):

Chapter on the hadeeth, prayer and supplication on Laylat al-Nisf:

The hadeeth, “When the night of ‘nisf Sha‘baan’ (mid-Sha‘baan) comes, spend the night in prayer and fast on that day” was narrated by Ibn Maajah from ‘Ali. Muhashiyyah said: (It was also narrated) in al-Zawaa’id. Its isnaad is da‘eef (weak) because of the weakness of Ibn Abi Basrah, of whom Ahmad and Ibn Ma‘een said: He fabricates hadeeth.

Praying six rak‘ahs on Laylat al-Nisf with the intention of warding off calamity, having a long life and being independent of people, and reciting Ya-Seen and offering du‘aa’ in between that -- there is no doubt that this is something that has been introduced into the religion and is contrary to the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him). The commentator on al-Ihya’ said: This prayer is well known in the books of later Sufi masters, but I have not seen any saheeh report in the Sunnah to support it and the connected du‘aa’. Rather this is the action of some shaykhs. Our companions said: It is makrooh to gather on any of the nights mentioned in the mosques or elsewhere. Al-Najm al-Ghayti said, describing spending the night of al-Nisf min Sh‘baan (mid-Sha‘baan) praying in congregation: That was denounced by most of the scholars of the Hijaz, including ‘Ata’ and Ibn Abi Mulaykah, the fuqaha’ of Madinah and the companions of Maalik. They said: All of that is an innovation (bid‘ah) and there is no report to suggest that the Prophet spent that night in praying in congregation or that his Companions did that either. Al-Nawawi said: The prayers of Rajab and Sha‘baan are two reprehensible innovations. End quote from al-Sunan wa’l-Mubtada‘aat, p. 144

Al-Fatni (may Allah have mercy on him) said, after the comments quoted above: The common folk are so infatuated with this prayer that they stored up a lot of fuel for it and many evils resulted from it, and many transgressions are committed which we do no need to describe. (It is so bad that) the close friends of Allah feared His punishment and fled into the wilderness. The first time this prayer occurred was in Bayt al-Maqdis (Jerusalem) in 448 AH. Zayd ibn Aslam said: We never saw any of our shaykhs or fuqaha’ saying that Laylat al-Baraa’ah (15 Sha‘baan) had any superiority over other nights. Ibn Dihyah said: The hadeeths about the prayer on Laylat al-Baraa’ah are fabricated and one has an interruption in the isnaad. Anyone who acts upon a report which is known to be false is a servant of the Shaytaan.

End quote from Tadhkirat al-Mawdoo‘aat by al-Fatni, p. 45

See: al-Mawdoo‘aat by Ibn al-Jawzi, 2/127; al-Manaar al-Muneef fil Saheeh wa’l-Da‘eef by Ibn al-Qayyim, p. 98; al-Fawaa’id al-Majmoo‘ah by al-Shawkaani, p. 51

Some people use the word al-Sha‘baaniyyah to refer to the last days of Sha‘baan, and say, “These are the days of bidding farewell to food,” and they take advantage of these days to eat a lot before Ramadan begins. Some scholars say that this idea was originally taken from the Christians, who used to do that as their fasting period (Lent) approached.

To sum up, there is no celebration in Sha‘baan and there is no special act of worship to be performed in the middle of it or during the last days of the month. Doing that is an innovation that has been introduced into the religion.


And Allah knows best.

REFERENCE: http://islamqa.info/en/ref/154850

This wasn't a practice of Prophet (sa) nor Sahabas... All we got to do is search for truth, not to follow Blindly! If we differ in this, then its upon us, I seek no conflict here whatsoever...

May ALLAH guide us all . . . Ameen Ya Rabb Al-Alamin

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Jazak'Allah Khair for posting this.

Its unfortunately a dominant practise that seriously needs to end..it makes one shudder in fear of how so many made up things are being observed as Islamic practises, Islam came perfected in the time of the Prophet Muhammad Salalahu Walayhusalam, don't blame the people at all for fleeing into the wilderness in fear of Allah.

Its not easy to break away from the blind following but its vital...

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Jazak'Allah Khair for posting this.

Its unfortunately a dominant practise that seriously needs to end..it makes one shudder in fear of how so many made up things are being observed as Islamic practises, Islam came perfected in the time of the Prophet Muhammad Salalahu Walayhusalam, don't blame the people at all for fleeing into the wilderness in fear of Allah.

Its not easy to break away from the blind following but its vital...



Wa Hiyyakum Akhi... :)

There are many innovated practices found in Jews and Christians that does not mean that Islam will be saved from them... It was a regular practice of Prophet (sa) to fast on 13,14 and 15th of every month and the Hadith of Mother Aisha (ra) is weak about going to Graveyard, as mentioned in Tirmidhi...

I would request all to ask some scholars with regards to this night cuz Prophet (sa) has told us about only 1 night and that is Laylatul-Qadr, in Ramadhan can be on any odd day 21, 23, 25, 27 or 29.... b'cuz anything which is innovated worship will be rejected!!!

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I'm very surprised at the lack of research currently being conducted here on this subject, and worse - at the way in which people here are calling this an innovation.

Clarification on the significance of the night of Bara'ah (Laylatul Bara'ah)


The world renowned scholar Sheikh Mufti Taqi Uthmani says regarding the night of Bar'ah night:

The worship in the night and fast of the day of the 15th of Shabaan is based on a tradition reported by Sayiddna Ali. Its text runs as follows :

When the Middle Night of Shabaan arrives, you should stand (Praying) in the night and should fast in the day following it. This Hadith is recorded by Ibn Majah in his Sunan, one of the famous six books of Hadith, and also by Baihaqi in his famous book Shu'ab-al-'iman'.

Both of them have reported it without any comment about its authenticity. But after a critical analysis of its chain of narrators it is found that this tradition is mainly based on the report of Abu Bakr Ibn Abi Saburah whose narrations cannot be relied upon. That is why the scholars of Hadith have declared it as a weak (da'if) tradition. However, the allegation that the narrator of this Hadith i.e. Abu Bakr ibn Abi Saburah, is a fabricator who used to coin forged traditions does not seem correct. In fact, he was mufti of Madinah, a well-known jurist and he was appointed as a qadi (Judge) of Iraq in the days of Mansur and was succeeded in this office by Imam Abu Yousuf. He was a colleague of Imam Malik.

Once Mansur, the Abbasi Caliph, asked Imam Malik referred to three names, and one of them was that of Ibn Abi Saburah. Had he been a fabricator, Imam Malik would have never referred to his name in this context. But despite his high position among the jurists, his memory was not of the standard required for the uthenticity of a tradition. That is why most of the critics of Hadith like Imam Bukhari etc. Have held him as weak, but did not declare him a fabricator.

Only Imam Ahmed is reported to have remarked about him that he fabricates Hadith. But this remark alone is not sufficient to hold him as a fabricator, for two reasons: Firstly Imam Ahmed was born long after him, and his contemporary scholars never held him as such, secondly the Arabic words used by Imam Ahmed are some times used for confusing one tradition with another, and not for deliberate fabrication.

This is the reason why the majority of the scholars of Hadith have held Abu Bakr ibn Abi Saburah as a weak reporter of Hadith, but they did not declare him as a forger or fabricator. Now, coming to his tradition about the fast of the 15th Ramadan it is held by the scholars to be weak but i have not come across an authentic scholar who has treated it as a fabricated (Mawdu) Hadith. There are a number of books indicating the fabricated Ahadith, but this tradition is not included in these books as fabricated.

It is well-known that Ibn Majah consists of about twenty Ahadith held to be fabricated. The list of these fabricated AHadith is available, but the tradition in question is not included therein.

Hadith not fabricated:

Therefore, the correct position is that this Hadith is not fabricated. However, being reported by a weak narrator, it cannot be relied upon in the matter of the injunctions of Shariah. Thus, the fast of the 15th of Shabaan cannot be termed as Sunnah or Mustahab in the strict sense of the term. Nevertheless, it may be advisable to fast in the 15th of Shabaan without taking it as Sunnah for several reasons:

Firstly it is fully established through a large number of Ahadith that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has emphasized on the merits of fasting in Shabaan, and particularly in the first half of the month. The 15th day of Shabaan, being the last day of the first half, is included in the preferable days for fasting.

Secondly, the merits of the 15th night of Shabaan is established by more than a dozen Ahadith. It means that this night should be spent in prayers and other forms of worship. On the other hand, all the blessed nights which the Muslims are advised to spend in worship are generally followed by fasting on the coming day like in the Laylatul-Qadr, where fasting on the following day is obligatory, or like the first night Zilhijjah where fasting on the following days is optional, rather advisable. on this analogy, too, the 15th night of Shabaan may be followed by an optional fasting on the following day.

Thirdly, the tradition relating to the merits of fasting on 15th of Shabaan is, no doubt, a weak tradition, not competent to prove this practice to be a Sunnah or a formal Mustahabb, but it can be acted upon as a measure of precaution, provided that the practice is not taken as Sunnah or a formal Mustahabb. It is for these reasons that some Ulama and elders have been fasting on the 15th of Shabaan and have been taking it an advisable practice.


Other great scholars of the past on the night of Bara'ah:


Ibn Taymiyya was asked about the prayer of mid-Sha`ban [i.e. the night of]. He answered:

If a person prays that night alone, or in a select congregation, as many groups (tawaif) of the Early Muslims used to do, it is very good.

As for gathering in the mosque for a particular fixed prayer, such as gather for 100 rakats in which 1,000 QulhuwaAllahuAhad are read every time, this is a reprehensible innovation, which none of the imams have allowed.
[Ibn Taymiyya, al-Fatawa al-Kubra, 2; 222-138]


Ibn Tayymiya also said regarding this night:

The excellency regarding the 15th of Shabaan is an area of dispute between the Scholars, some of them say that there is no significance of this night, but Imam Ahmed recognises the excellency of this night, our other Hanbli Scholars also agree with Imam Ahmed. There are Ahadith on this night being significant, some of them are from Sunnan (Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah) and the other Ahdeeth books as well [Iqtidah Siratul Mustaqeem page 203 by Hafidhh Ibn Taymiyah]

Imam Ibn Majah states:

It is narrated by Ali (Ra) that the Prophet Mohammed (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) stated; “When it is the 15th night of Shabaan, do Qiyaam in the night, and fast in the morning, and ask for forgiveness. Because on that night Allah calls: ‘Is there anyone who is asking for forgiveness so that I can forgive them, who is in distress that I may relieve his distress, is there anyone who needs (rizq) food that I may give it to him.’ And this continues till the morning.” [Ibn Majah chapter Salaah]


Hafidh Rawpari & Thana'ullah Amritsari on the Night of Bara'ah:

Two great followers of Ibn Taymiyah and Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab Al Najdi, are Hafidhh Abdullah Rawpari and Thanaa’ullah Amritsari, both state that to worship on the 15th night of Shabaan is not Bid’ah and the person who does Ibada (Worship) on this night will obtain reward for it. The narrations concerning this night are weak but this does not matter since weak Ahadith are acceptable for virtuous actions. [Fatawa Ahl-e-Hadith by Hafidhh Rawpari and Fatawa Thanaa’iya by Thana’ullah Amritsari, chapter on fasting]


Sheikh Al-Albani also confirmed the significance of this night. Below is the hadith which he declares it Sahih:

Hadith: Allah turns towards his creation in the Night of "MID-SHABAN" and He forgives all of them except for a Mushrik and one who hates other people (Albani calls it); "A SAHIH HADITH" narrated by group of Sahaba with different routes (Turuq) such as from Muadh bin Jabal (Ra), Abu Thalbah (Ra) Abdullah bin Umar (Ra), Abu Musa al Ashari (Ra), Abu Hurraira (Ra), Abu Bakr as Saddiq (ra), Awf bin Malik (ra) and Aisha (ra).The Hadith of Muadh bin Jabal (ra) comes through Makhul from Malik bin Yakhamir and It is "MARFU" narrated by Ibn Abi Asim in his As-Sunnah Hadith #512 [Nasir ud din Albani in Silsilat ul-Ahadith-as Sahiha, Volume No. 3, Page No. 135 #1144]

Sheikh Al Albani also said:

As for what is authentic regarding the night of the 15th of Sha'baan, [The Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam, said,]

"Allaah, the Blessed and Exalted, comes to His Creation on Laylatun-Nisf (the 15th night) of Sha'baan, and He forgives all of His Creation, except for the polytheist and the mushaahin ."

