When entering into the month of Sha’ban, Muslims all over the world prepare to reap the benefits of this month.
It is a month of great importance and benefits to Muslims. The Holy Prophet (sawa) is narrated to have delivered the following message to the people of Medina at the start of this holy month, “Verily, Sha’ban is my month; therefore, may Allah have mercy upon him who helps me undertake my month.” Many narrations verify and emphasize the importance of this blessed month and its status in front of Allah (swt).
In order to maximise on the rewards of Sha’ban, here are 6 recommended acts you can complete!
- Fast as much as possible
Many narrations emphasise the many rewards for fasting in the month of Ramadan.
Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (as) said,
“Anyone who fasts during Sha’ban for the love of the Messenger of Allah (S) to seek nearness to Almighty Allah, Almighty Allah will love him, and draw him nearer to Himself on the Day of Resurrection, and definitely reward him with Paradise.”
- Give charity
Sha’ban is described in narrations as springtime for the poor. Other narrations mention the tremendous rewards and blessings granted for giving charity in this month. Therefore, it is highly recommended to give charity in this holy month as much as possible. You can give charity here.
- Seek forgiveness
Multiple narrations from the Holy Prophet (sawa) and his household emphasise the importance of seeking forgiveness in the holy month of Sha’ban. Some narrations emphasise the importance of doing this seventy times a day.
The following duas seeking forgiveness from Allah (swt) are recommended to be recited 70 times per day:
سْتَغْفِرُ ٱللَّهَ وَاسْالُهُ ٱلتَّوْبَة
I seek forgiveness of Allah, and, repentant, beseech Him
اسْتَغْفِرُ ٱللَّهَ ٱلَّذِي لاَ إِلٰهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ ٱلرَحْمٰنُ ٱلرَّحِيمُ ٱلْحَيُّ ٱلْقَيُّوْمُ وَاتُوبُ إِلَيْهِ
I seek forgiveness of Allah who is “There is no God save He”, the Beneficent, the Merciful; the Everliving, the Eternal, and I turn repentant to Him
- Complete special tasbeeh
Special duas are recommended to be recited frequently in the holy month of Sha’ban. Amongst them is the following dua which is recommended to be recited 1000 times:
لاَ إِلٰهَ إِلاَّ ٱللّهُ وَلاَ نَعْبُدُ إِلاَّ إِيَّاهُ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ ٱلدِّينَ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ ٱلْمُشْرِكُونَ.
There is no god save Allah; and we serve none save Him, being sincere to Him in obedience, though the unbelievers are averse
- Celebrate the blessed occasions
The month of Sha’ban is filled with many beautiful occasions for the several members of the family of the Prophet (sawa). The following is a list of births that are narrated to take place in Sha’ban:
- 3 Sha’ban: Birth of Imam Hussain (as)
- 4 Sha’ban: Birth of Hazrat Abbas (as)
- 5 Sha’ban: Birth of Imam Ali ibn Hussain (as)
- 7 Sha’ban: Birth of Hazrat Qasim ibn Hassan (as)
- 11 Sha’ban: Birth of Hazrat Ali Akbar (as)
- 15 Sha’ban: Birth of Imam al-Mahdi (ajfs)
On these holy days make sure to celebrate the birth of these holy figures who have provided so much to our faith and humanity!
- Complete the recommended acts on Shab-e-Baraat
Shab-e-Baraat or the night of the 15th of Sha’ban is recognised to be once of the holiest nights of the entire year. 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.” There are many recommended acts to be completed on this holy night which can be found here.
We pray that you and your loved ones are showered with endless blessings in this holy month and that this post was beneficial! Stay tuned for more posts in the future with recommended acts in this month and the holy month of Ramadan approaching quickly!