SHAHBAN

SHABAAN

The 15th night of Shabaan is a very blessed night it is known as Laylatul Baraa’ah or the Night of

Salvationu According to the Hadith the name of this Mubarak night is “Nisf Shabaan” wh ich means 15th night of Shabaan. The Holy Prophet (Sallalahu Aaihi Wassalam) has stated that the devotions performed during the 15th night of the month of Shabaan are very superior. On this night Allah Most High, opens innumerable doors of His Mercy for His slaves and says: “Who is there that may ask for absolution from Me tonight that I may release him form the torture of hell and pardon him?.” The Holy Prophet (Sallalahu Aaihi Wassaiam) said that Allah Most Holy prohibits the fire for the one who engages in devotions during this night.

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (RadiAllahu Anhu) repotted the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying: “Rajab js the month of Allah. Shaabaan is my month and Ramadaan is that of my Ummah. Shaabaan rem oves the sins of P’)an and Ramadan purifies him complete!v

Mother of the believers Hazrat Aisha Siddiquah (RadiAllahu Anha) states that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Verity Almighty Allah pervades the worldly heaven with a special glance of compassion and forgives more followers of my ummah than all the hair of the sheep of Bani Kalb.”

In another Hadith it is reported that the heads of believers who keep, alive the two nights of Eid and the fifteen night of Shabaan, ie by engaging in Zikar of Allah, wilt not experience death on that day when every heart witl be dead.

The Holy Prophet (Sallalahu Alaihi Wassalam) has said that jn the night of Shab-e-Baraat a list is prepared for the com ing year, which contains the names of those who are to be born and also of those who are to die in the ensuring year as well as all the events that are to take place. In this night provision is also made for the livelihood of all His creatures and all their deeds are brought before the Amighty Allah and it is also in this auspicious night that Allah through .His Mercy releases many of His creatures from the torments of hell.

The Holy Prophet (Sallalahu Alaihi Wassalam) also said “When Shatye-Baraat comes spend the night in repentance asking for forgiveness, offering Dua and Namaaz and the remembrance of Allah. Keep fast during the daytime because on the beginning of this night that is immediately after sunset the Amighty Allah comes to the first sky and proclaims, ‘Is there anyone seeking forgiveness for his sins, so that I may forgive him? Is there anydne seeking means of liveiihood so that I may give him livelihood? Is there anyone engulfed jn troubles and misfortunes so that I may release him from his troubles and misfortunes? Besides is there anyone who js desirous of other needs so that I may grand him these needs? In this manner Atm ighty Allah proclaims throughout the whole night till the early dawn. “

How to Welcome This Night. On this auspicious night, you should perform fresh Ghusal and Wudhu and perform the two Raka’at of Tahhjyatul Wudhu. In every Rakal at, after the Surah Fatiha, you should read Ayatul Kursi once and Surah Ikhlaas three times. Aiso perform eight Raka’ats of Salah with four Salaams. In each Raka’at after the Surah Fatiha, you should read the Ayatul Kursi (once) and Surah Ikhlaas fifty times.

Immediately After Sunset. After sunset, you should recite “La Hawla walaa Quwwata illa Billahilaliyil Azeem” forty times with three times Durood Shareef before and after, It is mentioned that by reciting this, Almighty Allah will forgive forty yeats of your sins and forty Hoors will wait to serve you in Jannatul Firdous.

After the prayer of Maghrib perform six raka’ats with three salaams. The niyyat of the first two is for a long pious life. The niyyat of the second Wvo is for being safe from the calamities and misfortunes and the njyyat for the third two js for the increase of rjzk (sustenance). After every two rak’at, recite once Surah Yaseen and at the end once_Dua Nisf Shabaan, In each rak’at after Surah Fatiha recite Surah Ikhlaas 1 1 times.

Visit The Cemetery. Hazrat Ayesha Siddiqa (Radi Allahu Anha) reports: “One night, which was the 15th of Shabaan, I did not find the Holy Prophet (Sallalahu Alaihi Wassalam) in the house so I went in search of him. After a long search, I found him in Baqiah (the cemetery of Madjnah) offering Du’a for the deceased and praying for their forgiveness”. (Baihaqi) A special point must be made to visit the cemetery during this night and pray for the deceased buried therein, as the Holy Prophet (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasilla) is been reported as having visited the Cemetety on this night and spending a long time therein, lamenting, reading and praying for the deceased.

“Is there anyone to remember us? Is there anyone to have mercy on us? Is there anyone who knows our predicament?” These are the pleadings by the souls of the dead outside the homes they left behind in this world, The souls visit the homes on Fridays, Ed Days, Ashura the 10th of Muharram and ShabeæBaraat. This signifies the importance of this night and offering thavvwab to the deceased via Surah Fatiha, recitation of the Holy Quran, Tasbih and Dhikr.

In another Hadith Hadrat Ayesha (RadiAllahu Anha) has narrated that, the • Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam) said “Allah Ta’ala forgives my ummah in abundance and without account on this night.”

