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Fasting on the 13th, 14th and 15th of Sha’ban

  • Author: MR
  • Filed under: Islam
  • Date: Aug 25,2007 | 11:58 PM

According to the moonsighting (not strict astronomical calculation) process conducted by the Zaytuna Institute, here are the following dates for the “bright days” of Sha’ban:

Mon, August 27 = Sha’ban 13
Tue, August 28 = Sha’ban 14 (Tues night is Shab-e-Baraat, Nisfu Sha’ban)
Wed, August 29 = Sha’ban 15

Check out more info here: Fasting the Bright Days

It is reported from Sayyiduna `Ali (Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: “Let all of you spend the night of mid-Sha`ban in worship (i.e. partly) and its day in fasting. Allah descends to the nearest heaven during this night, beginning with sunset, and says: Is there no one asking forgiveness that I may forgive them? Is there no one asking sustenance that I may grant them sustenance? Is there no one under trial that I may relieve them? Is there not such-and-such, is there not such-and-such, and so forth until until dawn rises. [Narrated by Ibn Majah with a weak chain.]

There are many other narrations from the Companions and early Muslims confirming this matter, as mentioned by Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali in his Lataif al-Ma`arif, and others.

There is general consensus that weak hadiths may be acted upon for virtuous acts, such as voluntary fasting and prayer, as long as the hadith is not excessively weak, returns to a general basis in the Shariah, and one is not convinced that the Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace) specifically prescribed it.

And Allah alone gives success.

Source: SunniPath

Also check out Sha’ban: Merits, Do’s, and Dont’s by Mufti Taqi Usmani.


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  • 19 Responses for "Fasting on the 13th, 14th and 15th of Sha’ban"

    1. AbdulHasib August 26th, 2007 at 12:21 pm

      JazaakaAllahukhairan for mentioning it’s a weak hadith.

      The principles on acting on a weak hadith in fadaa’il al ‘amaal also entails that.
      1. You don’t make da’wah or call to it
      2. Has basis already within the qur’an and sunnah.

      This has no basis in the shari’ah and calling out to it is even more reprehensible, much less knowing that it’s a weak practice.

      Secondly, in ‘ibaadat all acts have to come from Qur’an and Sunnah. The principle in usool: Everything is haraam except that which the shari’ah texts allow.

      Thirdly, why not we go closer to the sunnah instead of singling out a single day with the wrong intention?

      Meaning, why cannot we follow the sunnah in this month of fasting the majority of it, and if one can’t then at least the sunnah of monday and thursday, or 13, 14, 15 (with the intention that fasting these 3 days is the sunnah not that the 15th has special merits), or fasting any 3 days?

      SubhanAllah it’s suprising that we leave the sunnah KNOWINGLY for the weak or fabricated practices and more so propagate it to the masses.

      In the report narrated by al-Nasaa’i and Abu Dawood, and classed as saheeh by Ibn Khuzaymah, according to which Usaamah ibn Zayd said:

      “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, I do not see you fasting in any month more than in Sha’baan.’

      He (salAllaahu alayhi wasallam) said, ‘That is a month concerning which many people are heedless, between Rajab and Ramadaan. It is the month is which people’s deeds are taken up to the Lord of the Worlds, and I would like my deeds to be taken up whilst I am fasting.’” (Classified as Hasan in Sahih an Nasa’ii 2221)

      How simple it is to return to the sunnah..

      WAllahu ‘Alam

    2. muslim brother August 26th, 2007 at 2:04 pm

      the third requirement is that you cannot believe in the reward that the weak hadith promises the person performing the action.

    3. mujahid7ia August 26th, 2007 at 9:29 pm

      See also http://attalib.blogspot.com/2007/08/significance-of-15th-of-shaban.html

    4. muslim brother August 26th, 2007 at 11:43 pm

      please see

      http://islamqa.com/index.php?pg=article&ln=eng&article_id=41

    5. Amira August 27th, 2007 at 1:06 pm

      Assalam u Alaikum,

      I myself was abit confused on the authenticity of the hadith regarding fasting on the 15th.I do know that it is sunna to fast as much as possible in the holy month of Shabaan.

