With a confirmed sighting in North America last night, we welcome the month of Sha’ban and eagerly await the coming of the blessed month of Ramadan!
My friend Rebecca shared this gem with us this morning:
Sayyiduna Anas (ra) described the practice of the Companions: As soon as Sha’ban entered, the Muslims would turn towards the Qur’an. They would also take Zakat out form their wealth and (by it) strengthen the poor and destitute for the fasts of Ramadan
These reports indicate that fasting in the month of Sha’ban, though not obligatory, is so meritorious that Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, did not like to miss it.
The blessed companion Anas (ra) reports that Prophet Muhammad (saws) was asked, “Which fast is the most meritorious after the fasts of Ramadan?” He replied, “Fasts of Shaban in honor of Ramadan.”
In order to observe the Night of Bara’ah, one should remain awakened in this night as much as he can. If someone has better opportunities, he 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 [such as salat, recitation of quran, dhikr, and duadua]