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6 Steps to be a winner on the 15 Shaban 

Two weeks ago, we created a post about maximizing the benefits of the holy month of Sha’ban, you can read that here! In that post we mentioned the importance of Shab-e-Baraat, the night of the 15th of Sha’ban.  

Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (as) stated “Surely it [the fifteenth of Sha’ban] is the greatest night after the night of Qadr…so stay awake in supplicating to God and praising Him.” 

As we mentioned, Shab-e-Baraat is one of the holiest nights of the entire year.  

Here are 6 steps for reaping the rewards on this holy night and being a winner!  

1. Begin the night with Ghusl 

When completing your Ghusl think of it as if you are washing away your sins and this is your final Ghusl.  

2. Seek forgiveness 

Recite Astagfirullah 100 times 

3. Recite Dua Kumayl  

This special dua, taught by Imam Ali (as) to Kumayl ibn Ziyad, is recommended typically to be recited every Thursday night. It is also recommended to be recited on this holy night. The full dua can be found here

4. Recite the Ziyarat of Imam Hussain (as) for the 15th of Sha’ban 

On this holy night, there is a special Ziyarat of Imam Hussain (as) recommended to be recited. It is narrated that angels and 100,000 Prophets (as) visit Imam Hussain (as) on this evening highlighting the importance of this holy night.  

The special ziyarat can be found here

5. Recite the special Salawat Sha’abania  

This is a special dua focusing on praising and sending our Salams to the Ahlulbayt (as). It is recommended to be recited throughout the holy month of Sha’ban and also on this special night.  

Salawat Sha’abania 

6. Write a Letter to the Imam of our time 

One of the greatest blessings around the occasion of the 15th of Sha’ban is the birth of Imam Mahdi (ajfs). On this night therefore, it is recommended to revive our connection to our blessed 12th Imam, the Imam of our time. One way to do so is to write an Areeza, a special letter, to the Imam. This letter is recognised to be a way to ask for your needs from Allah (swt) through the intercession of our Imam.  

This year, The Zahra Trust offered an opportunity for our donors to complete their Areeza’s and have it delivered to the birthplace of Imam Mahdi (ajfs) in Samarra, Iraq. If you did not get the chance to participate you can still complete your own Areeza using the template here and put it in a body of water.  

We pray that all your efforts will be accepted on this holy night! Do not forget to pray for the Imam of our time and those in need.

You can also give a Sadaqa for the protection of the holy Imam here