The Significance of Shabe-Baraat.
This night is called Shabe-Baraat (The night of freedom) because Allah frees all His sinful servants who were destined for Jahannam (Hell). The Quraan has called it a blessed night. The Beloved Nabi (SAW) has said in a hadith: “Sha’baan is my month and Ramadhaan is the month of Allah.
This month is an introduction to Ramadhaan, like Shawwal hail the end of Ramadhaan. Allah’s Mercy descends during this blessed night. During this night, beginning at sunset Allah’s special attention descends upon the first sky. Allah proclaims “Is there anyone seeking forgiveness, which I may pardon him? Is there anyone requesting sustenance, that I may provide for him? Is there anyone afflicted with difficulty (so that he may ask for assistance) that I may help him? Is there anyone with anyone with ant other need?”
Allah showers His Mercy the entire night up until Subah-Saadiq (dawn). Rasulullah (SAW) was so mindful of the month of Sha’baan that he did not give the sighting of the moon of any other month such thought. It is also a specialty of this month that all the deeds done during the year shall be presented before Allah in this month. Rasulullah (SAW) stated that the month of Sha’baan which is between Rajab and Ramadhaan is such a month that the people are negligent of its blessedness. It is during this month that the actions of the servants are presented before Allah. Therefore Rasulullah (SAW) loved that hid deeds be presented while he was fasting. During the 15th of Sha’baan Allah shows special attention to all His servants, He pardons those who seek forgiveness and He showers mercy on those who show mercy to others as for those who show a grudge and have enmity for others Allah leaves them in that very same condition. It is mentioned by Rasulullah (SAW) that the remainder of a persons life in the coming year and his sustenance and whoever shall be afforded the opportunity to perform Hajj shall be written on this night, During this night the names of the souls of all those who are born and of all those who are to depart from this world, furthermore during this night one’s actions are raised and sustenance sent down.
Rasulullah (SAW) has prohibited one from fasting after the 15th of Sha’baan. This prohibition does not cause the fast to become Haraam. The reason for prohibiting fasting after 15th Sha’baan is for one to gain strength for Ramadhaan.
Sunnah and Mustahabb actions during the 15th of Sha’baan
1) One should stay awake and perform Salah, keep ones self busy with Zikr, recitation of the Quraan and other worship. Do also recite the Masnoon Dua of this night excessively (Dua on number 5)
2) To ask Allah for forgiveness, health, happiness and all our halal needs for this world and the Hereafter.
3) It is Mustahabb (preferable) to fast on the day of the 15th Sha’baan. Our predecessors did so too.
4) The men should visit the Qabarastaan (graveyard) and make dua and seek forgiveness on behalf of the deceased.
5) Ayesha (RA) said: I heard Rasulullah (SAW) reciting the following dua whilst prostrating in Nafl Salaah:
Transliteration: Allahumma innee a’auzu be afwika min iqaabika wa a’auzu be rezhaka min sakhatika wa a’auzu bika minka subhaanaka laa uhsee thana’an alayka anta kama athnait ala nafsik.
Translation“I seek protection in Your forgiveness from Your Wrath, and seek shelter in Your pleasure from Your displeasure, and I seek safety with You from You, I cannot praise You as You are deserving and You are worthy of praise as You have praised Yourself.”
Rasulullah (SAW) repeated this dua continuously in Sajda. This Du’aa was taught to the Ummah by our beloved Rasulullah (SAW).
The following sins are so severe that due to them one would be deprived of the blessings of this great night:
1) To associate any partners to Allah, regarding His Being and Qualities.
2) To have enmity for one’s fellow brothers.
3) Not fulfilling the rights of our close relatives and treating them unkindly.
4) To allow the trousers and pants to hang below the ankles.
5) To be disobedient to the parents.
6) To drink wine.
7) To oppress and take bribes
8) To be involved in witchcraft.
9) To inform people of the unseen or to cast spells and be involved in fortune telling.
10) To read the palms in order to tell the future.
11) To play the guitar, drum or any other musical instrument.
