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    Rulings about 15th Sha'baan (Shab-e-barat)

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    Question: We see some people specifying the 15th of Sha'baan with
    particular supplications and reciting the Qur.aan and performing
    naafilah prayers. So what is the correct position concerning this,
    and may Allaah reward you with good?

    Response: That which is correct is that fasting the 15th of Sha'baan
    or specifying it with reciting (the Qur.aan) or making (particular)
    supplications has no basis. So the day of the 15th of Sha'baan is
    like any other 15th day of other months. So from that which is known
    is that it has been legislated for a person to fast the 13th, 14th
    and 15th of every month, however, Sha'baan is characterised unlike
    the other months in that (except for Ramadhaan) the Prophet (sal-
    Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) used to fast more in Sha'baan than any
    other month . So he used to either fast all of Sha'baan or just a
    little. Therefore, as long as it does not cause difficulty for a
    person, it is befitting to increase in fasting during Sha'baan in
    adherence to the example of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa
    sallam).

    Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen
    al-Bid'u wal-Muhdathaat wa maa laa Asla lahu - Page 612
    Fataawa Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen - Volume 1, Page 190
    ~~~~~~~

    Question: Is standing the night of the 15th of Sha'baan in prayer and
    fasting during it's day legislated?

    Response: Nothing firm and reliable has been established on the
    authority of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) that he
    stood in prayer in the night and fasted during the day of the 15th of
    Sha'baan. So the night of the 15th of Sha'baan is like any other
    night, and if someone is a regular worshipper during other nights,
    then he may stand the night in prayer on this night without assuming
    anything special (because of it being the night of the 15th of
    Sha'baan). This is because specifying a time for any act of worship
    requires a authentic proof, so if there is no authentic proof then
    the act is regarded as an innovation and all innovations are
    misguidance. Likewsie, regarding specifically fasting during the 15th
    day of Sha'baan, then no (authentic) proof has been established on
    the authority of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) to
    indicate the legislation of fasting on that particular day.

    As for that which is mentioned from the ahaadeeth regarding this
    subject, then all of it is weak as the people of knowledge have
    indicated. However, whoever has the habit of fasting the 13th, 14th
    and 15th (of every month), then he can continue and fast during
    Sha'baan as he fasts during the other months, without assuming
    anything special about the 15th of Sha'baan. Also, the Prophet (sal-
    Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) used to increase in fasting during this
    month (Sha'baan), however, he did not particularise the 15th day,
    rather proceeded as per norm.

    Shaykh Ibn Fowzaan
    al-Bid'u wal-Muhdathaat wa maa laa asla lahu - Page 614
    Noorun alad-Darb Fataawa Shaykh Saalih Ibn Fowzaan - Volume 1, Page
    87


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    "I put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving creature, but He has a grasp of its forelock. Verily, my Lord is on the straight path. (The truth)"
    (11:55-56)

    [This message has been edited by Sadiaa (edited October 25, 2001).]
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