It is an authentic narration narrated by a number of Companions with a number or different chains that strengthen each other, by way of Mu'aath ibn Jabal, Aboo Tha'labah Al-Khushanee, 'Abdullaah ibn 'Amr, Aboo Moosaa Al-Ash'aree, Aboo Hurayrah, Aboo Bakr As-Siddeeq, 'Awf ibn Maalik, and 'Aa'ishah…


…So in summary, the narration is authentic without a doubt, as authenticity could be established for it even if there were not so many routes, so long as they are free of any severe weaknesses, as is the case with this narration.

Source: http://fatwa-online.com/news/0021017.htm


Imam Nawawi (Ra) mentioned in his Majmu`, where he also quoted Imam al-Shafi`i from the latters al-Umm that it has reached him that there are 5 nights when dua is answered, one of them being the night of the 15th of Sha`ban.

There are many other narrations from the Companions and early Muslims confirming this matter, as mentioned by Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali in his Lataif al-Ma`arif, and others.

So if the above scholars of the past and many of the present declare this night as having some significance then who are we as lay people to say otherwise without any proof or evidence as the above scholars have. Al we are doing is parroting the scholars who have deemed it insignificant instead of respecting the differences of opinion.

Therefore to declare such night as bida'a is declaring the above scholars as those who promote bida'a.


Sheikh Mufti Taqi Uthmani concludes regarding the night of Bara'ah:

Although the chain of narrators of some of these traditions regarding this night suffers with some minor technical defects, yet when all these traditions are combined together, it becomes clear that this night has some well founded merits, and observing this night as a sacred night is not a baseless concoction as envisaged by some modern scholars who, on the basis of these minor defects, have totally rejected to give any special importance to this night. In fact, some of these traditions have been held by some scholars of hadith as authentic and the defects in the chain of some others have been treated by them as minor technical defects which, according to the science of hadith, are curable by the variety of their ways of narration. That is why the elders of the ummah have constantly been observing this night as a night of special merits and have been spending it in worship and prayers.


And Allah knows best in all matters

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I'm very surprised at the lack of research currently being conducted here on this subject, and worse - at the way in which people here are calling this an innovation.


so are you like :o

So dear Mr. Mufti, can you clarify us that if this night is so blessed than why did Prophet (sa) dint ordered His Sahaba's (ra) to follow what you are blabbering here? Why there "No" Sahih Hadith about this night? If you say you are right in your claim than this would be allegation towards Prophet (sa), that He alone did this deed and dint informed His Ummah. It was a common practice of Prophet (sa) to fast on 13, 14th and 15th of "Every" Month, not specifically b'cuz this is Laylatul Bara'ah, however every now and then.

It is Mustahab (desirable) to observe Sawm (Fasting) on three days of every month (13th, 14th, and 15th of every Hijri month), whether in Sha‘ban or any other month, because it was authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) commanded `Abdullah ibn `Amr ibn Al-`As to do so. It was also authentically reported that he (peace be upon him) advised Abu Al-Darda' and Abu Hurayrah to do so. Yet, there is nothing wrong if a person fasts these three days in some months and not in others, or to fast them at times and leave fasting them at others, because fasting them is a Nafilah (supererogatory act of worship) not a Faridah (obligatory act of worship). But it is preferable to observe fasting them every month, if possible.

The Hadith reads: "My friend (the Prophet, peace be upon him) advised me to observe three things: to fast three days a month, etc.", Al-Bukhari, Fat-h-ul-Bary, no. 1981; Muslim, no. 721; Abu Dawud, no. 1432; Al-Tirmidhy, no. 760; Al-Nasa'y, Al-Mujtaba, vol. 3, p. 229; and Ibn Khuzaymah, Sahih, no. 2123 from the Hadith narrated by Abu Hurayrah.

Every Night is significant, b'cuz every Night Allah comes to the lowest Heaven and ask His devotees to question Him for forgiveness, as stated by Prophet (sa). Your wonderful research is as equal as my Grand Pa's story which made me sleep... :yawn:

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Rather than just blindly discussing do's and donts of rituals.....

One point I find lacking coming into this discussion is the question;
WHAT REALLY HAPPENS DURING THIS NIGHT OF NISFU SYA'ABAN?

This is source originally in Malay; a website dedicated to the Habaibs (Ba'alawi) coming and going into the Nusantara region. This is what they have to say:

http://pondokhabib.wordpress.com/2011/0 ... u-syaaban/
<< rough translation >>

What are the privileges Nisfu Shaban night?

Sya'aban Nusf is the night where the book or file of age, living for a year we ascended to heaven and be replaced with a new book. (In the Sunset that night opened a new book, close the old book of books last year)

From `A'ishah, the Prophet Muhammad, said:" Did you (O `Aisha) what happened on this night?" - Sya'aban Nusf. Saiyidatina `She was asked," What happened on this night, O Messenger of Allah? "He said:" On this night will be written about each one son Adam who was born in the year and this night will be written the name of every son of Adam who will die this year, so this night will be lifted their deeds (to the Almighty), and this night will determine their income fall. "

He usually pay attention to the sky close to us at the end of the night (to listen to requests, and pardon his servant) At Nusf Sha'ban, Allah pay attention to when ghurub '(sunset) and not wait for the end of the night.

Hadith narrated from Ali: When it comes Nisfu Sha'ban night, then you get up (turn to worship) at night and fast during the day you, because Allah Almighty will come down to the lowest heaven on this day from the sun ....

"God came into the samaa' (heavens)", does not mean God move or move otherwise it means "God gave the world's attention to the sky close to us (to listen to requests, and pardon his servant)"


What is the practice on the night of Sha'ban Nisfu? Is it Bidaah to read Yasin three times? Can fasting on the day of Shaban Nisfu? What are the benefits?

Prophet did some voluntary prayers at night Nisfu Sha'ban and fast during the day. Among the virtues of fasting on 15th Shaban is a year removed sin. Yasin was reading practices have learned to do, there words of bidah (something new), but people who do are some of the top scholars also who can be followed.

Abdullah bin Masud narrated no prayer on this night from the word of God, "hullah upland yam yasa ':

Ar-Ra'd [39] Allah blots out what He wills and He also set whatever he wants (you) in His presence there is "Mother of the Book".

Can fasting in Sha'ban month? Some say if you want fast in Sha'ban be fasting prior to the 15th Sha'ban? What did the fasting month in Sha'ban?

In Islam, only 5 days (4 days Adha, a feast of fasting Aidul Fitri) is forbidden to fast in one year, other than that permitted.

[personal note: Sya'aban is the month of the Prophet sollallahu alaihi wasallam. The Prophet would fast for a whole month in Sya'aban as preparation for Ramadhan

that aside, ultimately: WHAT KIND OF REPORT WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE AS A START ON A NEW BLANK SLATE FOR THE NEXT YEAR?]


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Rather than just blindly discussing do's and donts of rituals.....

there is no do's in this night brother...
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One point I find lacking coming into this discussion is the question;

Really, u talk like you have Divine Authority!
Quote:
WHAT REALLY HAPPENS DURING THIS NIGHT OF NISFU SYA'ABAN?

This is source originally in Malay; a website dedicated to the Habaibs (Ba'alawi) coming and going into the Nusantara region. This is what they have to say:

http://pondokhabib.wordpress.com/2011/0 ... u-syaaban/
<< rough translation >>

What are the privileges Nisfu Shaban night?

Sya'aban Nusf is the night where the book or file of age, living for a year we ascended to heaven and be replaced with a new book. (In the Sunset that night opened a new book, close the old book of books last year)

From `A'ishah, the Prophet Muhammad, said:" Did you (O `Aisha) what happened on this night?" - Sya'aban Nusf. Saiyidatina `She was asked," What happened on this night, O Messenger of Allah? "He said:" On this night will be written about each one son Adam who was born in the year and this night will be written the name of every son of Adam who will die this year, so this night will be lifted their deeds (to the Almighty), and this night will determine their income fall. "

He usually pay attention to the sky close to us at the end of the night (to listen to requests, and pardon his servant) At Nusf Sha'ban, Allah pay attention to when ghurub '(sunset) and not wait for the end of the night.

Hadith narrated from Ali: When it comes Nisfu Sha'ban night, then you get up (turn to worship) at night and fast during the day you, because Allah Almighty will come down to the lowest heaven on this day from the sun ....

"God came into the samaa' (heavens)", does not mean God move or move otherwise it means "God gave the world's attention to the sky close to us (to listen to requests, and pardon his servant)"


What is the practice on the night of Sha'ban Nisfu? Is it Bidaah to read Yasin three times? Can fasting on the day of Shaban Nisfu? What are the benefits?

Prophet did some voluntary prayers at night Nisfu Sha'ban and fast during the day. Among the virtues of fasting on 15th Shaban is a year removed sin. Yasin was reading practices have learned to do, there words of bidah (something new), but people who do are some of the top scholars also who can be followed.

Abdullah bin Masud narrated no prayer on this night from the word of God, "hullah upland yam yasa ':

Ar-Ra'd [39] Allah blots out what He wills and He also set whatever he wants (you) in His presence there is "Mother of the Book".

Can fasting in Sha'ban month? Some say if you want fast in Sha'ban be fasting prior to the 15th Sha'ban? What did the fasting month in Sha'ban?

In Islam, only 5 days (4 days Adha, a feast of fasting Aidul Fitri) is forbidden to fast in one year, other than that permitted.

[personal note: Sya'aban is the month of the Prophet sollallahu alaihi wasallam. The Prophet would fast for a whole month in Sya'aban as preparation for Ramadhan

that aside, ultimately: WHAT KIND OF REPORT WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE AS A START ON A NEW BLANK SLATE FOR THE NEXT YEAR?]


Strange, a Divine speaker has a website as his daleel! :think:

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so are you like :o


Nope, I'm more like :facep: for those who make bidaa what was clearly practiced in the time of the Prophet pbuh. Fasting on the 15th of the month.

Ali Yazeed wrote:

So dear Mr. Mufti, can you clarify us ... [-snip-]


No, I am no mufti, you need to speak to this guy *Sheikh Mufti Taqi Uthmani* and make sure you bring your pen and paper, to take notes. (Nyehs)

As for your smart comments, try that antic with me again and i'll shove a dose of sarcasm so far up your behind that you will need a metaphysical enema to set you straight again. And that's just me getting started... You have been warned.

