My question is we keep some fasts during Rajjab & Shaban months whether this has come in Hadis (authentic)?

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My question is we keep some fasts during Rajjab & Shaban months whether this has come in Hadis (authentic)?


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Fast in rajab and shabaan

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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 (saws) would fast many days in the month of Shabaan in preparation for the fasting of Ramadan, but he (saws) would stop fasting in 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 the month of Shabaan, there is no other month of the calendar which the Prophet (saws) specified as special or meritorious for voluntary fasting; but as was his normal practice he (saws) would, more often than not, perform voluntary fasts on the 13th, 14th and 15th of each of the other months, and the Mondays and Thursdays of the week.


There is absolutely no evidence in the authentic and established Sunnah that voluntary fasts during the month of Rajab has any more virtue or merit than the voluntary fasts of other months.


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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,






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