Lessons from the month of Sha’ban

Posted: July 16, 2011 in Diari, Interest, Islam, Pearls of wisdom

Assalamu’alaykum,

Yesterday, during Jumu’ah prayer, the khateeb delivered a khutbah on the importance of the month Sha’ban to muslims. As mentioned by the khateeb, many muslims are heedless of the importance of this month. Sha’ban is a month that is in between two special months in Islamic calendar, the haraam month, Rajaab, and the holy month Ramadhan.

Sha’ban is the month for us to prepare ourselves for the coming of Ramadhan. It was narrated by Muslim (1156) that Abu Salamah said: “I asked ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) about the fasting of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and she said: ‘He used to fast until we thought that he would always fast, then he would not fast until we thought that he would always not fast, but I never saw him fast in any month more than he fasted in Sha’baan. He used to fast all of Sha’baan, and he used to fast all of Sha’baan apart from a few days.’” So it is a very recommended act that muslims should strive to perform during this month.

However, for those who are not used to fast in the month of Sha’ban, it is not permissible for him/her to fast on the second half of the month of Sha’ban except for making up the missed Ramadhan fasts or fulfilling one’s oath. Why did the Prophet SAW fast most of the days of Sha’ban? It was said that the the reason the Prophet SAW fasted most of the days of Sha’ban is to prepare himself before entering Ramadhan. Fasting is not only for the benefit of the body, but also for the benefit of our souls and minds. So that when Ramadhan arrives, we will be fully prepared to welcome its coming and strive our best to make full use of the blessings that Allah bestows in this month.

Though, we should be aware also that there are a lot of hadeeth that mentions about the virtues and merits of certain ‘ibadah in the month of Sha’ban. A number of scholars ruled that the reports concerning that were false, such as Ibn al-Jawzi in his book al-Mawdoo’aat, 2/440-445; Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah in al-Manaar al-Muneef, no. 174- 177; Abu Shaamah al-Shaafa’i in al-Baa’ith ‘ala Inkaar al-Bida’ wa’l-Hawaadith, 124-137; al-‘Iraaqi in Takhreej Ihyaa’ ‘Uloom il-Deen, no. 582. Shaykh al-Islam [Ibn Taymiyah] narrated that there was consensus on the fact that they are false, in Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, 28/138.

Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in Hukm al-Ihtifaal bi Laylat al-Nusf min Sha’baan (Ruling on celebrating the fifteenth of Sha’baan):

Celebrating the night of the fifteenth of Sha’ban (Laylat al-Nusf min Sha’ban) by praying etc, or singling out this day for fasting, is a reprehensible bid’ah (innovation) according to the majority of scholars, and there is no basis for this in shari’ah. (excerpt from here)

Now we are already in the second half of the month of Sha’ban. Thus, we should get ready for the upcoming month of Ramadhan. For us who did not fast in this month, we should make our best effort to prepare ourselves before entering the holy month of Ramadhan. Let us all hasten to repent for all sins and mistakes that we commit daily and ask Allah for His forgiveness so that we will enter the month of Ramadhan clean from filth of sins. May Allah blesses us with long life so that we will be able to meet Ramadhan and may He forgives us all of our sins. May Allah helps us also to benefit the month of Ramadhan to the fullest and permits us to His Jannatul Firdaus, ameen.

Wassalamu’alaykum

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