How To Spend The Night. On this night, perform Nafil, recite the Quran Shareef, recite abundant Durood Shareef, Istighfaar and Katima Tayyiban. tt is also mentioned that if one reads Surah Dukhaan seven times on this night, Almighty Allah will reward you with 70 worldly needs and 70 deeds for the Hereafter.

Seek Pardon and ASK Forgiveness From Allah. Each Tasbih or Du’a should begin and term inate with the recital of Durood Shareef and one who wishes for the acceptance of his Du t as should use the V\fasila of Sayyiduna Rasuiuliah (Sallalhu Alaihi Wasalaam).

Hazrat Ghousul Azam, Sheikh Abdul Qaadir Jilani (Radi Allahu Anhu) has mentioned in his famous “Gunyat-ut Taalibeen” that the month of Shabaan according to some narrations is related to Rasulullah (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam). So, it is our duty, as the Ummat of Rasulullah (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasa”am) to love and respect this month more than any other month (besides Ramadaan). We should also offer abundantly salutations (Salaat-o-Salaam) upon the Holy Prophet (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasalam).

While we are praying and asking for ourselves and family, we should also remember in our Du’as the Muslim Ummah facing calamities in many parts of the world. May Allah Tp’ala grant them the strength and Istiqaamat (steadfastness) in Deen, Those weak Muslims who are under pressure and oppression, may Allah Talala guide them and show them the right path. Aarneen. May Aim ighty Allah also guide us on the path of the Ambiya and the Awliya. Aameen.

NAFIL SALAAH TO BE READ ON THE NIGHT OF THE 15th OF SHABAN

Basharat of Jannat. Sayyiduna Rasulullah (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said that Allah Ta’ala instructs and assigns 100 angels to the person who performs 100 Nafil Salaahs on this auspicious night – 30 of which.will bring the good news of Jannat, 30 angels to protect one from the Azaab (Punishment) ofDozakh (Hell), 30 to remove all misfortunes and miseries of this world and 10 angels to protect one from Shaitaan.

Forgiveness of Sins. Oit this night pray raka;ats nafl namaz in one salaam. In each raka’at after Surah Fatiha recite Surah Ikhlaas 50 times. A person praying will be cleared of his sins as a new born baby.

Perform eight raki at salat with four salams. In each rak’at after Surah Fatiha once Surah Qadr (Surah 97) and twenty five times Surah Ikhlas . Insha Allah, Allah Subhanahu Ta’ala will forgive his or her’ all sins.

Needs in This World and The Hereafter are Accepted. If someone recites seven times Sura Dukhan (Surah 44), InshaAlah, his or her 70 needs in this world and 70 hereafter will be accepted.

Read fourteen rak’at salat with seven salams. In each rak’at after Surah Fatiha, once Surah Kafiroon, once Surah Ikhlaas, once Surah Falaq, once Surah Naas. After every salam Ayat-ul-

Kursi once and the last three verses of Sura Tauba (Surah 9) i.e. from ‘laqad ja’akum rasoolum to Azeem. Make Dua after the completion of eight rakl at. Whatever he or she will ask for, Allah Subhanahu Ta’ala will bestow InshaAllah.

Salvation From The Punishment of The Grave, Perform eight rak’at salat with two salams in each rakat after Surah Fatiha, recite ten times Surah Ikhlas (Surah 1 12). As a result InshaAllah Alah Ta•ala will appoint countless angels, who will give the glad news to receive salvation from the punishment of grave and to enter into the Jannah.

Salaatul Tasbih: to complete on this night is very virtuous.

Last Monday Of Shabaan. Allah’s Beloved Hadrat Muhammad (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasalam) said:

“Anyone who fasts on the last Monday of Shabaan will’ be granted forgiveness. ‘

Fasting

Hazrat Abu Huraira (Radi Allahu Anhu) reports that the Holy Prophet (Sallalaahu Alaihi Wasallam) said often in his Khutba (sermon): “O people! Lighten and cleanse your bodies by way of fasting during Shabaan, so that it shall be easy and helpful to you for the fast during Ramadaan. Whoso fasts for three days during Shabaan, all his past sins are wiped off”. (Baihaqi)

The Holy Prophet (Sallalahu Alaihi Wassalam) said “Shabaan has superiority over other months as I have superiority over all the Prophets (Alajhjs Salaam).” The Holy Prophet (Sallalahu AJajhi Wassalam) also said “Between Rajab and Ramadan there is the blessed month of Shaban. People are not aware of it. The actions of men are presented to Allah Ta’ala in this month. Therefore like to fast when my actions are presented to Allah Ta’ala.”

The Holy Prophet (Sallalahu Alaihi Wassalam) said “When the blessed month reaches you, it cleanses your spirit to receive the blessed month of Ramadan. Make pure your intentions; surely the greatness of Shabaan is like my greatness over ail Prophets. Be mindful! Shabaan is my month and anyone who kéeps fast in it, my intercession wili be wajib for him.”