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@ Ali Yazeed you surely are deprived by the blessings of this night with that daleel attitude.

Commonsense, what are we doing in this night ...? just praying and making dua to allah. For a moment even if we think this night is not blessed so what do we loose ..? just increase in your hasanah..doesnt it.

Heres some more narrations by scholars of earlier centuries..

On the Benefits of the Night of mid-Sha`bān



كتب الأمام الغزالي: وليلة النصف من شعبان - ففيها مائة ركعة يقرا في كل ركعة بعد الفاتحة سورة الاخلاص عشر مرات كانوا لا يتركونها كما اوردناه في صلاة التطوع - وليلة عرفة‏ . ( إحياء علوم الدين )

‏Imam al-Ghazali wrote in his Ihyā, “The Night of mid-Sha`bān, in it [pray] 100 raka’ts, reciting in each raka`t after al-Fātiha, Surat al-Ikhlās 10 times; they never left it, as we related about the voluntary extra prayers and the Night of `Arafat.”

وقال بعض المفسرين المراد من الليلة المباركة ليلة النصف من شعبان ولها أربعة اسماء الاول الليلة المباركة لكثرة خيرها وبركتها على العاملين فيها الخير وان بركات جماله تعالى تصل الى كل ذرة من العرش الى الثرى كما فى ليلة القدر وفى تلك الليلة اجتماع جميع الملائكة فى حظيرة القدس.

Shaykh Ibrahim al-Hakki, in his tafsir Ruh al-Bayān, says: “and some of the mufassireen said that the intent in “Blessed Night” [44:3] is the Night of mid-Sha`bān, and his has four names, the first being “Blessed Night” due to the huge number of people performing good deeds in it, and truly the blessing of Allah’s Beauty reaches to every atom from the Throne to the earth, as in Laylat al-Qadr and in that night all the angels gather in the Holy Presence.

أولاً: ما ورد فى فضل هذه الليلة في القرأن و تفسيره



قول الله تبارك وتعالى في أول سورة الدخان: ﴿إِنَّا أَنْزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةٍ مُبَارَكَةٍ إِنَّا كُنَّا مُنْذِرِينَ* فِيهَا يُفْرَقُ كُلُّ أَمْرٍ حَكِيمٍ﴾ (الدخان: 3، 4). اختلف العلماء في الليلة المقصودة في هذه الآية الكريمة، فمنهم من ذهب إلى أنها ليلة القدر التي تكون في رمضان، ومنهم من ذهب إلى أنها ليلة النصف من شعبان، ومنهم من ذهب إلى أن ليلة القدر قد تكون في النصف من شعبان،.
فأما القول بأنها ليلة القدر فهو الراجح الوارد عن جمهرة المفسرين والعلماء المحققين، وقد تعقبوا أدلة القائلين بأنها ليلة النصف من شعبان بما يبدو أمامنا صالحًا لرده، وإليك نماذج من ذلك:

Regarding the Words of Allah the Blessed and Exalted, “We sent it down during a Blessed Night: for We (ever) wish to warn (against Evil). On that [night] was made clear, in wisdom, the distinction between all things [good and evil]” [44:3-4] the `ulama differed as to which night which is intended in this blessed verse. And among them are those who went with it being Laylat al-Qadr which is in Ramandan and among them are those who went with it being the Night of mid-Sha`bān, and among them are those who went with it being Laylat al-Qadr and that is the Night of mid-Sha`bān.

- قال الألوسي في تفسيره عند قوله تعالى: ﴿فِي لَيْلَةٍ مُبَارَكَةٍ إِنَّا كُنَّا مُنْذِرِين﴾: "هي ليلة القدر على ما روى ابن عباس وقتادة وابن جبير ومجاهد وابن زيد والحسن، وعليه أكثر المفسرين والظواهر معهم، وقال عكرمة وجماعة: هي ليلة النصف من شعبان".
وقال الطبري في تفسيره عن هذه الآية الكريمة: واختلف أهل التأويل في تلك الليلة، أي ليلة من ليالي السنة هي؟ فقال بعضهم: هي ليلة القدر، ثم ذكرهم، وقال بعد سردهم: "وقال آخرون: بل هي ليلة النصف من شعبان، ولم يذكرهم"،.


Al-Alusi said, in his Tafsir, regarding the Words of the Exalted “We sent it down during a Blessed Night: for We (ever) wish to warn (against Evil).” [44:3] that it is Laylat al-Qadr, from what is related from ibn `Abbās and Qatādah and ibn Jubayr and Mujāhid and ibn Zayd and al-Hasan. And that is what most mufassireen stood upon and the majority agree with them. And `Ikrimah and his group said, “It is the Night of mid-Sha`bān.”

وقال النيسابوري في تفسير الآية الكريمة أيضًا: وأكثر المفسرين على أنها ليلة القدر لقوله تعالى: ﴿إِنَّا أَنْزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِ﴾ (القدر:1)، وليلة القدر عند الأكثر في رمضان.

And an-Nisāburi in his Tafsir of the blessed verse also said: and most mufassireen say it is Laylat al-Qadr from He, the Exalted’s saying “Verily we revealed it on Laylat al-Qadr” [97:1] and Laylat al-Qadr, in the view of most, is in Ramadan.

ثم نقل كلام الطبري وقال بعده: وزعم بعضهم كعكرمة وغيره أنها ليلة النصف من شعبان،

And we transmit the words of at-Tabari and he said, part of which is: and some of them [early mufassireen] like `Ikrimah and others, claimed that it [refers] to the Night of mid-Sha`bān.



ما ورد من أحاديث في فضل هذه الليلة، ومن ذلك:

اربع لياليهن كايامهن وايامهن كلياليهن يبر الله فيهن القسم ويعتق فيهن النسم ويعطي فيهن الجزيل‏:‏ ليلة القدر وصباحها، وليلة عرفة وصباحها، وليلة النصف من شعبان وصباحها وليلة الجمعة وصباحها‏.‏

‏(‏الديلمي - عن انس‏)‏‏.‏

Anas (r) related that the Prophet (s) said: “There are four whose nights are like their days and their days are like their nights; in them Allah confirms the oath and He frees the breaths and in them He gives in plenty: the Night of Power (Laylat al-Qadr) and its morning; the Night of `Arafat and its morning; the Night of mid-Sha`bān and its morning; the Night of Jumu`ah and its morning.” ad-Daylami.

يسح الله عز وجل من الخير في اربع ليال سحا‏:‏ ليلة الاضحى والفطر وليلة النصف من شعبان، ينسخ فيها الاجال والارزاق ويكتب فيها الحج، وفي ليلة عرفة الى الاذان‏.

The Prophet (s) also said to Hazrat `Aisha (r), “Allah pours down goodness in four nights without measure: the Night of Adħā and [the night of] Fiţr, and the Night of mid-Sha`bān. In it, Allah records the lifespans the allotments of provision, and in it those who will make Hajj are written; and the Night of `Arafat until the adhān is called.”

واخرج ابن جرير وابن المنذر وابن ابي حاتم من طريق محمد بن سوقة، عن عكرمة ‏}‏فيها يفرق كل امر حكيم‏{‏ قال‏:‏ في ليلة النصف من شعبان يبرم امر السنة وينسخ الاحياء من الاموات ويكتب الحاج، فلا يزاد فيهم ولا ينقص منهم احد‏.‏

From `Ikrimah, the client of Ibn `Abbās (regarding the verse) “In the (Night) is made distinct every affair of wisdom,” [44:4] he said, “That is the night of mid-Sha`bān, when Allah (Exalted is He) arranges the affairs of the year. He transfers [some of] the living to the list of the dead, and records those who will make pilgrimage to the House of Allah, neither adding one too many nor leaving a single one of them out.”

واخرج ابن زنجويه والديلمي، عن ابي هريرة ان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال‏:‏ ‏"‏تقطع الاجال من شعبان الى شعبان، حتى ان الرجل لينكح ويولد له، وقد خرج اسمه في الموتى‏"‏‏.‏

Abu Hurayrah (r) related that the Messenger of Allah (s) said, “the lifespans are cut from Sha`bān to Sha`bān, until a man marries and a child is born to him while his name has been pulled out as one destined to die.”

واخرج ابن ابي شيبة، عن عطاء بن يسار قال‏:‏ لم يكن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم في شهر اكثر صياما منه في شعبان، وذلك انه ينسخ فيه اجال من ينسخ في السنة‏.‏

`Atā ibn Yassār (r) said, “The Prophet (s) did not fast in any month more than his fasting Sha`bān. And that is because in it is recorded the lifespans of those who are to pass away in that year.”

واخرج ابن مردويه وابن عساكر، عن عائشة قالت‏:‏ لم يكن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم في شهر اكثر صياما منه في شعبان لانه ينسخ فيه ارواح الاحياء في الاموات، حتى ان الرجل يتزوج وقد رفع اسمه فيمن يموت، وان الرجل ليحج وقد رفع اسمه فيمن يموت‏.‏

`A'isha (r) said: “The Prophet (s) did not fast in any month more than his fasting Sha`bān because in it is recorded the souls of the living from those who are to dies, until a man marries and whereas his name has been pulled out as one destined to die; and a man makes hajj and his name has been raised from those who would die.”

أخرجه بن ماجه والبيهقي في شعب الإيمان عن علي- كرم الله وجهه- قال: قال رسول الله- صلى الله عليه وسلم: "إذا كانت ليلة النصف من شعبان فقوموا ليلها، وصوموا نهارها، فإن الله ينزل فيها لغروب الشمس إلى سماء الدنيا، فيقول: ألاَ من مستغفر لي، فأغفر له! ألا مسترزق فأرزقه! ألا مبتلىً فأعافيه! ألا كذا ألا كذا حتى يطلع الفجر".

It is reported from Sayyīdunā `Ali (r) that the Prophet (s) said: "Let all of you spend the night of mid-Sha`bān in worship (i.e. partly) and its day in fasting. For verily in it, Allah descends to the nearest heaven during this night, beginning with sunset, and says: Is there no one asking forgiveness that I may forgive them? Is there no one asking sustenance that I may grant them sustenance? Is there no one under trial that I may relieve them? Is there not such-and-such, is there not such-and-such, and so forth until until dawn rises. [Narrated by `Abd al-Razzāq and Ibn Mājah].

أخرجه الترمذي وابن أبي شيبة والبيهقي وابن ماجه عن عائشة قالت: فقدت رسول الله- صلى الله عليه وسلم- ذات ليلة فخرجت أطلبه، فإذا هو بالبقيع رافعًا رأسه إلى السماء، فقال: "يا عائشة، أكنت تخافين أن يحيف الله عليك ورسوله؟"، فقلت: ما بي من ذلك، ولكني ظننت أنك أتيت بعض نسائك، فقال: "إن الله- عز وجل- ينزل في ليلة النصف من شعبان إلى السماء الدنيا، فيغفر لأكثر من عدد شعر غنم بني كلب".

