What did our prophet perform in the month of shabaan.

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could u please elaborate the month od shabaan in detail. what did our prophet perform in the month of shabaan. what is the importance of this holy month.


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Prophet (saws) and the month of Shabaan

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person,  no grave, no prophet,  no imam,  no dai,  nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

The significance of the month of Shaabaan is only because of its immediate proximity to the holy month of Ramadan.  Hadrat Aisha (r.a.) reported that she did not witness the Messenger of Allah (saws) fasting more in any month other than Ramadan than in the month of Shaabaan.  It was the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws) that he would fast many days in the month of Shabaan in preparation for the fasting of Ramadan, but he would stop fasting the last few days of Shabaan so as not to mix them with the fasts of Ramadan.

 

Aishah said: "I never saw the Messenger of Allah (saws) fast a complete month save for Ramadan, and I have never seen him fast more in a month than he did in Sha'ban."

Related by al-Bukhari and Muslim.

 

Usamah ibn Zaid inquired: "O Messenger of Allah (saws), I never find you fasting in any month like you do during the month of Sha'ban."  The Prophet (saws) responded: "That is a month the people neglect. It comes between Rajab and Ramadan. It is a month in which the deeds are raised to the Lord of the Worlds. I love that my deeds be raised while I am fasting."

Related by Abu Dawud, an-Nasa'i, and by Ibn Khuzaimah.

 

Other than its close proximity to the holy month of Ramadan and the fact that the deeds are raised to the Majestic Lord in the month of Shabaan, there is no other particular significance of the month.  There are no particular days which are more significant than others in the month of Shabaan, and there is absolutely no evidence in the authentic Sunnah regarding the Shabe-Baraat some ignorant people celebrate on the 15th of Shabaan, which is nothing but a manifest innovation.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

Burhan

 

 

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