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What to Do in Sha`ban

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Abdulsam
2014/05/31
As-salamu `alaykum. Please, what are the things to do in the month of Sha`ban?
Ahmad Kutty
Answer

Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

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Dear brother, we should express our admiration of your question that reminds us of the good Muslim’s duties in the blessed month of Sha`ban.

It is known to every Muslim that Sha`ban is a blessed month. So, every wise Muslim should seize the opportunity doing his best to achieve the most benefits he can during this month.

Fasting, reciting the Qur’an, engaging in dhikr, and preparing for Ramadan are the most significant acts one should do in Sha`ban.

Responding to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states,

The month of Sha`ban is a great month; it falls between Rajab and Ramadan. And as such, it is recommended that we should devote ourselves to engage in extra devotions.

It has been reported by the Companions that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to fast in the month of Sha`ban more than any other month (except Ramadan). As mentioned by scholars, it is a preparation for Ramadan. Here are some of the tips to follow in order to seize the blessings of Sha`aban-as can be gleaned from the observations of as-salaf as-salih (the pious ancestors) or pious predecessors:

  1. Fasting is highly recommended in this month, especially in the first half of Sha`ban. However, we should stop fasting as we get closer to Ramadan. In this way, we stay away from joining the fasting of Sha`ban with that of Ramadan.
  2. Reading of the Qur’an is another great virtue to practice. Some of the salaf called this month as the month of recitations.
  3. Engaging in dhikr and establishing consistency in it is highly rewarding.
  4. We may do well to use the time to brush up on our knowledge of Ramadan and the rules and adab (teachings) of fasting of Ramadan. `Ali ibn Abi Talib, the fourth caliph, said, “There are no benefits to be derived from worship without knowledge.”
  5. Last but not least, let us pray to Allah in the manner of some of the pious elders, who used to pray: “O Allah, bless us in the months of Rajab and Sha`ban and take us to Ramadan.” (Reported as a Prophetic hadith from by At-Tabarani from Anas)

Allah Almighty knows best.


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