Shaban Dos and Donts

Shaban Merits Dos and Donts

Sha’ban is one of the meritorious months for which we find some particular instructions in the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam. It is reported in the authentic ahadith that Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, used to fast most of the month in Sha’ban.

These fasts were not obligatory on him but Sha’ban is the month immediately proceeding the month of Ramadan. Therefore, some preparatory measures are suggested by Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Some of these are given below:

1. The blessed companion Anas, Radi-Allahu anhu, reports that Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, was asked, “Which fast is the most meritorious after the fasts of Ramadan?” He replied, “Fasts of Shaban in honor of Ramadan.”

2. The blessed companion Usama ibn Zaid, Radi-Allahu anhu, reports that he asked Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam: “Messenger of Allah, I have seen you fasting in the month of Sha’ban so frequently that I have never seen you fasting in any other month.” Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, replied: “That (Sha’ban) is a month between Rajab and Ramadan which is neglected by many people. And it is a month in which an account of the deeds (of human beings) is presented before the Lord of the universe, so, I wish that my deeds be presented at a time when I am in a state of fasting.”

3. Ummul Mu’mineen ‘Aishah, Radi-Allahu anha, says, “Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, used to fast the whole of Sha’ban. I said to him, ‘Messenger of Allah, is Sha’ban your most favorite month for fasting?’ He said, ‘In this month Allah prescribes the list of the persons dying this year. Therefore, I like that my death comes when I am in a state of fasting.”

4. In another Tradition she says, “Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, would sometimes begin to fast continuously until we thought he would not stop fasting, and sometimes he used to stop fasting until we thought he would never fast. I never saw the Messenger of Allah, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, fasting a complete month, except the month of Ramadan, and I have never seen him fasting in a month more frequently than he did in Sha’ban.”

5. In another report she says, “I never saw the Messenger of Allah, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, fasting in a month so profusely as he did in the month of Sha’ban. He used to fast in that month leaving only a few days, rather, he used to fast almost the whole of the month.”

6. Ummul-Mu’mineen Umm Salamah, Radi-Allahu anha, says: “I have never seen the Messenger of Allah fasting for two months continuously except in the months of Sha’ban and Ramadan.”

These reports indicate that fasting in the month of Sha’ban, though not obligatory, is so meritorious that Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, did not like to miss it.

But it should be kept in mind that the fasts of Sha’ban are for those persons only who are capable of keeping them without causing deficiency in the obligatory fasts of Ramadan. Therefore, if one fears that after fasting in Sha’ban, he will lose strength or freshness for the fasts of Ramadan and will not be able to fast in it with freshness; he should not fast in Sha’ban, because the fasts of Ramadan, being obligatory, are more important than the optional fasts of Sha’ban. That is why Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, himself has forbidden the Muslims from fasting one or two days immediately before the commencement of Ramadan.

The blessed Companion Abu Hurairah, Radi-Allahu anhu, reports Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, to have said, “Do not fast after the first half of the month of Sha’ban is gone.”

According to another report Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam has said: “Do not precede the month of Ramadan with one or two fasts.”

The essence of the above-quoted ahadith is that Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, himself used to fast most of the month of Sha’ban, because he had no fear of developing weakness or weariness before the commencement of Ramadan. As for others, he ordered them not to fast after the 15th of Sha’ban for the fear that they would lose their strength and freshness before Ramadan starts, and would not be able to welcome the month of Ramadan with enthusiasm.

Sha’ban is one of the meritorious months for which we find some particular instructions and (6)Ahaadaith in the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam. It is reported in the authentic ahadith that Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, used to fast most of the month in Sha’ban.  The blessed companion Anas, Radi-Allahu anhu, reports that Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam was asked, “Which fast is the most meritorious after the fasts of Ramadan?” He replied, “Fasts of Shaban in honor of Ramadan.”  Ummul-Mu’mineen Umm Salamah, Radi-Allahu anhu says: “I have never seen the Messenger of Allah fasting for two months continuously except in the months of Sha’ban and Ramadan.” These reports indicate that fasting in the month of Sha’ban, though not obligatory, is so meritorious that Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, did not like to miss it. In mid of Sha’ban Allaa will forgive those whom their hearts are pure.

For the Preparation for RamadanAre you ready for Ramadan? Fasting in Shaban to Honor and prepare for Ramadan. We should empower ourselves by learning as much as we can about the precise laws as well as the benefits AND the blessing of fasting and the month of Ramadan and welcome it.  We must embrace the spirit of fasting to be charitable and compassionate as much as we can. Fasting is one of the pillars of Islam. It is a gift from our Creator. Fasting is a shield, Punishment for not Fasting without any proper excuse! How to boost up your spirits for this Ramdan, Why we must plan for Ramdan? Common Mistakes during Ramadan, Do’s and Don’ts of Fasting, Set your goals for this Ramadan, Lailat ul-Qadr (The Night of Power), The Power of DUA!, Health tips for the month of Ramadan, Seven Strategies to Train Kids this Ramadan, 15 ways to make Ramadan special for your Kids,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fasting in Shaban to Honor Ramadan

Fasting is a spiritual act of worship, which elevates one to the rank of angels, as one abstains from eating, drinking, and sexual relations from dawn until sunset.

In general, a Muslim should fast some days every now and then; in these days, one abstains from worldly matters, strengthens his or her resolution, and purifies his or her soul.