    6. Mujahideen Ryder August 27th, 2007 at 1:10 pm

      Changed the title. JazakAllah khair everyone for there comments.

    7. Safiya August 27th, 2007 at 4:30 pm

      Salaam Alaikum,

      I came to your blog via Umar Lee’s, it’s very good Masha Allah.

      Are you a current Sunni Path student?
      The Al Tahawi course is excellent.

    8. fastaqim.blogspot.com August 27th, 2007 at 5:19 pm

      btw, if youre gonna fast, fast the 3 white days, because thats the sunnah. not just the 15th.

    9. Luqman August 27th, 2007 at 6:26 pm

      Abdul Hasib & Muslim brother:
      Are these 3 conditions you mentioned guidelines in the Quran & the Hadith?
      Do you know of any ayah in the Quran or any hadith that supports, for ie., doing a dua at the end of Witr Prayer in Ramadan? As I am sure both of you know this is done all over the Muslim world as “part of their ibadat”.
      If the Ummah of Scholars did not believe in the reward, would they do this for generations (along with other practices)?
      This is one simple example. Please answer.
      May Allah guide all of us.

    10. Ginny August 27th, 2007 at 11:23 pm

      “Secondly, in ‘ibaadat all acts have to come from Qur’an and Sunnah. The principle in usool: Everything is haraam except that which the shari’ah texts allow.”

      Assalamu alaikum, perhaps I’m getting this confused with something else, but I thouht it was the other way around, that “everything was permissible unless strictly prohibited by the Sharia”? Maybe I’m confusing acts of worship with general everyday things, but then again, everyday things can be acts of worship too.

      I’d sure hate this to turn into a “debate” as to who is wrong or who is not, if you don’t believe in singling out the days of Sha’baan, then don’t! However, it’s possible that there may be a “sharia” basis for doing so.

      I’m just getting the “here we go again” feeling, in that I detect this sort of slidng into fiqhi debates, etc.

      But anyway…

    11. Luqman August 28th, 2007 at 3:43 pm

      Ginny, you are correct. Everything is permissible, unless stated otherwise. I am not sure where these two individuals studied their deen from. This is very “basic” knowledge. May Allah guide all of us.

    12. muslim brother August 28th, 2007 at 8:48 pm

      Luqman, to ease your confusion:

      1-All acts of worship are deemed impermissible unless proven permissible. Mundane acts (aadah) are permissible until proven impermissible. All of the Ulema agree on this. See the commentary of the fifth hadith in the 40 hadith of an-nawawi and you will find scholars from all backgrounds agreeing. This is basic knowledge.

      2-Acts of aadah can be converted to Ibadah with the proper intention. Again, not a single scholar disagrees on this.

      3-An aadah ibadah differs from an original mashroo’ ibadah because an aadah that is converted to an ibadah can be easily converted back to an aadah wihtout the intention. not so for actual ibadah. therefore fasting cannot be considered an aadah, unless someone wakes up in the morning, decides to fast, and makes his intention to fast before maghrib. but this has nothing to do with our discussion since we are singling out the 13th, 14th, and 15th of shaban.

      4-fasting is not and never considered an aadah. therefore to single out a specific day of the year and say that it is a special day to fast without authentic proof is bid’ah according to some ulema.
      other ulema have said that a person can act upon weak ahadith provided
      1-that they do not believe it to be a legal ruling from the sunnah (mashroo’ min as-sunnah)
      2-that they do not obligate or institutionalize it.
      3-they do not seek the reward mentioned in the weak hadith.
      4-That is goes back to an act of the sunnah. (Which does not include the hadhra or the mawlid in the opinion of my teachers. But it does include fasting. But again…not tangents :)

      other scholars do not see number 2 as a requirement for acting upon weak ahadith. hence you see one camp calling to it and other camps not calling to it.

