By Moulana Sikander Pathan
Sunday 23rd June
After Maghrib Salaah.
Brothers & Sisters are welcome (segregation panel)
The importance of the Islamic month of Sha'baan cannot be underestimated. Sha'baan is the eighth month of the Islamic calendar and according to our Beloved Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) holds many great merits.
A number of ahadith relate the significance of the month of Sha’baan:
1. The blessed companion Anas, (Allah be pleased with him), reports that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), was asked, "Which fast is the most meritorious after the fasts of Ramadan?" He replied, "Fasts of Sha’baan in honour of Ramadan."
2. The blessed companion Usama ibn Zaid (Allah be pleased with him), reports that he asked the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him): "Messenger of Allah, I have seen you fasting in the month of Sha'baan so frequently that I have never seen you fasting in any other month." He (peace be upon him), replied: "That (Sha'baan) is a month between Rajab and Ramadan which is neglected by many people. And it is a month in which an account of the deeds (of human beings) is presented before the Lord of the universe, so, I wish that my deeds be presented at a time when I am in a state of fasting."
3. Ummul Mu'mineen 'Aishah, (Allah be pleased with her), says, "The Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, used to fast the whole of Sha'baan. I said to him, 'Messenger of Allah, is the month of Sha'baan your most favourite month for fasting?' He said, 'In this month Allah prescribes the list of the persons dying this year. Therefore, I like that my death comes when I am in a state of fasting."
In light of the importance of this blessed month and more specifically the 15 Sha’baan which is known as Laylat-ul-Baraah (or Shab-e-Baraat in Urdu), we will be holding a talk highlighting some of these key benefits and recommended practices will inshaAllah compel us all to take advantage of these blessed moments in the lead up to the month of Ramadhan.
 Adapted from http://www.albalagh.net/general/shaban.shtml
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