However, no authentic hadiths are stated indicating that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) recommended fasting in the month of Rajab, nor did he forbid fasting in it, according to Imam An-Nawawi, who added that fasting in general is recommended.  Still, it is recorded in Sunan Abu Dawud that Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) recommended fasting during the Four Sacred Months, among which is the month of Rajab.

As for the month of Sha`ban, there are authentic hadiths about the virtue of fasting during it, among which the hadith recorded in Sahih Muslim on the authority of `A’ishah who said, “Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) used to observe fasting (continuously) that we would say he would not break fasting, and he used not to fast (continuously) until we would say he would not fast. And I did not see Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) completing the fast of a month, except Ramadan, and I did not see him fasting more in any other month than in Sha`ban.”  The hadith indicates that the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) used to fast many days in Sha`ban that `A’ishah said in another narration, “He [the Prophet] used to fast (almost) all of Sha`ban; he used to fast Sha`ban except for few (days).”

Except for these two months, Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) used to observe fasting continuously to the extent that people would say that he would not break fasting.

He also used to keep breaking the fast for many consecutive days to the extent that people would say that he would not fast.

So the matter depends on feeling comfortable and devoted to worship without feeling bored or weary. That is why the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Do (good) deeds that are within your capacity, as Allah never gets tired of giving rewards until you get tired of doing good deeds.”

He (peace and blessings be upon him) also said,“The most beloved deed to Allah is the one its doer performs regularly even if it were little.”

Are you Ready for Ramadan?

Before embarking on a journey, most travelers will prepare for it either physically or mentally. Since Ramadan is just around the corner, here is a quick checklist to better prepare ourselves for this journey of test…..Let’s start from head to toe:

1. Head (Brain) - Are our minds clear on what are we expected or required to do and why?

a. YES. (it’s the third pillar of ISLAM and to seek ALLAH’s mercy and love).

b. NO.. (check again..!! This is not a joke!).

2. Eyes - Are we ready to even lower our gazes further?..

a. YES.. (Hopefully, our eyes will be “shut” to anything “haram” even more than our normal days)…

b. NO… (please get hold of a blindfold!)..

3. Ears - Are we ready not to listen to anything but only good such AL QURAN recital, religious speeches etc.?

a. YES.. (All radio and television programs are tuned to ISLAMIC channels).

b. NO… (Earplug anybody?).

4. Mouth - Are we going to blabber unnecessarily?

a. YES.. (Silence is golden applied here).

b. NO… (Alhumdulilah, only Qur’anic verses will come out from the mouth this Ramadan!..SURE?..TRY no harm trying, Insha’Allah).

5. Heart - Are we doing it for the sake of ALLAH SWT alone or are we doing it to loose weight?..

a. YES… (Only ALLAH will know our true “niat” (our intentions) and feeling).

b. NO…. (Throw that weighing scale, diet manual, exercise machine…clean your heart and focus)..

6. Hands - Are we going to give alms, zakat and be helpful (lending a hand)..?

a. YES.. (Alhumdulilah, make sure what the right hand gives the left hand does not know).

b) NO… (Cut your hand..(KIDDING)..ISLAM is not cruel! Just do not do any harm to others with your hands).

7. Private Part - Lets keep this very private..however for those who are married please exercise restrain? Those who are not married …DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT (period!)..

a. YES.. (Alhumdulilah fasting is not only avoiding eating or drinking but to curb our other lusts too).

b. NO… (I do not know what to say….will chastity belts for both men and women do?)..

8. Legs - Are we going an extra mile to make sure our legs are going to ferry us to and fro the mosque?

a. YES.. (Every step to the mosque is a blessing for us).

b. NO… (get ready the chain..?).

Now if your answers are all YES (except for question 4) then you are ready to embark on this “tough” 30 days journey…..If not please go to your nearest convenient store and do a restocking fast!!

I wish all Muslims the best of IMAN and happy travelling. Rasulullah (saw) ever mentioned that there are some who fast but gain nothing, only hunger and thirst..we do not want to be in these category. 

 

 

Preparation for Ramadan

Allah Almighty says, [The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the Criterion (of right and wrong).] (Al-Baqarah 2: 185)

Every Muslim should prepare himself to welcome the blessed month of Ramadan by strengthening his relationship with the Qur’an, busing himself with the spirit of fasting, and recharging his spiritual battery to prepare himself to make the whole blessed month of Ramadan a real occasion of sincere obedience.

Ramadan is an event that occurs in the life of the faithful, as individuals and as an Ummah, once a year. It is intended by Allah to help us to recharge our spiritual batteries and thus prepare us for the great mission of realizing His will on earth. Therefore, in order to benefit from Ramadan, we may do well to prepare for it by opening our hearts and minds to embrace it. Let me offer a few tips:

1. We should empower ourselves by learning as much as we can about the precise laws as well as the benefits of fasting.

2. We should ensure that we gain true benefits from our fasting, let us make sure to realize the spirit of fasting: this can only be done by abstaining, not only from food, drink, and sex, but also by strictly restraining our minds, hearts as well as our eyes, ears, hands, tongue, and so on.

3. We must embrace the spirit of fasting as stressed in Hadith: to be charitable and compassionate as much as we can.

4. We should strengthen our relationship with the Qur’an; for Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an.

5. We should engage in dhikr and condition ourselves to make it second nature.

6. Last but not least, we should build up our community through acts of charity and compassion and extending help to those in needs as much as we can.

Let us pray that we come out of Ramadan with our faith recharged, gaining strength in our faith and commitment and relationship with Allah.

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