      Nobody is saying not to fast on the 15th of Shaban. I am saying to follow the authentic sunnah and fast 13th, 14th and 15th as reported by the authentic sunnah. May Allah bless Mujahideen Ryder for understanding this point.

      Seriously, what happened to the “being safe” that the madhabis seem to throw out at the “salafis” every time their fiqhi ideology is debated?

      If you wish to base your Islam on weakness then so be it. I can do nothing but convey the message.

      Did you even read the fatwa of sunnipath above? Realize that their fatwa is consistent with what I am saying, not you. Their fatwa is consistent with the third category i mentioned above.

      So Luqman take MR as an example and understand what it being said before shooting off on tangents and making left-field remarks.

      This is very basic knowledge. May Allah guide us all.

    13. muslim brother August 28th, 2007 at 11:09 pm

      Ginny on August 27, 2007 at 11:23 pm said:

      “Secondly, in ‘ibaadat all acts have to come from Qur’an and Sunnah. The principle in usool: Everything is haraam except that which the shari’ah texts allow.”

      Assalamu alaikum, perhaps I’m getting this confused with something else, but I thouht it was the other way around, that “everything was permissible unless strictly prohibited by the Sharia”? Maybe I’m confusing acts of worship with general everyday things, but then again, everyday things can be acts of worship too.

      I’d sure hate this to turn into a “debate” as to who is wrong or who is not, if you don’t believe in singling out the days of Sha’baan, then don’t! However, it’s possible that there may be a “sharia” basis for doing so.

      I’m just getting the “here we go again” feeling, in that I detect this sort of slidng into fiqhi debates, etc.

      But anyway…

      Assalamu Alaikum Ginny,

      Yes the Ulema have differed since the time of the companions. The sahabah fought and killed each other over some issues, and they are the best example for us to follow. May Allah forgive them and us.

      And what you say is true: just because there is debate about an issue does not mean that both sides can be correct. What matters more is adab and akhlaq.

      May Allah reward you for your sincerity.

    14. muslim brother August 28th, 2007 at 11:11 pm

      Oh and one more thing, specifying the days of Shaban as days of fasting is an authentic practice of Rasulullah (sall Allah alahi wa sallam) and is mashru’. The debate was about singling out the 15th as a special day.

      And Allah knows best.

    15. BostonMuslim August 29th, 2007 at 2:53 pm

      so who is going to ISNA?

    16. Abu Safiyyah September 2nd, 2007 at 4:51 am

      This is a nice piece written on the issue:
      http://web.mac.com/jawziyyah/iWeb/The%20Jawziyyah%20Institute/Home_files/Shaban.pdf

    17. dontbesad December 29th, 2007 at 6:50 pm

      Asalaamu alikum,

      Jazak’allah for bringing this to our attention. In the upcoming month, we should also make an effort to fast (Muharram), insha’allah.

      Wa alikum salaam

      Don’t be sad

    18. vahhabiman December 30th, 2007 at 1:28 pm

      you know how these sufis do? they make stuff up call it islam, and if you dont agree with them they call you vahhabi and all types of other names. they are just a bunch of haters cause many people are starting to read quran and hadeeth and think RATIONALLY, which in their eyes means they are being brainwashed by saudi vahhabi extremists. no sufi man, people are just usin their heads these days. they want people to blindly follow their sheikhs and not read the quran because thas the only way people will listen to them. they are just like jews and catholic priests, they dont want you to question anything and keep you blind and ignorant. these are the type of people responisble for our ummah being so backwards and uneducated about the deen.

    19. Shahid July 27th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

      http://attalib.blogspot.com/2007/08/significance-of-15th-of-shaban.html read this … some people always make issues and one day they will question….Can Allah make anything which Allah cant destroy. and then they wont believe Allah

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