Saturday, 23 May 2015

Brief Notes on Shaʿbān

O Allah, enable us to reach Ramadan

Alhamdulilah, by the mercy of Allah, we have reached the month of Shaʿbān. May Allah bless us all in this month and allow us to reach Ramadan in health and wellbeing, ameen.

Shaʿbān is the eighth month of the lunar calendar, falling between Rajab and Ramadan. In the two saheeh collections, i.e. of Imams al-Bukhari and Muslim, it is related that Aishah, may Allah be pleased with her, said, 

'I never saw the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, fast an entire month apart from Ramadan, and I never saw him fast more than he did in Shaʿbān." 

Usamah ibn Zayd, may Allah be pleased with him, said,

'I said, "O Messenger of Allah, I do not see you fasting in any other month like you fast in Shaʿbān."

He replied, 

"It's a month that people don't pay attention to, falling between Rajab and Ramadan, and it is a month in which deeds are lifted up to the Lord of all creation. I like for my deeds to be lifted up while I am fasting." [Narrated by An-Nasāʾī]

May Allah the Exalted grant us the enabling success and strength to follow in the footsteps of His Beloved, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and may He enable us to reach Ramadan and enjoy its blessings and bounties. Also, may Allah have mercy on those souls who yearned to fast Ramadan and are now under the earth. O Allah, cool their graves for them and open doors for them through which the cool breezes of Paradise may blow. Ameen.

Related Posts:
Explaining the 15th of Shaʿbān (Jurjis)
Authentic Narrations Regarding the 15th of Shaʿbān
Word of the Month for Rajab

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