Friday, August 15, 2008

The Month of Sha'ban

(continued from the book, Nisfu Syaaban : Kelebihan dan Amalan, by Syed Hassan bin Muhammad Alattas, Masjid Baalwi. Translated by me, so all errors are mine)

Sha'ban is a significant month. The Prophet (prayer and peace of God be on him) said - Rajab is God's month, Sha'ban is my month and Ramadan is my people's (ummat) month.

The moon is split
In the month of Sha'ban was the incident the moon was split as mentioned in the Qurna in surah al-Qamar : 1 - the end is near and the moon is split.

The command to selawat
The command to selawat (praise) as stated in surah al-Ahzab:56 was sent in this month - Indeed God and the angels selawat on the Prophet. Oh you who believe, selawat on him and give him the best of greetings.

The change of the qiblat
The command from God the Exalted to change the qiblat from Masjidil Aqsa in Palestine to Masjidil Haran in Makkah took place in this month in the year 8 AH. This is stated in the Qur'an in surah al-Baqaerah:144 - Turn your faces to the direction of Masjidil Haram.

The Ascension of Deeds
Every Monday and Thursday, God the Exalted raises the deeds of a Muslim that was done in that week.
Every Sha'ban God the Exalted raises the deeds of a Muslim that was done in that year.
Every Lailatul Qadr God the Exalted raises the deeds of a Muslim that was done in his/her life.
As such, we find the Prophet (prayers and peace be on him) fasted on every Monday and Thursday, as well as often in Sha'ban. When asked he (prayers and peace be on him) said - This is the month wherein deeds are raised to God the Master of the Universe, and I would like it that when my deeds are raised, I am in a state of fasting.


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