`A'isha (r) said: "I missed the Prophet (s) one night so I went out to al-Baqi` [and found him there]. He said: `Were you afraid that Allah Most High would wrong you and that His Prophet would wrong you?' I said: `O Messenger of Allah, I thought that you might have gone to visit one of your wives.' He said: `Allah Most High descends to the nearest heaven on the night of mid-Sha`bān and He forgives to more people than the number of hairs on the hides of the sheep of the tribes of Kalb.'" Narrated by Ahmad, Ibn Mājah, and al-Tirmidhi who said that he had heard al-Bukhāri grading this hadith as weak because some of the sub-narrators did not narrate directly from each other.

حَدَّثَنَا حَمَّادُ بْنُ اُسَامَةَ، قَالَ اَخْبَرَنَا عُبَيْدُ اللَّهِ، عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ يَحْيَى بْنِ حَبَّانَ، عَنِ الْاَعْرَجِ، عَنْ اَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، عَنْ عَائِشَةَ، قَالَتْ فَقَدْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ذَاتَ لَيْلَةٍ مِنْ الْفِرَاشِ فَالْتَمَسْتُهُ فَوَقَعَتْ يَدِي عَلَى بَطْنِ قَدَمَيْهِ وَهُوَ فِي الْمَسْجِدِ وَهُمَا مَنْصُوبَتَانِ وَهُوَ يَقُولُ اللَّهُمَّ اِنِّي اَعُوذُ بِرِضَاكَ مِنْ سَخَطِكَ وَبِمُعَافَاتِكَ مِنْ عُقُوبَتِكَ وَاَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْكَ لَا اُحْصِي ثَنَاءً عَلَيْكَ اَنْتَ كَمَا اَثْنَيْتَ عَلَى نَفْسِكَ‏.(مسند أحمد و مسلم و نحوه في سنن النسائي و موطأ مالك و سنن أبي داود و صحيح ابن خزيمة و سنن الترمذي و سنن ابن ماجه)

Ummul-Mu'mineen `Aishah, (r) is reported to have said, "I missed the Prophet (s) during one night from the bed, and my hand fell upon the middle of his feet, and he was in the masjid and his two feet were upright (i.e. he was in sajdah), and he said: 'I seek refuge of Your forgiveness from Your punishment, and I seek refuge of Your pleasure from Your annoyance, and I seek Your refuge from Yourself. I cannot praise You as fully as You deserve. You are exactly as You have defined Yourself.' Narrated by Ahmad, Ibn Mājah, Abu Dawud, an-Nasa'ee and al-Tirmidhi.

وفي رواية { جاءني جبريل ليلة النصف من شعبان فقال يا محمد ارفع راسك الى السماء فقلت ماهذه الليلة ، قال هذه ليلة يفتح الله فيها ثلاثمائة من ابواب الرحمة يغفر الله لجميع من لا يشرك به شيئاً }

The Prophet (s) is reported as saying:

Jibreel (as) came to me on the night of mid-Sha`bān and said to me: "O Muhammad, raise your head heavenwards!" I asked him: "What night is this?" and he replied: "This is the night when Allah (Glorified is He) opens three hundred of the gates of mercy, forgiving all who do not make anything His partner."

يقول رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : { إذا كانت ليلة النصف من شعبان فتحت أبواب السماء السبع ووقف على كل باب ملائكة يستغفرون للمسلمين ، فيغفر لكل مسلم إلا من كان مصراً على كبيرة }

The Prophet (s) said, “When it is the Night of mid-Sha`bān, the gates of the seventh sky are opened and on every gate stand angels who seek forgiveness for the Muslims and every Muslim is forgiven except one who is established in committing a grave sin.”

عائشة رضي الله عنها تقول { كانت ليلتي من رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فدخل الفراش حتى نمت ثم استيقظت فلم اجده فقمت فوجدته يصلي فخفف القيام ثم ركع وسجد مطولاً سجوده الى نصف الليل ثم قام الى الثانية كذلك ثم ركع وسجد حتى كاد الفجر أن يطلع فظننت انه قد قبض فوضعت يدي على قدميه فتحرك فحمدت الله تعالى فسمعته يقول : سجد لك سوادي وآمن بك فؤادي فاغفرلي الذنب العظيم فإنه لا يغفر الذنب العظيم الا الرب العظيم اعوذ برضاك من سخطك وبمعافاتك من عقوبتك وبك منك لا احصي ثناء عليك انت كما اثنيت على نفسك ، فلما فرغ من صلاته قال اتدرين أي ليلة هذه ياعائشة قلت لا قال : هذه ليلة النصف من شعبان إن الله يطلع على عباده في ليلة النصف من شعبان فيغفر للمستغفرين ويرحم المسترحمين ويؤخر اهل الحقد كما هم }

Ummul-Mu'mineen `Aishah, (r), is reported to have said, "It was my night with the Prophet of Allah (s) and he went to bed until I slept, then he got up and I did not find him. I got up and found him praying, with a short standing and then bowing and then he prostrated in a very long sajdah until half the night was over, then he stood for the second raka`t, then he bowed, then he prostrated until Fajr was nearly on us, until I feared that he had passed away. Then I put my hand on his feet, and he moved and praised Allah the Exalted and I heard him say, 'I prostrated to You [for the length] of the darkness, and my heart has become full of trust in You so forgive the tremendous sin, for truly no one forgives the tremendous sin except the Tremendous Lord. I seek refuge of Your pleasure from Your anger, Your pardon from Your punishment and I seek refuge in You from Yourself. I cannot praise You as fully as You praised Yourself.' Thereafter, when he completed his prayer, he said to me: 'Do you know which night is this, O `Aishah?' I said, 'no.' He said, 'This is the night of mid-Sha`bān. Allah Almighty looks upon His slaves in the the night of mid-Sha`bān and forgives those who seek forgiveness and bestows His mercy upon those who pray for mercy but keeps those who have malice as they were before.'

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It is related by Sayyidina Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani in his Ghunya, from Abu Nasr, we learn that `Aisha (r) once said:

"When it was the night of mid-Sha`bān, the Prophet (s) had removed a garment of mine." Then she added, "By Allah! That garment of mine was not of silk, nor of raw silk, nor of linen, nor of silk and wool, nor of wool." [The reporter said:] "'Glory be to Allah!' I said to her, 'So what was it made of?'" She replied: "Its warp was of hair and its weft was of silk. I reckoned that he (r) might have gone to one of his [other] wives, so I got up and searched for him in the [darkness of the] apartment. My hand made contact with his feet, as he was prostrate in worship. Of his prayer (r), I remember these words:

Prostrated before You are my form and my spirit, and my heart is in Your safekeeping. I acknowledge Your favors, and to You I confess my sin. I have wronged myself, so forgive me; surely none forgives sins but You. I seek refuge with Your pardon from Your punishment, with Your mercy from Your vengeance, with Your approval from Your displeasure. I seek refuge with You from You. I do not tell Your praises, for You are as You have extolled Yourself.

She continued: "So he did not cease from worship, now standing and now sitting [on his heels], until morning came. Then his feet were put up, and as I massaged them I said: 'My father be your ransom and my mother too! Surely Allah has forgiven your former and your latter sins? Surely Allah has dealt with you? Is it not so? Is it not so?'

"He replied (s): 'O `Aisha, shall I not therefore be a grateful servant? Do you know what happens during this night?' 'What happens?' I asked, and he said: 'This is when all births are recorded for this year, and every death is registered. This is when provisions are allotted to mankind, and their deeds and actions are gathered up.'

"'O Messenger of Allah,' said I [`A'isha], 'Will no one enter Paradise except by Allah's mercy?' 'No one will enter Paradise except by Allah's mercy,' he told me (Allah bless him and give him peace). 'Not even you?' I asked. 'Not even I,' said he (Allah bless him and give him peace), 'unless Allah envelops me with His mercy.' Then he rubbed his hand over his head and his face."

ان الله تعالى يطلع على عباده في ليلة النصف من شعبان فيغفر للمستغفرين، ويرحم المسترحمين، ويؤخر اهل الحقد كما هم عليه‏.‏

‏(الطبراني في الكبير‏)‏ عن عائشة‏

`Aisha (r) related that the Prophet (s) said, "When it is the night of mid-Sha`bān Allah looks upon His slaves, then He forgives the seeking forgiveness and sends His mercy to those imploring mercy and He leaves the resentful to their resentment as they are." At-Tabarani in his Kabir.

Commentators say that Bani Kalb was at that time the largest tribe and its members had large numbers of sheep. Therefore, the last sentence of this hadith and many others here indicates the big number of the people who are forgiven in this night by Allah Almighty.

عن عبدالله بن عمرو بن العاص أن رسول الله- صلى الله عليه وسلم- قال: "يطلع الله- عز وجل- إلى خلقه ليلة النصف من شعبان، فيغفر لعباده إلا اثنين: مشاحن، وقاتل نفس". أخرجه أحمد بن حنبل في المسند و لترمذي

The Prophet (s) said, “Allah Almighty looks upon His slaves night of the mid-Sha`bān and forgives His servants (or those who are involved in worship) except for two [types]: someone who bears malice and a murderer.'" Ahmad ibn Hanbal in his Musnad and at-Tirmidhi.

اذا كان ليلة النصف من شعبان اطلع الله الى خلقه، فيغفر للمؤمنين، ويملي للكافرين، ويدع اهل الحقد بحقدهم حتى يدعوه‏.‏

When it is the night of mid-Sha`bān Allah looks upon His slaves, then He forgives the believers and He gives respite to the unbelievers and and leaves the resentful to their resentment until they call on Him.

ينزل الله الى السماء الدنيا ليلة النصف من شعبان، فيغفر لكل مؤمن، الا العاق والمشاحن‏, ابن خزيمة و للبيهقي في شعب الإيمان عن ابي بكر‏(‏ابن قانع - عن ابي ثعلبة الخشنى‏)‏‏.‏

Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r) relates, “Allah descends to the sky of the world on the night of mid-Sha`bān and He forgives every believer, except the irreverent disobedient to [his parents] (al-`aq), and the one who bears malice.” al-Bayhaqi in his Shu`b, Ibn Khuzymā, ibn Ħibbān

عن القاسم بن محمد بن ابي بكر الصديق عن ابيه عن عمه عن جده‏.‏

ينزل الله الى السماء الدنيا ليلة النصف من شعبان، فيغفر لكل بشر الا رجلا مشركا، او رجلا في قلبه شحناء‏.‏

ابن زنجويه والبزار وحسنه ‏( للدارقطني في السنن, لابن عدي في الكامل و للبيهقي في شعب الإيمان

Al-Qāssim ibn Muħammad ibn Abī Bakr aš-Šiddīq (r) related from his father from his uncle that his grandfather said: "Allah Almighty looks upon all those created by Him in the middle Night of Sha`bān and forgives all human beings, except the man who associates partners with Him or the man who has malice in his heart.” Ibn Zanjuwiyya, ad-Darqutni in his Sunan, Ibn `Adee in his Kamil and al-Bayhaqi in his Shu`b.

ينزل ربنا الى السماء الدنيا في النصف من شعبان، فيغفر لاهل الارض الا مشركا او مشاحنا‏.‏

ابن زنجويه عن ابي موسى‏.‏

Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, has said: "Our Lord descends to the sky of this world in the Night of mid-Sha`bān and forgives all the people of earth, except the idolater or the one who has malice in his heart. Ibn Zanjuwiyya from Ibn Musa.

