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Sha’baan 2011 is almost over…

We know that Sha’baan is a great month wherein we prepare ourselves spiritually for the Holy month of Ramadhaan.

Ummul Mu’mineen (The Mother of the Believers) Sayyiditinaa Aa’ishah (radhiyallahu anha) said “Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) used to fast until we thought that he would never break his fast, and not fast until we thought that he would never fast. I never saw the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) month except in Ramadhaan, and I never saw him fast more than he did in Sha’baan”. (Bukhari, no. 1833, and Muslim, no.1956)

Ibadaah should not be restricted to the 15th of Sha’baan or any other specific night. As mentioned in posts before, there is no specific salaah to be performed. Any nafl prayer is good as well as recitation of Qur’aan and dhikrullah.

Aa’ishah (radhiyallahu anha) reports that Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) used to go to bed during the first portion of the night and he would stay awake the last portion of the night (spending it in ibaadah). (Bukhari and Muslim)

One should sincerely make du’a to Allah ask for oneself, one’s near and dear ones and the ummah at large.
As Sha’baan comes to an end, we try to prepare ourselves spiritually, mentally and physically for the arrival of the blessed month of Ramadhaan.This mubaarak month is such a jazaa to the Ummah of Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) in that we are able to gain Allah Ta’aala’s love through various noble actions which will bring us great ajr and thawaab.
Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) has said “Whoever tries drawing near to Allah by performing any virtuous deed in this month, for him shall be such reward as if he had performed a Fardh (obligatory act) in any other time of year. And whosoever performs a Fardh, for him shall be the reward of seventy Faraa’idh in any other time of year.” (Reported by Ibn Khuzaimah in his Sahih) Sub’haanallah! What a merciful and generous Lord we have, who is prepared to give us so much for our meagre actions!

Let us try to excercise patience, lesson the burden of our bondsmen and have empathy in our hearts for those underpriviledged or in worse conditions than ours. The greatest priviledge that we have been endowed with, is the Gift Of Imaan. Let us make shukr for our Imaan by fulfilling our huqooq to Allah and His servants. As Allah ‘Azza Wa Jall says in The Qur’aan Kareem “لإن شكرتم لأزيدنكمم “- “If you are grateful, I will increase for you”. There can be no greater boon than the favour of constantly being increased in our Imaan.
May Allah Haq Ta’aala Accept Our Humble Efforts.

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