We praise Allah abundantly for allowing us to reach the month of Sha’ban; a month which most people do not pay attention to.
عن أُسَامَةُ بْنُ زَيْدٍ، قَالَ قُلْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ لَمْ أَرَكَ تَصُومُ شَهْرًا مِنَ الشُّهُورِ مَا تَصُومُ مِنْ شَعْبَانَ . قَالَ “ ذَلِكَ شَهْرٌ يَغْفُلُ النَّاسُ عَنْهُ بَيْنَ رَجَبٍ وَرَمَضَانَ وَهُوَ شَهْرٌ تُرْفَعُ فِيهِ الأَعْمَالُ إِلَى رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ فَأُحِبُّ أَنْ يُرْفَعَ عَمَلِي وَأَنَا صَائِمٌ ”
Usamah bin Zaid (Radia-Allahu ‘anhu) said: “I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, I do not see you fasting any month as much as Sha’ban.’ He said: ‘That is a month to which people do not pay much attention, between Rajab and Ramadan. 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.“‘ [An-Nasaa’i]
Because the month of Sha’ban falls between the month of Rajab (which is a sacred month) and the month of Ramadan (which is a great month of fasting), people are occupied with these two months and neglect Sha’ban. Read the rest of this entry
Allah made 4 months sacred in the year: Rajab, Dhul-Qa’dah, Dhul-Hijjah, and Muharram. The Arabs used to magnify these months during the Days of Ignorance and they stop fighting and killing. Even if a man saw the killer of his father he woul would d not seek to retaliate. In Surat at-Tawbah [9:36], Allah says:
“Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months (in a year). It was so ordained by Allah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth. Of them four are Sacred, (i.e. the 1st, 7th, 11th and 12th months of the Islamic calendar). That is the right religion, so do not wrong yourselves during them. And fight against the Mushrikun (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah) collectively, as they fight against you collectively. But know that Allah is with those who are Al-Muttaqun.”
Let us not wrong ourselves by committing sins, because sins in this month are more grievous in punishment, and good deeds are multiplied. Read the rest of this entry
Reported by Zubair bin Al-Awwam (Radia Allaahu ‘anhu): Prophet Muhammad (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “Whoever among you is able to carry out a hidden good deed, he should do it.” Authenticated by Al-Khateeb in At-Tarikh (1/296), Al-Qadhi in Musnad Ash-Shahab (1/37), and Al-Albani in As-Silsila As-Sahiha (5/398).
Examples of some Hidden deeds that we should perform:
1- Weeping out of fear of Allah
Narrated Abu Hurairah (Radhia Allaahu ‘anhu) that Allah’s Messenger (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “Seven people whom Allaah will shade on the day when there is no shade except his – and he mentioned “A man who remembered Allaah in seclusion and his eyes shed tears.” (Al- Bukhâri)
Ibn Hubarah (Radhia Allaahu ‘anhu) said: “The one who remembered Allaah and his eyes shed tears, he fulfilled the sincerity in weeping; because one may weep while he is in congregation and does not weep when he is alone (in seclusion), and the Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) mentioned that the state of who remembered Allaah alone in seclusion should be considered those whose tears are shed when they are in seclusion where no one knows about that except Allaah (Subhanaahu wa Ta’ala).” (Al-Ifsa An Ma’aani ab-Sihaah )
2- Supplicating/invoking in ones absence
Abu Ad-Darda (Radhia Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated that the Prophet (Salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “The Dua (invocation) of a Muslim person for his brother in his absence is granted. At his head there is an appointed angel, whenever he invokes for his brother with good, the appointed angel will say, “Ameen and the same thing for you.” (Muslim) Read the rest of this entry