يطلع الله تعالى الى خلقه في ليلة النصف من شعبان، فيغفر لجميع خلقه، الا لمشرك او مشاحن‏.‏

‏(‏حب طب‏)‏ وابن شاهين في الترغيب ‏(‏و للبيهقي في شعب الإيمان ‏)‏ وابن عساكر عن معاذ‏.‏

Mu`adh (r) related that the Prophet (s) said, “Allah Almighty looks upon His creation on the night of the mid-Sha`bān and forgives all His creation except for a idolater or someone who bears malice." Narrated by Ibn Hibban (12:481 #5665) with a sound chain according to al-Arna'ut and by al-Tabarani with a chain of sound narrators according to al-Haythami and by al-Bayhaqi in Shu`b al-Imān and Ibn `Asākir.

ان الله تعالى ليطلع في ليلة النصف من شعبان فيغفر لجميع خلقه الا لمشرك او مشاحن ‏(‏مشاحن‏:‏ المشاحن‏:‏ المعادي، والشحناء العداوة‏.‏ النهاية‏.‏ 2/449‏.‏ ب‏)‏‏.‏

‏(‏ه - عن ابي موسى‏)‏ ‏(‏اخرجه ابن ماجه كتاب اقامة الصلاة باب ما جاء في الليلة النصف من شعبان رقم ‏(‏1390‏)‏ وقال في الزوائد‏:‏ اسناده ضعيف‏.‏ سعيد ابن منصور في سننه‏)‏‏.‏

Prophet Muhammad, (s) has said: "Indeed Our Lord ascends in the Night of mid-Sha`bān and forgives all His creation, except the idolater or the one who has malice in his heart.” Ibn Majah and Ibn Mansur in His Sunan.

في ليلة النصف من شعبان يغفر الله لاهل الارض الا لمشرك او مشاحن‏.‏

‏(‏ للبيهقي في شعب الإيمان عن كثير بن مرة الحضرمي مرسلا‏)‏‏.‏

Prophet Muhammad, (s), has said: "Allah Almighty looks upon all those created by Him in the middle Night of Sha`bān and forgives all those created by Him, except the idolater or the one who has malice in his heart. Al-Bayhaqi in his Shu`b.

في ليلة النصف من شعبان يوحي الله الى ملك الموت بقبض كل نفس يريد قبضها في تلك السنة‏.‏

‏(‏الدينوري في المجالسة - عن راشد بن سعد مرسلا‏)‏‏.‏

On the night of mid-Sha`bān Allah reveals to the Angel of Death those whose souls He wishes him to take in that year. Al-Daynuri in his al-Majalisa, from Rashid ibn Sa`d (mursalan)

اذا كان ليلة النصف من شعبان نادى مناد‏:‏ هل من مستغفر فاغفر له‏؟‏ هل من سائل فاعطيه‏؟‏ فلا يسال احد شيئا الا اعطاه الا زانية بفرجها او مشرك‏.‏

‏(‏ للبيهقي في شعب الإيمان عن عثمان بن ابي العاص‏)‏‏.‏

On the Night of mid-Sha`bān a caller calls out, “Is there anyone asking forgiveness, so that I might forgive him? Is there anyone asking so I may grant him?” And thus no one asks for anything except that He gives him except a profligate adultress or an idolater. Bayhaqi in his Shu`b al-Iman from `Uthman in Abi al-`As.

ان الله تبارك وتعالى ينزل ليلة النصف من شعبان الى سماء الدنيا فيغفر لاكثر من عدد شعر غنم كلب‏.‏

‏(‏أحمد في مسنده،الترمذي ‏(‏اخرجه ابن ماجه كتاب اقامة الصلاة باب ما جاء في ليلة النصف من شعبان رقم ‏(‏1389‏)‏‏.‏ سعيد ابن منصور في سننه‏ عن عائشة‏)‏‏.

Sayyidah `Aishah, (r) reported that the Prophet (s) said, "Allah the Blessed and Exalted descends in the night occurring in the middle of Sha`bān, to the sky of this world and forgives a large number of people more than the number of the hairs on the sheep of the tribe of Kalb." ‏ Sa`eed ibn Mansur in his Sunan.

اذا كان ليلة النصف من شعبان يغفر الله من الذنوب اكثر من عدد شعر غنم كلب‏.‏

‏(> للبيهقي في شعب الإيمان - عن عائشة‏)‏‏.‏

Sayyidah `Aishah, (r), has reported that Prophet Muhammad, (s), has said, "When it is the night of mid-Sha`bān Allah forgives from the sins as many as the number of the hair of the sheep of the tribe of Kalb." Bayhaqi in his Shu`b.

يا عائشة‏!‏ اكنت تخافين ان يحيف ‏(‏يحيف‏:‏ الحيف‏:‏ الجور والظلم‏.‏ النهاية‏.‏ 1/469‏.‏ ب‏)‏ الله عليك ورسوله‏؟‏ بل اتاني جبريل فقال‏:‏ هذه الليلة ليلة النصف من شعبان، ولله فيها عتقاء من النار بعدد شعور غنم كلب، لا ينظر الله فيها الى مشرك ولا الى مشاحن ولا الى قاطع رحم ولا الى مسبل ‏(‏مسبل‏:‏ المسبل‏:‏ هو الذي يطول ثوبه ويرسله الى الارض اذا مشى‏.‏ وانما يفعل ذلك كبرا واختيالا‏.‏ النهاية‏.‏ 2/339‏.‏ ب‏)‏ ولا الى عاق لوالديه ولا الى مدمن خمر‏.‏

‏(‏ للبيهقي في شعب الإيمان وضعفه - عن عائشة‏)‏‏.‏

Sayyidah `Aishah, (ra), reported Prophet Muhammad, (s), to have said, "O `Aishah! Did you think that Allah and His Prophet would oppress you. Rather Jibrīl came to me and said, ‘This is the Night of mid-Sha`bān. Allah frees in it a large number of the people from Fire, more than the number of hairs on the sheep of the tribe of Kalb. But He does not even look at an idolater or at a person who nourishes malice against someone in his heart, or at a person who cuts off the ties of kinship, or at a man who leaves his clothes extending beyond his ankles [as a sign of pride), or at a person who disobeys his parents, or at a person who has a habit of drinking wine." Bayhaqi in his Shu`b.

When all these traditions are combined together, it becomes clear that this night has well-founded merits, and observing this night as a sacred night is clearly indicated. In fact, some of these traditions have been held by some scholars of hadith as authentic and the defects in the chain of some others have been treated by them as minor technical defects which, according to the science of hadith, are curable by the variety of their ways of narration. That is why the elders of the Ummah have constantly been observing this night as a night of special merits and have been spending it in worship and prayers.

The Invocation of the Night of mid-Sha`ban

هذا الدعاء ما علمنا عن أصله أنه ذكر، أو بعضه قد ورد على لسان بعض الصحابة والتابعين الصالحين، قال الألوسي في تفسيره:

أخرج بن أبي شيبة في المصنف وغيره عن ابن مسعود - رضي الله عنه- قال: ما دعا عبد قط بهذه الدعوات إلا وسع الله عليه في معيشته: "يا ذا المن ولا يمن عليه، يا ذا الجلال والإكرام، يا ذا الطول، لا إله إلا أنت، ظهر اللاجئين وجار المستجيرين، ومأمن الخائفين، إن كنت كتبتني عندك في أم الكتاب شقيًّا فامح عني اسم الشقاوة، وأثبتني عندك سعيدًا، وإن كنت كتبتني عندك في أم الكتاب محرومًا مقترًا عليَّ رزقي، فامح حرماني، ويسر رزقي، وأثبتني عندك سعيدًا موفقًا للخير، فإنك تقول في كتابك الذي أنزلت: ﴿يَمْحُو اللَّهُ مَا يَشَاءُ وَيُثْبِتُ وَعِنْدَهُ أُمُّ الْكِتَابِ﴾،

Al-Alūsī in his Tafsīr relates from ibn Abī Shayba in his Mušannaf from Ibn Mas`ūd, “Never did a servant invokes Allah with this invocation except that Allah will widen for him his living:

O God, Tireless Owner of Bounty. O Owner of Sublimity, Honor, Power, and Blessings. There is no god except You, the Support of refugees and Neighbor of those who seek nearness, Guardian of the fearful. O God, if you have written in Your Book that I be miserable, then erase O God, my misery, and establish me with You as happy. O God, if you have written in Your Book that I be cut off from bounty, then erase O God, my cutting off, and make easy for me my provision, and establish me in Your Presence happy, supported in goodness and prosperity, for surely You have said in the Book You Revealed, ‘God blots out or confirms what He pleases, and with Him is the Mother of Books.’ (13:39)”

وأخرج عبد بن حميد وغيره عن عمرو- رضي الله عنه- أنه قال- وهو يطوف بالبيت-: "اللهم إن كنت كتبت عليَّ شقوة أو ذنبًا فامحه واجعله سعادة ومغفرة، فإنك تمحو ما شئت، وتثبت وعندك أم الكتاب"،

`Abd bin Ħumayd and others relate that `Umar said, as he was circumambulating the Sacred House, “O Allah, if You have written me as miserable, or sinful, then erase [that destiny] and make it [written that I be] happy and forgiven, for You erase whatever You wish and you confirm and with You is the Mother of Books.”

وذكر مثله عن شقيق أبي وائل ، نقل ذلك بن جرير الطبري عن ابن عباس من طريق سعيد بن جبير،

وعن مجاهد كذلك من طرق عدة، وذكر صاحب الإبداع أنه نقل عن اليافعي أن أول ما يدعى في ليلة النصف من شعبان: "اللهم يا ذا المن ولا يمن عليه".

And it is transmitted by ibn Jarīr aţ-Ţabarī from the way of Sa`īd ibn Jubayr and from Mujāhid also from many other transmissions and the author of al-Ibdā`a that he transmitted from al-Yaf`ī that the first thing one invokes on the night of nisf-Sha`bān is “O God, Tireless Owner of Bounty.”

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citistar wrote:
@ Ali Yazeed you surely are deprived by the blessings of this night with that daleel attitude.

Commonsense, what are we doing in this night ...? just praying and making dua to allah. For a moment even if we think this night is not blessed so what do we loose ..? just increase in your hasanah..doesnt it.

Heres some more narrations by scholars of earlier centuries..

On the Benefits of the Night of mid-Sha`bān



كتب الأمام الغزالي: وليلة النصف من شعبان - ففيها مائة ركعة يقرا في كل ركعة بعد الفاتحة سورة الاخلاص عشر مرات كانوا لا يتركونها كما اوردناه في صلاة التطوع - وليلة عرفة‏ . ( إحياء علوم الدين )

‏Imam al-Ghazali wrote in his Ihyā, “The Night of mid-Sha`bān, in it [pray] 100 raka’ts, reciting in each raka`t after al-Fātiha, Surat al-Ikhlās 10 times; they never left it, as we related about the voluntary extra prayers and the Night of `Arafat.”

وقال بعض المفسرين المراد من الليلة المباركة ليلة النصف من شعبان ولها أربعة اسماء الاول الليلة المباركة لكثرة خيرها وبركتها على العاملين فيها الخير وان بركات جماله تعالى تصل الى كل ذرة من العرش الى الثرى كما فى ليلة القدر وفى تلك الليلة اجتماع جميع الملائكة فى حظيرة القدس.

