The sacred Night of Laylatul Bara`ah: Wednesday, May 10th 2017

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The night of Wednesday 10th May should be the The Night of Laylatul Bara`ah, the 14th night of the holy month of Shaban. 

The Night of Bara`ah (nisf Sha`ban)

Another significant feature of the month of Sha`ban is that it consists of a night which is termed as “Laylatul-bara`ah” (The night of freedom from Fire). This is the night occurring between 14th and 15th day of Sha`ban. Traditions of Prophet Muhammad (saws), prove that it is a meritorious night in which the people of the Earth are attended by special Divine Mercy.

The 15th night of Shabaan is a very blessed night. According to the Hadith Shareef, the name of this Mubarak night is “Nisf Shabaan” which means 15th night of Shabaan. The reason for this special night to attain its name of Laylatul Baraa’ah, meaning the Night of Salvation, Seeking Freedom from Azaab and Calamity, is that in this night the Barkaat and acceptance of repentance may be accomplished. Laylatul Baraa’ah in Persian, as well as in Urdu, is called Shabbe Baraat.

It is the night of seeking pardon and repenting to Almighty Allah, remembering our past sins and sincerely settling the mind that one will try  notto commits sins in the future.

What should be done in this night?
On the Holy Night of 15th Shaban, after Maghrib or Isha prayer it is traditional practice to read Surah Yasin three times, and after each time, read a special du`a with the following intentions:
1st reading the niyyat (intention) for should be for Long Life.
2nd reading the niyyat (intention) should be for Protection from Calamities.
3rd Reading the niyyat (intention) should be for not being needy to anyone except Allah.

It is very important to observe this night. To make an invitation to feed people on that night, to remember Allah and to remember His Prophet (saws), and to fast its day and pray its night, will be rewarded for that night and for whoever observes it.
In order to observe the Night of Bara`ah, one should remain awake on this night as much as possible. If someone has the opportunity, he or she should spend the whole night in worship and prayer. However, if one cannot do so for one reason or another, he can select a considerable portion of the night, preferably of the second half of it for this purpose, and should perform the following acts of worship: praying Salat ul-Khair, which consists of 100 raka`ts, in each raka`t reciting Sura al-Fatiha and 10 Surat al-Ikhlas. To complete the prayer one recites 1000 Sura al-Ikhlas.
The Night of Bara`ah is a night in which special blessings are coming. It is advisable before maghrib to perform the complete ablution (ghusul) and to pray two raka’t sunnah.

Fast of the 15th Sha`ban
On the day immediately following the Night of Bara`ah, i.e. the 15th of Sha`ban, it is mustahabb (advisable) to keep fast. Prophet Muhammad (saws) is reported to have recommended this fast emphatically.

* See the article: “The Sermon Given by the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) on the Last Friday of Sha’ban”

SEE POST: THE HOLY MONTH OF SHA’BAN

 

 

COUNTLESS MERCIES

Sayyiduna Rasulullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) has stated: “Verily! Almighty Allah directs His Special Grace on the world on this Night. He forgives my Ummah more than the number of wool that is found on the sheep of the Bani Kalb”. We should remember that in those days the Bani Kalb possessed the most number of sheep that any other tribe.

 

According to the Hadith Shareef which is narrated by Ibne Habaan (radi Allahu anhu) that Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said: “When the night of 15th Shabaan arrives spend the night awake and keep fast the next day”.

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu) reports that the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said often in his Khutba (sermon): “O people! Lighten and cleanse your bodies by way of fasting during Shabaan, so that it shall be easy and helpful to you for the fast during Ramadaan. Who so fasts for three days during Shabaan, all his past sins are wiped off”. (Baihaqi) Fasting is also recommended on the 13th, 14th and 15th of Shabaan.

Also on this night the Doors of Mercy and Forgiveness are opened wide, and those who sincerely grieve over and repent for their past sins and seek forgiveness from Allah are pardoned and forgiven by the Grace of Allah the Merciful.

Hazrat Ghousul Azam, Sheikh Abdul Qaadir Jilani (radi Allahu anhu) has mentioned in his famous “Gunyat-ut Taalibeen” that the month of Shabaan according to some narrations is related to Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).

 

THE SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE MONTH SHA’BAN AND THE DIVINE FORGIVENESS SENT DOWN IN THIS MONTH.

Allah’s beloved prophet hadrat MUHAMMAD {peace be upon him}said: “Sha’ban is my month,Rajab is Allah’s month and Ramadan is the month of my Ummah[Community]

Sha’ban is expiator,while Ramadan is the prufier.” Sha’ban is a month between Rajab and Ramadan.People tend to neglcet it,but that is when the deeds of His servants ascend to the Lord of all the Worlds,so I would rather mine rose up while i am fasting.”

