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18 I SPECIAL FEATURE Passion Islam I August 2008
The greatest
night of blessings
and virtues
month as much as in Sha‘bãn.” He ‘Ã’ishah radiyallahu anha narrates:
replied, “It is a month people are “The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi
negligent of between Rajab and wasallam came to me (one night) and
Ramadhãn. It is a month in which took off his clothes, but he had hardly sat
deeds are raised towards the Lord down when he got up again, put on his
of the worlds. Therefore, I like my clothes and left. A strong ghayrat (sense
deeds to be raised whilst I am of honour and self-respect) overtook me
fasting.” (Nasa’i) as I thought he was going to one of his
Fifteenth of Sha‘bãn other wives. I followed him and found
Amongst the days and nights of him in the graveyard of Baqee‘ seeking
Sha‘bãn, there is one night called forgiveness for believing men and women
Laylatul Barã’at or Shabe Barã’at, and the martyrs. I said (to myself), ‘May
a night noted for its great blessings my parents be sacrificed for you. You, (the
and virtues. The Glorious Qur’ãn Prophet) are in want of your Lord and I am
describes it as the blessed night. in want of the world.’
Lo! We revealed it on a blessed I returned to my room (quickly) and I was
night. (44:3) breathless. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi
According to ‘Ikrimah radiyallahu wasallam arrived shortly and said, ‘Why
anhu and a group of muffassireen, are you breathless, O ‘Ã’ishah?’ I said,
the ‘blessed night’ referred to in ‘May my parents be sacrificed for you.
this verse is the fifteenth night of You came to me and took off your clothes,
Sha‘bãn. but you had hardly sat down when you got
Fortunate indeed are those up and put on your clothes (and left). A
who attain the full blessings and strong ghayrat overtook me and I thought
benefits of this night by spending it you were going to one of your (other)
in performing good and refraining wives until I saw you in (the graveyard of)
from evil. One must strive his Baqee‘ doing whatever you were doing.’
utmost to attend to ‘ibãdah He said, ‘O ‘Ã’ishah! Did you fear that
(worship) in this auspicious night Allah and his Messenger will treat you
The Significance of Sha‘bãn as this night indeed is a great with injustice? Jibra’eel came to me and
Sha‘bãn, the eighth Islamic month is favour of Allah subhanahu wata’aala for said, ‘This night is the fifteenth night of
second only to Ramadhãn in virtue, the believers. There are a number of Sha‘bãn. Allah sets free from Hell during
blessings and greatness. It is due to this ahãdeeth in regard to this night. this night, souls equivalent to the hair (and
virtue and greatness that the Prophet ‘Ali radiyallahu anhu narrates that wool) of the goats of Bani Kalb’ (Bani Kalb
sallallahu alayhi wasallam used to Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam possessed the largest number of goats in
emphasise its importance not only verbally said, “When it is the fifteenth of Sha‘bãn, the Arabian peninsula).
but practically too. then stand (in worship) at night and fast ‘However, Allah will not look (with mercy)
‘Ã’ishah radiyallahu anha narrates, during the day. Because Allah subhanahu even on this (auspicious) night towards
“Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam wata’aala descends in this night at sunset idolaters, one who harbours ill-will against
used to fast till we would say that he would to the first heaven and says: ‘Is there any his fellow beings, one who cuts himself
never stop fasting and he would abandon seeker of forgiveness, that I may forgive off from his near relatives, one who
fasting till we would say that he would never him? Is there any seeker of sustenance, dangles his clothes over his ankles, one
fast. I never saw Rasoolullah sallallahu that I may sustain him? Is there anyone in disobedient to parents and a habitual
alayhi wasallam fasting for a whole month affliction, that I may remove his affliction? drunkard.’”
except the month of Ramadhãn and did Is there anyone like this, like that (and ‘Ã’ishah radiyallahu anha says, “He took
not see him fasting in any month more so on)’. This continues until Fajr.” (Ibn off his clothes, then said, ‘O ‘Ã’ishah!
than in the month of Sha‘bãn.” (Bukhãri, Mãjah) Will you permit me to spend this night
Muslim, Aboo Dãwood, Nasa’i) Aboo Moosã Al-Ash‘ari radiyallahu anhu in worship.’ I replied, ‘Certainly. May my
‘Ã’ishah radiyallahu anha narrates, narrates that the Messenger of Allah parents be sacrificed for you.’ The Prophet
“Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam sallallahu alayhi wasallam said, “In the sallallahu alayhi wasallam got up and
used to fast the (whole) month of Sha‘bãn fifteenth night of Sha‘bãn, Allah subhanahu remained in sajdah (prostration) for a very
except for a few days.” (Nasã’i) wata’aala manifests and forgives all His long time until I thought he had passed
Usãmah radiyallahu anhu asked, “O creation except for the Mushrik (idolater) away. I got up to inquire and placed my
Rasoolullah! I do not see you fasting in any and the spiteful.” (Ibn Mãjah) hand on his feet to feel that he was alive,
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