Shaykh Ibrahim al-Hakki, in his tafsir Ruh al-Bayān, says: “and some of the mufassireen said that the intent in “Blessed Night” [44:3] is the Night of mid-Sha`bān, and his has four names, the first being “Blessed Night” due to the huge number of people performing good deeds in it, and truly the blessing of Allah’s Beauty reaches to every atom from the Throne to the earth, as in Laylat al-Qadr and in that night all the angels gather in the Holy Presence.

أولاً: ما ورد فى فضل هذه الليلة في القرأن و تفسيره



قول الله تبارك وتعالى في أول سورة الدخان: ﴿إِنَّا أَنْزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةٍ مُبَارَكَةٍ إِنَّا كُنَّا مُنْذِرِينَ* فِيهَا يُفْرَقُ كُلُّ أَمْرٍ حَكِيمٍ﴾ (الدخان: 3، 4). اختلف العلماء في الليلة المقصودة في هذه الآية الكريمة، فمنهم من ذهب إلى أنها ليلة القدر التي تكون في رمضان، ومنهم من ذهب إلى أنها ليلة النصف من شعبان، ومنهم من ذهب إلى أن ليلة القدر قد تكون في النصف من شعبان،.
فأما القول بأنها ليلة القدر فهو الراجح الوارد عن جمهرة المفسرين والعلماء المحققين، وقد تعقبوا أدلة القائلين بأنها ليلة النصف من شعبان بما يبدو أمامنا صالحًا لرده، وإليك نماذج من ذلك:

Regarding the Words of Allah the Blessed and Exalted, “We sent it down during a Blessed Night: for We (ever) wish to warn (against Evil). On that [night] was made clear, in wisdom, the distinction between all things [good and evil]” [44:3-4] the `ulama differed as to which night which is intended in this blessed verse. And among them are those who went with it being Laylat al-Qadr which is in Ramandan and among them are those who went with it being the Night of mid-Sha`bān, and among them are those who went with it being Laylat al-Qadr and that is the Night of mid-Sha`bān.

- قال الألوسي في تفسيره عند قوله تعالى: ﴿فِي لَيْلَةٍ مُبَارَكَةٍ إِنَّا كُنَّا مُنْذِرِين﴾: "هي ليلة القدر على ما روى ابن عباس وقتادة وابن جبير ومجاهد وابن زيد والحسن، وعليه أكثر المفسرين والظواهر معهم، وقال عكرمة وجماعة: هي ليلة النصف من شعبان".
وقال الطبري في تفسيره عن هذه الآية الكريمة: واختلف أهل التأويل في تلك الليلة، أي ليلة من ليالي السنة هي؟ فقال بعضهم: هي ليلة القدر، ثم ذكرهم، وقال بعد سردهم: "وقال آخرون: بل هي ليلة النصف من شعبان، ولم يذكرهم"،.


Al-Alusi said, in his Tafsir, regarding the Words of the Exalted “We sent it down during a Blessed Night: for We (ever) wish to warn (against Evil).” [44:3] that it is Laylat al-Qadr, from what is related from ibn `Abbās and Qatādah and ibn Jubayr and Mujāhid and ibn Zayd and al-Hasan. And that is what most mufassireen stood upon and the majority agree with them. And `Ikrimah and his group said, “It is the Night of mid-Sha`bān.”

وقال النيسابوري في تفسير الآية الكريمة أيضًا: وأكثر المفسرين على أنها ليلة القدر لقوله تعالى: ﴿إِنَّا أَنْزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِ﴾ (القدر:1)، وليلة القدر عند الأكثر في رمضان.

And an-Nisāburi in his Tafsir of the blessed verse also said: and most mufassireen say it is Laylat al-Qadr from He, the Exalted’s saying “Verily we revealed it on Laylat al-Qadr” [97:1] and Laylat al-Qadr, in the view of most, is in Ramadan.

ثم نقل كلام الطبري وقال بعده: وزعم بعضهم كعكرمة وغيره أنها ليلة النصف من شعبان،

And we transmit the words of at-Tabari and he said, part of which is: and some of them [early mufassireen] like `Ikrimah and others, claimed that it [refers] to the Night of mid-Sha`bān.



ما ورد من أحاديث في فضل هذه الليلة، ومن ذلك:

اربع لياليهن كايامهن وايامهن كلياليهن يبر الله فيهن القسم ويعتق فيهن النسم ويعطي فيهن الجزيل‏:‏ ليلة القدر وصباحها، وليلة عرفة وصباحها، وليلة النصف من شعبان وصباحها وليلة الجمعة وصباحها‏.‏

‏(‏الديلمي - عن انس‏)‏‏.‏

Anas (r) related that the Prophet (s) said: “There are four whose nights are like their days and their days are like their nights; in them Allah confirms the oath and He frees the breaths and in them He gives in plenty: the Night of Power (Laylat al-Qadr) and its morning; the Night of `Arafat and its morning; the Night of mid-Sha`bān and its morning; the Night of Jumu`ah and its morning.” ad-Daylami.

يسح الله عز وجل من الخير في اربع ليال سحا‏:‏ ليلة الاضحى والفطر وليلة النصف من شعبان، ينسخ فيها الاجال والارزاق ويكتب فيها الحج، وفي ليلة عرفة الى الاذان‏.

The Prophet (s) also said to Hazrat `Aisha (r), “Allah pours down goodness in four nights without measure: the Night of Adħā and [the night of] Fiţr, and the Night of mid-Sha`bān. In it, Allah records the lifespans the allotments of provision, and in it those who will make Hajj are written; and the Night of `Arafat until the adhān is called.”

واخرج ابن جرير وابن المنذر وابن ابي حاتم من طريق محمد بن سوقة، عن عكرمة ‏}‏فيها يفرق كل امر حكيم‏{‏ قال‏:‏ في ليلة النصف من شعبان يبرم امر السنة وينسخ الاحياء من الاموات ويكتب الحاج، فلا يزاد فيهم ولا ينقص منهم احد‏.‏

From `Ikrimah, the client of Ibn `Abbās (regarding the verse) “In the (Night) is made distinct every affair of wisdom,” [44:4] he said, “That is the night of mid-Sha`bān, when Allah (Exalted is He) arranges the affairs of the year. He transfers [some of] the living to the list of the dead, and records those who will make pilgrimage to the House of Allah, neither adding one too many nor leaving a single one of them out.”

واخرج ابن زنجويه والديلمي، عن ابي هريرة ان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال‏:‏ ‏"‏تقطع الاجال من شعبان الى شعبان، حتى ان الرجل لينكح ويولد له، وقد خرج اسمه في الموتى‏"‏‏.‏

Abu Hurayrah (r) related that the Messenger of Allah (s) said, “the lifespans are cut from Sha`bān to Sha`bān, until a man marries and a child is born to him while his name has been pulled out as one destined to die.”

واخرج ابن ابي شيبة، عن عطاء بن يسار قال‏:‏ لم يكن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم في شهر اكثر صياما منه في شعبان، وذلك انه ينسخ فيه اجال من ينسخ في السنة‏.‏

`Atā ibn Yassār (r) said, “The Prophet (s) did not fast in any month more than his fasting Sha`bān. And that is because in it is recorded the lifespans of those who are to pass away in that year.”

واخرج ابن مردويه وابن عساكر، عن عائشة قالت‏:‏ لم يكن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم في شهر اكثر صياما منه في شعبان لانه ينسخ فيه ارواح الاحياء في الاموات، حتى ان الرجل يتزوج وقد رفع اسمه فيمن يموت، وان الرجل ليحج وقد رفع اسمه فيمن يموت‏.‏

`A'isha (r) said: “The Prophet (s) did not fast in any month more than his fasting Sha`bān because in it is recorded the souls of the living from those who are to dies, until a man marries and whereas his name has been pulled out as one destined to die; and a man makes hajj and his name has been raised from those who would die.”

أخرجه بن ماجه والبيهقي في شعب الإيمان عن علي- كرم الله وجهه- قال: قال رسول الله- صلى الله عليه وسلم: "إذا كانت ليلة النصف من شعبان فقوموا ليلها، وصوموا نهارها، فإن الله ينزل فيها لغروب الشمس إلى سماء الدنيا، فيقول: ألاَ من مستغفر لي، فأغفر له! ألا مسترزق فأرزقه! ألا مبتلىً فأعافيه! ألا كذا ألا كذا حتى يطلع الفجر".

It is reported from Sayyīdunā `Ali (r) that the Prophet (s) said: "Let all of you spend the night of mid-Sha`bān in worship (i.e. partly) and its day in fasting. For verily in it, Allah descends to the nearest heaven during this night, beginning with sunset, and says: Is there no one asking forgiveness that I may forgive them? Is there no one asking sustenance that I may grant them sustenance? Is there no one under trial that I may relieve them? Is there not such-and-such, is there not such-and-such, and so forth until until dawn rises. [Narrated by `Abd al-Razzāq and Ibn Mājah].

أخرجه الترمذي وابن أبي شيبة والبيهقي وابن ماجه عن عائشة قالت: فقدت رسول الله- صلى الله عليه وسلم- ذات ليلة فخرجت أطلبه، فإذا هو بالبقيع رافعًا رأسه إلى السماء، فقال: "يا عائشة، أكنت تخافين أن يحيف الله عليك ورسوله؟"، فقلت: ما بي من ذلك، ولكني ظننت أنك أتيت بعض نسائك، فقال: "إن الله- عز وجل- ينزل في ليلة النصف من شعبان إلى السماء الدنيا، فيغفر لأكثر من عدد شعر غنم بني كلب".

`A'isha (r) said: "I missed the Prophet (s) one night so I went out to al-Baqi` [and found him there]. He said: `Were you afraid that Allah Most High would wrong you and that His Prophet would wrong you?' I said: `O Messenger of Allah, I thought that you might have gone to visit one of your wives.' He said: `Allah Most High descends to the nearest heaven on the night of mid-Sha`bān and He forgives to more people than the number of hairs on the hides of the sheep of the tribes of Kalb.'" Narrated by Ahmad, Ibn Mājah, and al-Tirmidhi who said that he had heard al-Bukhāri grading this hadith as weak because some of the sub-narrators did not narrate directly from each other.

حَدَّثَنَا حَمَّادُ بْنُ اُسَامَةَ، قَالَ اَخْبَرَنَا عُبَيْدُ اللَّهِ، عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ يَحْيَى بْنِ حَبَّانَ، عَنِ الْاَعْرَجِ، عَنْ اَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، عَنْ عَائِشَةَ، قَالَتْ فَقَدْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ذَاتَ لَيْلَةٍ مِنْ الْفِرَاشِ فَالْتَمَسْتُهُ فَوَقَعَتْ يَدِي عَلَى بَطْنِ قَدَمَيْهِ وَهُوَ فِي الْمَسْجِدِ وَهُمَا مَنْصُوبَتَانِ وَهُوَ يَقُولُ اللَّهُمَّ اِنِّي اَعُوذُ بِرِضَاكَ مِنْ سَخَطِكَ وَبِمُعَافَاتِكَ مِنْ عُقُوبَتِكَ وَاَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْكَ لَا اُحْصِي ثَنَاءً عَلَيْكَ اَنْتَ كَمَا اَثْنَيْتَ عَلَى نَفْسِكَ‏.(مسند أحمد و مسلم و نحوه في سنن النسائي و موطأ مالك و سنن أبي داود و صحيح ابن خزيمة و سنن الترمذي و سنن ابن ماجه)

Ummul-Mu'mineen `Aishah, (r) is reported to have said, "I missed the Prophet (s) during one night from the bed, and my hand fell upon the middle of his feet, and he was in the masjid and his two feet were upright (i.e. he was in sajdah), and he said: 'I seek refuge of Your forgiveness from Your punishment, and I seek refuge of Your pleasure from Your annoyance, and I seek Your refuge from Yourself. I cannot praise You as fully as You deserve. You are exactly as You have defined Yourself.' Narrated by Ahmad, Ibn Mājah, Abu Dawud, an-Nasa'ee and al-Tirmidhi.

