Posted By Veiled Muslimah on/at 9/05/2006 01:12:00 PM

Assalam Alaykum Warahmutallahi Wabarakath,

At times people forget with the excitement of the coming month of Ramadan, about the Month of Shabaan, which comes before the month of Ramadan. [We are in Shabaan now].

The month of Shabaan is important and the Prophet Muhammad Sallahu alayhi wasalaam used to fast in this month.

It was narrated that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to fast until we thought he would not break his fast, and he used not to fast until we thought he would not fast. I never saw the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) fast a complete month except Ramadaan and I never saw him fast more than in Sha’baan.

Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1868; Muslim, 1165.


However, the Prophet Muhammad Sallahu alayhi wasallam advised us not to fast after the 15th of Shabaan if you didnt have a habit of doing so already. Simple because one could loose his/herfreshness and become weak when the month of Ramadan arrived.

The blessed Companion Abu Hurairah, Radi-Allahu anhu, reports Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, to have said, "Do not fast after the first half of the month of Sha'ban is gone."


It was narrated from Abu Salamah that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not fast in any month more than Sha’baan, and he used to fast all of Sha’baan and he used to say: “Do as much of good deeds as you can, for Allaah does not get tired (of giving reward) until you get tired.”

And the most beloved of prayers to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was that in which one persists even if it is little. When he offered a prayer he would persist in doing so.


Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1869; Muslim, 782.

It is mustahabb to fast three days each month, and it is best to fast the ayaam al-beed, which are the 13th, 14th and 15th of the month.

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: My close friend [the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)] advised me to do three things which I will not give up until I die: fasting three days of each month, praying Duha and going to sleep after Witr.


Narrated by al-Bukhaari (1124); Muslim (721)

It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to me: “It is sufficient for you to fast three days every month, because for every good deed you will have (the reward of) ten like it, so that will be like fasting for a lifetime.”

Narrated by al-Bukhaari (1874); Muslim (1159)


Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked:

It was narrated in the hadeeth that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) advised Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) to fast three days of each month. When should these fasts be observed, and should they be one after the other?

He replied:

It is permissible to fast these days one after the other or separately, and they may be at the beginning of the month, or in the middle, or at the end. The matter is broad in scope, praise be to Allaah, because the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not state any specific days. ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) was asked: Did the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) fast three days of each month? She said: Yes. It was asked: In which part of the month did he fast? She said: He would not bother in which part of the month he would fast. Narrated by Muslim, (1160). But the 13th, 14th and 15th are better, because these are al-ayyaam al-beed.

Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 10/ question no. 376.


I hope this was of some benefit Inshallah.

Masalamah












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4 comments:

bubbles said...

mash'Allah this is good. thanks for the reminder to fast during this month! may Allah give you reward. wasalaam

Mishkaat said...

Assalamu'alaykum wr wb
I came across your site through islamqa.com
Masha Allah its kept me entertained during my days at work.
I've read back through your last posts and I can see how you've grown as a muslimah. Very inspiring. I embraced Islam 3 years and about 6 days ago. Alhamdulilah.
Just wanted to share my thoughts with you. Im all the way in Australia. Subhanallah the world is such a small place nowadays.
Ramadhan Mubarak.
Your sis in Islam
Mishkaat
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Hanna said...

thanks for the post sis, it's great.. I can't wait til Ramadan :D It's easy to forget that Shabaan holds so many virtues itself. So jazakallah khayr for the reminder.xx.

PLOPS said...

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