~ Transmitted by as-Suyūtī in al-Jāmiʿ as-Ṣaghīr, (pp. 301 #4889)
Sayyidunā Usāmah bin Zayd (Allah Almighty is pleased with him) said, “I asked ‘Yā RasūlAllāh ﷺ, I see that you observe fasts more (extensively) in the month of Shaʿbān than any other month.’ Our Master ﷺ replied, “It is a month between Rajab and Ramadan; people are neglectful to it. In this month, the deeds of people are ascended towards Allah Almighty and I love that my deeds be ascended in a state when I am observing fast.”
~ Recorded by Nisā’i in as-Sunan (#2354).
The noble Prophet ﷺ would like observing fasts abundantly in the month of Shaʿbān. Sayyidunā ʿAbdullāh bin Abī Qais (Allah Almighty is pleased with him) has reported that he heard the Mother of Believers Sayyidatunā ʿAyesha Ṣiddīqah (Allah Almighty is pleased with her) saying Shaʿbān was the favourite month of beloved Prophet ﷺ as he used to fast in this month and then extend it up to the blessed month of Ramadan.
~ Transmitted by Abu Dāwūd in as-Sunan (2:476 #2431).
The Mother of Believers Sayyidatunā ʿAyesha Ṣiddīqah (Allah Almighty is pleased with her) said, “The beloved Prophet of Allah ﷺ used to observe fasts on all the days of Shaʿbān.” She further said, “I asked, Yā RasūlAllāh ﷺ! Is Shaʿbān your favourite month for observing fasts?” The beloved Prophet ﷺ replied, “Allah Almighty inscribes the name of every person destined to die in that year and I love that at the time of my passing away I am in the state of fasting.”
~ Transmitted by Abū Yaʿlā in his Musnad (4:277 #4890).
The Mother of Believers ʿAyesha Ṣiddīqah (Allah Almighty is pleased with her) said that the beloved of Allah Almighty would not fast so abundantly in any other month as he would in Shaʿbān, rather he used to fast the whole month and would say, “Act according to your capability as Allah Almighty does not cease His blessings until you become exhausted.”
~ Transmitted by al-Bukhārī in Ṣaḥīḥ (1:648 #1970). Read the rest of this entry »