” The excellence of Rajab over other months is like the excellence of the Quran over all other books, while the excellence of Sha’ban over other months is like my excellence over the rest of the prophets,and the excellence of Ramadan over other months is like the excellence of Allah [Exalted is He] over all His creatures.
Hadrat Aisha,the wife of our prophet hadrat MUHAMMAD{peace be upon him}is reported,having said: “Allah’s Messenger{peace be upon him}used to fast until we would say he was never going to stop fasting, and he would go so long without fasting that we would say he was never going to fast,but i never saw Allah’s Messenger{peace be upon him}continue a fast from the beginning to the end of any month except the month of Ramadan and i never saw do more fasting in any month than he did in Sha’ban .So i a sked him “how is it i always see you fasting in Sha’ban?” and he{peace be upon him}said: “O’ Aisha,it is the month in which the angel of death has to note down the name of anyone whose soul he must take before the year is out,so i would rather he did not record my name except while i am fasting.” Hadrat Aisha{may Allah be pleased with her}said: ” The dearest of months to our Prophet hadrat MUHAMMAD{peace be upon him} was Sha’ban, which he would link to Ramadan.”

LAST MONDAY OF SHA’BAN.
Allah’s beloved hadrat MUHAMMAD{peace be upon him}said: “Anyone who fasts on the last monday of Sha’ban will be granted forgiveness.”

THE SPECIAL [IBADA] WORSHIP OF OUR PROPHET HADRAT MUHAMMAD{peace be upon him}IN THIS BLESSED NIGHT.

Hadrat Aisha{may Allah be pleased with her}said,once Allah’s Messenger{peace be upon him}asked me, “O Aisha,what night is this?”She replied, “Allah and His Messenger know best.”Then he said: This is the night of the middle of Sha’ban ,during which worldly actions and the deeds of mankind are carried aloft.In this night as numerous as the wool of the flocks of the tribe of Kalb,are the slaves of Allah, emancipated from the fire of hell. So will you excuse me tonight?” She said :” I said yes,So he performed his prayer like this : He held the upright position only briefly,and recited AL-Hamd and a short Sura then he stayed in prostration till middle of night .then he stood upto begin the second rak’at[cycle] with a recitation similar to the first,and then his prostration lasted untill dawn.”

Hadrat Ibn-e-Abbas {may Allah be pleased with him and his father}said: “In the night of mid Sha’ban ,Allah[Exalted is He] arranges the affairs of the year.He transfers[some of] the living to the list of dead,and records those who will make pilgrimage to the house of Allah,neither adding one too many nor leaving a single one of them out.”

 

 

“Laylatul Bara’a Subhana Allah! “Fiha Yufraqu Kullu Amrin Hakimin”(44:4) “Therein (that night) every
wise matter is made clear, distinct.” (44:4) Decree…decree.

For the people of Truth, the start of every year begins with Laylatul Bara’at. It is a night from
the greatest nights in the world!

For this blessed night where every wise decree is made clear, distinct. “…Kullu Amrin Hakimin”(44:4)

This night started a new year, in all the worlds. In this night everything concerning us is decreed,
distributed and encouraged or everything is delayed. This is mentioned about Laylatul Bara’at.

“Faqultu Astaghfiru Rabbakum Innahu Kana Ghaffaran” (71:10)

All our steps are not true steps because we are not taking Heavenly footsteps.

This means the order of Heavens and earth is under the command of Heavenly rules.

And therefore you cannot arrange your situation, your
doings. But correcting matters, speeding them up or delaying them, or changing them from
Heavens. And this is according to your deeds, you harvest what you plant. So be straight! This
is the order of Heavens.

And we went through Laylatul Bara’at last night. In this night every year is made distinct
every wise command. It is decreed for the servants of the Lord who are living in our times now,
in this world. The faithful ones carry responsibility but the rest of the people, who are not
believers in the Absolute Message of the Prophet (saws) of Allah (swt), are not responsible.

 Allah (swt) knows best what will happen in this year that we started today. This is an important matter,
truly! It is an important matter.

Blessed Laylatul Bara’a to all of us!

When you respect Allah’s Divine rights and limits, He (swt) will protect you. This is an ocean.” 

Maulana Sheikh Nazim al Haqqani (qs)

Lefke, 05.07.2012″

 

Many hadiths have been narrated extolling the virtue of the 15th of Sha’ban.

Amongst them is the narration of Sayyiduna Mu’ad ibn Jabal (radiallahuánhu) that Rasulullah (sallallahuálaihu wasallam) said, ‘Allah Ta’ala turns to his entire creation on the fifteenth night of Sha’ban and forgives all of them except one who ascribes partners to Him and one who harbors enmity in his heart.’ (This hadith has been recorded by Imam Tabrani in his Mu’jam al-Awsat hadith 6776 and mu’jam al-Kabir vol.20 pg.108-109)

 

Imam ‘Ata ibn Yasar (rahimahullah) –the great Tabi’i- said: “After Laylat al-Qadr, there is no other night in the year that is more vitreous than the middle (15th) night of Sha’ban” (Lataif al-Ma’arif, pg.197)

Hafiz Ibn Rajab (rahimahullah) has quoted Imam Shafi’i (rahimahullah) to have mentioned that duas are accepted by Almighty Allah on the 15th of Sha’ban. (ibid, pg. 196)

Note: Together with duá and istighfar (seeking forgiveness from Allah Taála), on this night one should engage in any act of worship that one feels comfortable with.

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