وفي رواية { جاءني جبريل ليلة النصف من شعبان فقال يا محمد ارفع راسك الى السماء فقلت ماهذه الليلة ، قال هذه ليلة يفتح الله فيها ثلاثمائة من ابواب الرحمة يغفر الله لجميع من لا يشرك به شيئاً }

The Prophet (s) is reported as saying:

Jibreel (as) came to me on the night of mid-Sha`bān and said to me: "O Muhammad, raise your head heavenwards!" I asked him: "What night is this?" and he replied: "This is the night when Allah (Glorified is He) opens three hundred of the gates of mercy, forgiving all who do not make anything His partner."

يقول رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : { إذا كانت ليلة النصف من شعبان فتحت أبواب السماء السبع ووقف على كل باب ملائكة يستغفرون للمسلمين ، فيغفر لكل مسلم إلا من كان مصراً على كبيرة }

The Prophet (s) said, “When it is the Night of mid-Sha`bān, the gates of the seventh sky are opened and on every gate stand angels who seek forgiveness for the Muslims and every Muslim is forgiven except one who is established in committing a grave sin.”

عائشة رضي الله عنها تقول { كانت ليلتي من رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فدخل الفراش حتى نمت ثم استيقظت فلم اجده فقمت فوجدته يصلي فخفف القيام ثم ركع وسجد مطولاً سجوده الى نصف الليل ثم قام الى الثانية كذلك ثم ركع وسجد حتى كاد الفجر أن يطلع فظننت انه قد قبض فوضعت يدي على قدميه فتحرك فحمدت الله تعالى فسمعته يقول : سجد لك سوادي وآمن بك فؤادي فاغفرلي الذنب العظيم فإنه لا يغفر الذنب العظيم الا الرب العظيم اعوذ برضاك من سخطك وبمعافاتك من عقوبتك وبك منك لا احصي ثناء عليك انت كما اثنيت على نفسك ، فلما فرغ من صلاته قال اتدرين أي ليلة هذه ياعائشة قلت لا قال : هذه ليلة النصف من شعبان إن الله يطلع على عباده في ليلة النصف من شعبان فيغفر للمستغفرين ويرحم المسترحمين ويؤخر اهل الحقد كما هم }

Ummul-Mu'mineen `Aishah, (r), is reported to have said, "It was my night with the Prophet of Allah (s) and he went to bed until I slept, then he got up and I did not find him. I got up and found him praying, with a short standing and then bowing and then he prostrated in a very long sajdah until half the night was over, then he stood for the second raka`t, then he bowed, then he prostrated until Fajr was nearly on us, until I feared that he had passed away. Then I put my hand on his feet, and he moved and praised Allah the Exalted and I heard him say, 'I prostrated to You [for the length] of the darkness, and my heart has become full of trust in You so forgive the tremendous sin, for truly no one forgives the tremendous sin except the Tremendous Lord. I seek refuge of Your pleasure from Your anger, Your pardon from Your punishment and I seek refuge in You from Yourself. I cannot praise You as fully as You praised Yourself.' Thereafter, when he completed his prayer, he said to me: 'Do you know which night is this, O `Aishah?' I said, 'no.' He said, 'This is the night of mid-Sha`bān. Allah Almighty looks upon His slaves in the the night of mid-Sha`bān and forgives those who seek forgiveness and bestows His mercy upon those who pray for mercy but keeps those who have malice as they were before.'

[missing Arabic]

It is related by Sayyidina Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani in his Ghunya, from Abu Nasr, we learn that `Aisha (r) once said:

"When it was the night of mid-Sha`bān, the Prophet (s) had removed a garment of mine." Then she added, "By Allah! That garment of mine was not of silk, nor of raw silk, nor of linen, nor of silk and wool, nor of wool." [The reporter said:] "'Glory be to Allah!' I said to her, 'So what was it made of?'" She replied: "Its warp was of hair and its weft was of silk. I reckoned that he (r) might have gone to one of his [other] wives, so I got up and searched for him in the [darkness of the] apartment. My hand made contact with his feet, as he was prostrate in worship. Of his prayer (r), I remember these words:

Prostrated before You are my form and my spirit, and my heart is in Your safekeeping. I acknowledge Your favors, and to You I confess my sin. I have wronged myself, so forgive me; surely none forgives sins but You. I seek refuge with Your pardon from Your punishment, with Your mercy from Your vengeance, with Your approval from Your displeasure. I seek refuge with You from You. I do not tell Your praises, for You are as You have extolled Yourself.

She continued: "So he did not cease from worship, now standing and now sitting [on his heels], until morning came. Then his feet were put up, and as I massaged them I said: 'My father be your ransom and my mother too! Surely Allah has forgiven your former and your latter sins? Surely Allah has dealt with you? Is it not so? Is it not so?'

"He replied (s): 'O `Aisha, shall I not therefore be a grateful servant? Do you know what happens during this night?' 'What happens?' I asked, and he said: 'This is when all births are recorded for this year, and every death is registered. This is when provisions are allotted to mankind, and their deeds and actions are gathered up.'

"'O Messenger of Allah,' said I [`A'isha], 'Will no one enter Paradise except by Allah's mercy?' 'No one will enter Paradise except by Allah's mercy,' he told me (Allah bless him and give him peace). 'Not even you?' I asked. 'Not even I,' said he (Allah bless him and give him peace), 'unless Allah envelops me with His mercy.' Then he rubbed his hand over his head and his face."

ان الله تعالى يطلع على عباده في ليلة النصف من شعبان فيغفر للمستغفرين، ويرحم المسترحمين، ويؤخر اهل الحقد كما هم عليه‏.‏

‏(الطبراني في الكبير‏)‏ عن عائشة‏

`Aisha (r) related that the Prophet (s) said, "When it is the night of mid-Sha`bān Allah looks upon His slaves, then He forgives the seeking forgiveness and sends His mercy to those imploring mercy and He leaves the resentful to their resentment as they are." At-Tabarani in his Kabir.

Commentators say that Bani Kalb was at that time the largest tribe and its members had large numbers of sheep. Therefore, the last sentence of this hadith and many others here indicates the big number of the people who are forgiven in this night by Allah Almighty.

عن عبدالله بن عمرو بن العاص أن رسول الله- صلى الله عليه وسلم- قال: "يطلع الله- عز وجل- إلى خلقه ليلة النصف من شعبان، فيغفر لعباده إلا اثنين: مشاحن، وقاتل نفس". أخرجه أحمد بن حنبل في المسند و لترمذي

The Prophet (s) said, “Allah Almighty looks upon His slaves night of the mid-Sha`bān and forgives His servants (or those who are involved in worship) except for two [types]: someone who bears malice and a murderer.'" Ahmad ibn Hanbal in his Musnad and at-Tirmidhi.

اذا كان ليلة النصف من شعبان اطلع الله الى خلقه، فيغفر للمؤمنين، ويملي للكافرين، ويدع اهل الحقد بحقدهم حتى يدعوه‏.‏

When it is the night of mid-Sha`bān Allah looks upon His slaves, then He forgives the believers and He gives respite to the unbelievers and and leaves the resentful to their resentment until they call on Him.

ينزل الله الى السماء الدنيا ليلة النصف من شعبان، فيغفر لكل مؤمن، الا العاق والمشاحن‏, ابن خزيمة و للبيهقي في شعب الإيمان عن ابي بكر‏(‏ابن قانع - عن ابي ثعلبة الخشنى‏)‏‏.‏

Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r) relates, “Allah descends to the sky of the world on the night of mid-Sha`bān and He forgives every believer, except the irreverent disobedient to [his parents] (al-`aq), and the one who bears malice.” al-Bayhaqi in his Shu`b, Ibn Khuzymā, ibn Ħibbān

عن القاسم بن محمد بن ابي بكر الصديق عن ابيه عن عمه عن جده‏.‏

ينزل الله الى السماء الدنيا ليلة النصف من شعبان، فيغفر لكل بشر الا رجلا مشركا، او رجلا في قلبه شحناء‏.‏

ابن زنجويه والبزار وحسنه ‏( للدارقطني في السنن, لابن عدي في الكامل و للبيهقي في شعب الإيمان

Al-Qāssim ibn Muħammad ibn Abī Bakr aš-Šiddīq (r) related from his father from his uncle that his grandfather said: "Allah Almighty looks upon all those created by Him in the middle Night of Sha`bān and forgives all human beings, except the man who associates partners with Him or the man who has malice in his heart.” Ibn Zanjuwiyya, ad-Darqutni in his Sunan, Ibn `Adee in his Kamil and al-Bayhaqi in his Shu`b.

ينزل ربنا الى السماء الدنيا في النصف من شعبان، فيغفر لاهل الارض الا مشركا او مشاحنا‏.‏

ابن زنجويه عن ابي موسى‏.‏

Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, has said: "Our Lord descends to the sky of this world in the Night of mid-Sha`bān and forgives all the people of earth, except the idolater or the one who has malice in his heart. Ibn Zanjuwiyya from Ibn Musa.

يطلع الله تعالى الى خلقه في ليلة النصف من شعبان، فيغفر لجميع خلقه، الا لمشرك او مشاحن‏.‏

‏(‏حب طب‏)‏ وابن شاهين في الترغيب ‏(‏و للبيهقي في شعب الإيمان ‏)‏ وابن عساكر عن معاذ‏.‏

Mu`adh (r) related that the Prophet (s) said, “Allah Almighty looks upon His creation on the night of the mid-Sha`bān and forgives all His creation except for a idolater or someone who bears malice." Narrated by Ibn Hibban (12:481 #5665) with a sound chain according to al-Arna'ut and by al-Tabarani with a chain of sound narrators according to al-Haythami and by al-Bayhaqi in Shu`b al-Imān and Ibn `Asākir.

ان الله تعالى ليطلع في ليلة النصف من شعبان فيغفر لجميع خلقه الا لمشرك او مشاحن ‏(‏مشاحن‏:‏ المشاحن‏:‏ المعادي، والشحناء العداوة‏.‏ النهاية‏.‏ 2/449‏.‏ ب‏)‏‏.‏

‏(‏ه - عن ابي موسى‏)‏ ‏(‏اخرجه ابن ماجه كتاب اقامة الصلاة باب ما جاء في الليلة النصف من شعبان رقم ‏(‏1390‏)‏ وقال في الزوائد‏:‏ اسناده ضعيف‏.‏ سعيد ابن منصور في سننه‏)‏‏.‏

Prophet Muhammad, (s) has said: "Indeed Our Lord ascends in the Night of mid-Sha`bān and forgives all His creation, except the idolater or the one who has malice in his heart.” Ibn Majah and Ibn Mansur in His Sunan.