Fasting is recommended on the 13th, 14th and 15th of Shabaan. If not on all three days then fast at least on the •1 5th of Shahbaan.

Historical Events

3rdHadrat Imam Hussain, Grandson of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sailalahu Alaihi Wasallam) was born.
3rd Hadrat Bibi Hafsa (RadiAllahu Anha) passed away. Hadrat Imam Hussain (RadiAlIahu Anhu) migrated from Makkah to Medina.
6thHadrat Bibi Kulsum, daughter of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam) passed away.
14thNight of Shab-e-Baraat
15Day of Shab-e-Baraat
30thSheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (Rahmatul Alaih) was born.            
DUA-E-NISF-SHABAAN Ailahumma Yaa Dhai manni walaa           yumannu *alayh Yaa dha’ Jalaali wal l ilkraam Yaa dhal-TawIi wal in’aam Laa Ilaaha illa anta Zahru’l laaje’en wa JaarÜl mustajeereen wa Amaanu’l khaa’ifeen Allahumma in kunta katabtanee ‘indaka fee Ummil Kitabi shaqiyyan aw mahruman aw matrudan aw muqattaran ‘alayya fir rizqi  famh’uifahumma bi-fadlika shaqaawati wa hirmaani wa tardi waqtitaara rizqee wathbitnee ‘indaka fee Ummil Kitabi sa’eedan marzuqan muwaffaqan lilkhayraåti fa innaka qulta wa qawtuk ai-haqq fee kitabikal munazal ‘alaa Iisaani Nabiyyikal mursal  yamhuflahu maa yashaa’u wa yuthbit wa ‘indahu Ummui Kitab Ilaahi bit-tajalli’l A’tham fee laytatin-nisfi min shahri al-mukarram ai-latee yufraqu feehaa kuilu amrin hakeemin wa yubram an takshifa ‘annaa min al-bataa’i walba!waa’i maa- na’ tamu wa maa- lää- na’lam wa anta bihi a’lam innaka antai-a’azz ul-akram wa salla!lahu ta’ala ‘alaa Sayyidina Muhammad-in Wa *alaa Aalihi wa Ashaabihi wa                   sallam Wal-hamdu Ii[lahi Rabbil’aalameen

DUA-E-NISF-SHABAAN (English Translation)

O Allah! You shower favours on everyone And no one can do You any favour.

O The Possessor of Majesty and Honour, O The Distributor of bounty and rewards,

 There is no one worthy of worship except You.

You help the fallen And provide refuge to the refugees          And give peace to those who are in fear.       

O Allah! If in the Mother of All Books that is with You

You have written me down as someone who is doubtful of achieving salvation,  or deprived,

                                 Or rejected orwithout enough sustenance,

Then, O Allah, with Your Grace Remove all of these misfortunes from me and in the Mother of All Books that is with You, establish me as someone who is          blessed, with abundant provision and charitable good deeds.

Indeed, what You said in The Book You sent

Through the tongue of Your Blessed Prophet is true That Allah changes and establishes what He wants And with Him is the Mother of All Books.    

O My I-o/d! • For the sake Your Divine Manifestation

On this fifteenth night of thé blessed month of Sha’ban  In which You issue alt Wise and Irrevocable Decrees Remove from us all caramities and hardships, those that we know about as well as those that we don’t,  while You know everything.

Truly, You are the Most Powerful, Most Generous.

And may. Allah the Exalted shower blessings and peace on

Sayyidina Muhammad, and on his family and his companions And all praise is for Allah, Lord of the worlds.       

Amen O Allah

The Method of performing Salatut Tasbih

(The Way The Noble Messenger Offered His Prayer)

             The Tasbih which is to be read in this präyer at djfférent positions is as follows:

 Subhånallahi wal hamdulillahi wdlaa ilaaha ilalahu walahu akbar

(Glory is to Allah! And praise is to Allah! There i’no•aeity save Allah abd Allah is the Greatest)

Make intention of 4 rak’ah salah.

Say “Allahu Akbar”, fold the hands together, Recite Thana. Recite the tasbih 15 times.

Recite ta’uwuz, tasmiyah, Surah Fatihah and any other surah with it. Recite tasbih 10 times.

 Go into ruku and recite “Subhana Rabiyal Azeem” 3 times. Recite taSbih 10 times.

Rise from bowing position and say “Rabana lakal hamd”.  Recite tasbih 10 times.

Do the sujood and in the first sujood recite “Subhana Rabiyal A’ala” 3 times Recite tasbih 10 times.

 Rise from sujood in the sitting position. Recite tasbih 10 times.

Do the second sujood as usual and recite “Subhana Rabiyal A’ala” 3 times  Recite tasbih 10 times.

Stand up and then recité the tasbih 15 times before Surah Fatihah.

For the second rak’åh repeat the tasbih in the postures stated above and same will be for the third and fourth rak’ah.

Important

Do not count the tasbih on the digits of the fingers. Instead press the fingers to keep the count. If you recite it less in one position, then add the amount left in the next posture.

Prepared by Imam Imraan Husain