15th of Shaban 2020
What is the 15th of Shaban and why is it so important?
The 15th night of Shaban is believed to be one of the greatest nights of the year.
In fact, it is believed that after Laylatul Qadr, the blessed night in Ramadan in which the Qur’an was revealed, the most special night is the 15th of Shaban.
So what is the 15th night of Shaban? Why does it hold significance and when does the 15th Shaban take place in 2020?
The significance of the month.
15th Shaban, known as Shab e Barat in Urdu, which takes place in the 8th month of the Islamic calendar, is expected on the 8th April 2020 this year, just two weeks before the start of Ramadan.
Mid Shaban is celebrated in many countries across the world, including Pakistan, Lebanon, Turkey, Bangladesh and many others. In places like Iraq, children are given sweets as they walk around their neighbourhoods. In Indonesia, many Muslims engage in communal dhikr (invoking God’s names), while in Bosnia people give out halva, or sweets.
The middle of Shaban, despite there being a difference of opinion on its importance among scholars, still lies within a truly blessed month, a month that all Muslims regard as sanctified.
1. It’s the month in which your deeds are shown to Allah.
“It is a month in which the deeds are taken up to the Lord of the worlds, and I like that my deeds be taken up when I am fasting.” (Al-Nisai)
2. The month in which the Prophet loved to fast
“The most beloved of months for the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) to fast in was Shaban”. (Abu Dawud)
3. The Prophet would fast regularly in the month
"I never saw the Messenger of Allah fasting for an entire month except in Ramadan, and I never saw him fast more than he did in Shaban.” (Al-Bukhari)
4. Many people neglect this month, not realising its merit
“That is a month occurring between Rajab and Ramadan that many people neglect” (Al-Nisai)
“Whoever revives a Sunnah from my Sunnah and the people practice it, will have the same reward of those who practice it without their reward diminishing”(Sunan ibn Maajah)
5. Fasting in Shaban prepares you for Ramadan
Fasting during the month of Shaban can serve as your training for Ramadan, both spiritually and physically.
One of the more popular hadiths relating to the 15th of Shaban is:
Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) reported that, I could not find the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) on one of the nights, so I went out and found him in (the cemetery of) Baqī. The Messenger of Allāh (pbuh) said: “Did you fear that Allah and His Messenger will do injustice to you?” I said: O Messenger of Allah, I thought you might have gone to the house of some of the wives. The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) replied: “Verily, Allah descends on the night of the middle of Sha’bān to the first heaven and forgives the sins of the people, even if they were equivalent to the hairs of the goats of Banī Qalb. [Tirmidhi, Ahmad and Ibn Majah]
Good deeds you can acquire on this night
Many will use the 15th Shaban, or Shab e Barat 2020, for prayer, others will fast during the day, and some will engage in dhikr all night long. Some will go to the Mosque to pray qiyam al layl, the night vigil.
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Maximise your reward in Shaban
For those who’ll be doing extra worship on the 15th Shaban 2020 / Shab e Barat, don’t miss out on the extra prayer, supplications and charity.
Just like an exam requires practice and preparation, so does Ramadan.
As we gear up for the blessed month of Ramadan, make sure your Shaban/ Shab e Barat 2020 is a memorable one.
Abu Musa al-Ash’ari (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates: The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: “Our Lord descends to the lowest heaven on the night of the middle of Shaban and forgives the occupants of the Earth except the one who associates partners with Allah and one who harbors enmity.” [Ibn Majah]
Make Shaban 2020 a month in which you attain forgiveness, insha’Allah.
TUESDAY 7 APR 2020