في ليلة النصف من شعبان يغفر الله لاهل الارض الا لمشرك او مشاحن‏.‏

‏(‏ للبيهقي في شعب الإيمان عن كثير بن مرة الحضرمي مرسلا‏)‏‏.‏

Prophet Muhammad, (s), has said: "Allah Almighty looks upon all those created by Him in the middle Night of Sha`bān and forgives all those created by Him, except the idolater or the one who has malice in his heart. Al-Bayhaqi in his Shu`b.

في ليلة النصف من شعبان يوحي الله الى ملك الموت بقبض كل نفس يريد قبضها في تلك السنة‏.‏

‏(‏الدينوري في المجالسة - عن راشد بن سعد مرسلا‏)‏‏.‏

On the night of mid-Sha`bān Allah reveals to the Angel of Death those whose souls He wishes him to take in that year. Al-Daynuri in his al-Majalisa, from Rashid ibn Sa`d (mursalan)

اذا كان ليلة النصف من شعبان نادى مناد‏:‏ هل من مستغفر فاغفر له‏؟‏ هل من سائل فاعطيه‏؟‏ فلا يسال احد شيئا الا اعطاه الا زانية بفرجها او مشرك‏.‏

‏(‏ للبيهقي في شعب الإيمان عن عثمان بن ابي العاص‏)‏‏.‏

On the Night of mid-Sha`bān a caller calls out, “Is there anyone asking forgiveness, so that I might forgive him? Is there anyone asking so I may grant him?” And thus no one asks for anything except that He gives him except a profligate adultress or an idolater. Bayhaqi in his Shu`b al-Iman from `Uthman in Abi al-`As.

ان الله تبارك وتعالى ينزل ليلة النصف من شعبان الى سماء الدنيا فيغفر لاكثر من عدد شعر غنم كلب‏.‏

‏(‏أحمد في مسنده،الترمذي ‏(‏اخرجه ابن ماجه كتاب اقامة الصلاة باب ما جاء في ليلة النصف من شعبان رقم ‏(‏1389‏)‏‏.‏ سعيد ابن منصور في سننه‏ عن عائشة‏)‏‏.

Sayyidah `Aishah, (r) reported that the Prophet (s) said, "Allah the Blessed and Exalted descends in the night occurring in the middle of Sha`bān, to the sky of this world and forgives a large number of people more than the number of the hairs on the sheep of the tribe of Kalb." ‏ Sa`eed ibn Mansur in his Sunan.

اذا كان ليلة النصف من شعبان يغفر الله من الذنوب اكثر من عدد شعر غنم كلب‏.‏

‏(> للبيهقي في شعب الإيمان - عن عائشة‏)‏‏.‏

Sayyidah `Aishah, (r), has reported that Prophet Muhammad, (s), has said, "When it is the night of mid-Sha`bān Allah forgives from the sins as many as the number of the hair of the sheep of the tribe of Kalb." Bayhaqi in his Shu`b.

يا عائشة‏!‏ اكنت تخافين ان يحيف ‏(‏يحيف‏:‏ الحيف‏:‏ الجور والظلم‏.‏ النهاية‏.‏ 1/469‏.‏ ب‏)‏ الله عليك ورسوله‏؟‏ بل اتاني جبريل فقال‏:‏ هذه الليلة ليلة النصف من شعبان، ولله فيها عتقاء من النار بعدد شعور غنم كلب، لا ينظر الله فيها الى مشرك ولا الى مشاحن ولا الى قاطع رحم ولا الى مسبل ‏(‏مسبل‏:‏ المسبل‏:‏ هو الذي يطول ثوبه ويرسله الى الارض اذا مشى‏.‏ وانما يفعل ذلك كبرا واختيالا‏.‏ النهاية‏.‏ 2/339‏.‏ ب‏)‏ ولا الى عاق لوالديه ولا الى مدمن خمر‏.‏

‏(‏ للبيهقي في شعب الإيمان وضعفه - عن عائشة‏)‏‏.‏

Sayyidah `Aishah, (ra), reported Prophet Muhammad, (s), to have said, "O `Aishah! Did you think that Allah and His Prophet would oppress you. Rather Jibrīl came to me and said, ‘This is the Night of mid-Sha`bān. Allah frees in it a large number of the people from Fire, more than the number of hairs on the sheep of the tribe of Kalb. But He does not even look at an idolater or at a person who nourishes malice against someone in his heart, or at a person who cuts off the ties of kinship, or at a man who leaves his clothes extending beyond his ankles [as a sign of pride), or at a person who disobeys his parents, or at a person who has a habit of drinking wine." Bayhaqi in his Shu`b.

When all these traditions are combined together, it becomes clear that this night has well-founded merits, and observing this night as a sacred night is clearly indicated. In fact, some of these traditions have been held by some scholars of hadith as authentic and the defects in the chain of some others have been treated by them as minor technical defects which, according to the science of hadith, are curable by the variety of their ways of narration. That is why the elders of the Ummah have constantly been observing this night as a night of special merits and have been spending it in worship and prayers.

The Invocation of the Night of mid-Sha`ban

هذا الدعاء ما علمنا عن أصله أنه ذكر، أو بعضه قد ورد على لسان بعض الصحابة والتابعين الصالحين، قال الألوسي في تفسيره:

أخرج بن أبي شيبة في المصنف وغيره عن ابن مسعود - رضي الله عنه- قال: ما دعا عبد قط بهذه الدعوات إلا وسع الله عليه في معيشته: "يا ذا المن ولا يمن عليه، يا ذا الجلال والإكرام، يا ذا الطول، لا إله إلا أنت، ظهر اللاجئين وجار المستجيرين، ومأمن الخائفين، إن كنت كتبتني عندك في أم الكتاب شقيًّا فامح عني اسم الشقاوة، وأثبتني عندك سعيدًا، وإن كنت كتبتني عندك في أم الكتاب محرومًا مقترًا عليَّ رزقي، فامح حرماني، ويسر رزقي، وأثبتني عندك سعيدًا موفقًا للخير، فإنك تقول في كتابك الذي أنزلت: ﴿يَمْحُو اللَّهُ مَا يَشَاءُ وَيُثْبِتُ وَعِنْدَهُ أُمُّ الْكِتَابِ﴾،

Al-Alūsī in his Tafsīr relates from ibn Abī Shayba in his Mušannaf from Ibn Mas`ūd, “Never did a servant invokes Allah with this invocation except that Allah will widen for him his living:

O God, Tireless Owner of Bounty. O Owner of Sublimity, Honor, Power, and Blessings. There is no god except You, the Support of refugees and Neighbor of those who seek nearness, Guardian of the fearful. O God, if you have written in Your Book that I be miserable, then erase O God, my misery, and establish me with You as happy. O God, if you have written in Your Book that I be cut off from bounty, then erase O God, my cutting off, and make easy for me my provision, and establish me in Your Presence happy, supported in goodness and prosperity, for surely You have said in the Book You Revealed, ‘God blots out or confirms what He pleases, and with Him is the Mother of Books.’ (13:39)”

وأخرج عبد بن حميد وغيره عن عمرو- رضي الله عنه- أنه قال- وهو يطوف بالبيت-: "اللهم إن كنت كتبت عليَّ شقوة أو ذنبًا فامحه واجعله سعادة ومغفرة، فإنك تمحو ما شئت، وتثبت وعندك أم الكتاب"،

`Abd bin Ħumayd and others relate that `Umar said, as he was circumambulating the Sacred House, “O Allah, if You have written me as miserable, or sinful, then erase [that destiny] and make it [written that I be] happy and forgiven, for You erase whatever You wish and you confirm and with You is the Mother of Books.”

وذكر مثله عن شقيق أبي وائل ، نقل ذلك بن جرير الطبري عن ابن عباس من طريق سعيد بن جبير،

وعن مجاهد كذلك من طرق عدة، وذكر صاحب الإبداع أنه نقل عن اليافعي أن أول ما يدعى في ليلة النصف من شعبان: "اللهم يا ذا المن ولا يمن عليه".

And it is transmitted by ibn Jarīr aţ-Ţabarī from the way of Sa`īd ibn Jubayr and from Mujāhid also from many other transmissions and the author of al-Ibdā`a that he transmitted from al-Yaf`ī that the first thing one invokes on the night of nisf-Sha`bān is “O God, Tireless Owner of Bounty.”

http://www.sunnah.org/ibadaat/shaban/nisf_shaban.htm


Citistar, we've seen people join the wake up project and make these threads which weaken our desire to worship Allah the way we are taught to, to recognise blessed nights and stay up in worship... these people who make these posts, do so because they haven't woken up - they only opened one eye - the left eye. And what they post, is their flawed understanding of matters at hand. Even going as far as claiming that I think I am a Mufti and that Asralfarhi is some kind of divine authority??? Where does this guy get off? He's clearly got a very sensitive ego - someone doesn't agree with him and it's all guns blazing with this Ali Yazeed character... shameful behaviour on his part, I must say.

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Nope, I'm more like :facep: for those who make bidaa what was clearly practiced in the time of the Prophet pbuh. Fasting on the 15th of the month.


you forgot to write 13th and 14th of "Every" Month!

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No, I am no mufti, you need to speak to this guy *Sheikh Mufti Taqi Uthmani* and make sure you bring your pen and paper, to take notes. (Nyehs)


and you need to speak with Dr Talibur-Rehman, Mehraj Rabbabi and Tausif Rehman (see, i've 3) regarding this and you dont need a pen and paper when you listen to them as their statement direct enters your very heart...

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So you mean by throwing sarcasm you can prove your point? so this is how you treat people if they disagree with you!

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Scimitar wrote:

Nope, I'm more like :facep: for those who make bidaa what was clearly practiced in the time of the Prophet pbuh. Fasting on the 15th of the month.


you forgot to write 13th and 14th of "Every" Month!

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No, I am no mufti, you need to speak to this guy *Sheikh Mufti Taqi Uthmani* and make sure you bring your pen and paper, to take notes. (Nyehs)


and you need to speak with Dr Talibur-Rehman, Mehraj Rabbabi and Tausif Rehman (see, i've 3) regarding this and you dont need a pen and paper when you listen to them as their statement direct enters your very heart...

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As for your smart comments, try that antic with me again and i'll shove a dose of sarcasm so far up your behind that you will need a metaphysical enema to set you straight again. And that's just me getting started... You have been warned.

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So you mean by throwing sarcasm you can prove your point? so this is how you treat people if they disagree with you!


Yes, I gave you a taste of your own medicine, and sooner or later, you'll get a dose of mine. When you do, it will be bitter-sweet. And very much beneficial insha-Allah.

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@ Ali Yazeed you surely are deprived by the blessings of this night with that daleel attitude.

Commonsense, what are we doing in this night ...? just praying and making dua to allah. For a moment even if we think this night is not blessed so what do we loose ..? just increase in your hasanah..doesnt it.

Heres some more narrations by scholars of earlier centuries..

[spoiler]On the Benefits of the Night of mid-Sha`bān


so if you don't have any daleel still you will do that act of worship, despite the fact that if it is not by Prophet (sa) it will be Rejected? and you'll use common sense in this effect and there is nothing wrong in worshiping and making dua, you can do it on every night why making it a specific night?

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