12) To play any game that requires the use of dice.
After writing the virtues and blessings of this month, regretfully, we will have to include that due to the evil nature of our actions, we have converted all our actions to punishment and our blessings into worldly and hereafter losses. The Muslims were once those who used to draw some good from bad, some virtues from stating away from evil and benefit, benefit from troubles we encounter today, As a consequence of the evil nature of our actions, the table have turned and we have lost out in all places of good and achieve loss in all places of benefit. May Allah grant all the Muslims the ability to practice good deeds and follow the Sunnah of our beloved Rasulullah (SAW).
“In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. All Praise be to Allah the Lord of the worlds, and may the peace and blessings of Allah be on our chief and leader Muhammad (saw), and on all his family and companions.O Allah! Grant us success through the glorious Quran, let it be for us a guide and light that will lead us on the Day of Judgment. O Allah! Increase our knowledge and grant us understanding and insight, forgive us our sins and the sins of our parents, our teachers and all Muslims.O Our Lord! Facilitate our affairs and do not make it difficult, and let our end result be good, for Thou art the Most Generous and the Greatest Facilitator. O Allah! Grant us good in this world and good in the hereafter, and guard/protect us against the torment of the fire, and let us enter heaven/Jannah along with the righteous. O Allah! the Exalted in Power – He who forgives again and again, the Lord of the worldO Allah! Grant us perfect faith, permanent security, abundance of provisions, full and complete intellect and comprehension, beneficial knowledge, virtuous and righteous deeds, good character and grant us power, sound health, comfort, delight and strength so that we may worship Thee, O Thou who art Most Merciful, Most Generous! O our Lord! Forgive us and our brethren who came before us into the faith, and leave not, in our hearts any rancor against those who have believed. Our Lord! Thou art indeed full of kindness, Most Merciful. Our Lord! We have wronged our own souls; if Thou forgive us not and bestow not upon us Thy Mercy, we shall certainly be amongst the losers. O our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate now after Thou hast guided us, but grant us mercy from Thee; for Thou art the Granter of bounties without measure. Our Lord! Pour out constancy on us and make our steps firm, and help us against those who reject faith. O Allah! Cleanse and purify our hearts from hypocrisy, our deeds from being a show, our tongues from telling lies, and protect our eyes from treason, for You know the treachery of the eyes, and all that the hearts of men conceal. O Allah! Endear the faith to us, and make it beautiful in our hearts, and make hateful to us unbelief and wrongdoing, and make us of the righteous. O Allah! We beseech thee to grant us that which will necessitate Thy mercy upon us, grant us Thy solid and firm forgiveness, protection against all sin, a share in every goodness, success, entrance to the Jannah and deliverance and salvation from the fire. O Allah! allot to us fear, which will be a barrier between us and that which Thou hast made sinful, grant us obedience that will lead us to the Jannah/Heaven, grant us certitude and conviction that will ease our misfortunes of this world, make us enjoy our hearing, sight and strength and let it be with us till the last/end, let our revenge be against those who oppressed us, help us against those who show enmity to us, let not our misfortune be in our religion, let not our greatest concern be the vanities of this world, and do not impose upon us through our sins those who do not fear Thee and have no mercy on us.O Allah! Forgive the male and female inhabitants of the graves and the male and female believers of them, elevate their position and overlook their shortcomings, O Most Merciful! O Allah! Accept this service from us for Thou art the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing and accept our return to Thee in repentance, for Thou art the Oft-Relenting Most Merciful, and peace on the messengers, and all praise be to Allah! The Lord and Cherisher of the Worlds. In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. All Praise be to Allah! Lord of the Worlds. The Beneficent the Merciful. Master of the Day of Judgment, Thee Alone do we worship, and Thee alone to we ask for help. Show us the straight Path, the Path of those whom thou has favoured, not the path of those who earn Thy anger, nor of those who go astray. O Allah! Send thy special mercy on our chief and leader Muhammad (saw) and on the family of our chief and leader Muhammad (SAW) and bless and salute them. Aameen”