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Night of 14th Shaban Laylatul Baraa'ah (Urdu Shab-E-Baraat ) part 1
Night of 14th Shaban Laylatul Baraa'ah (Urdu Shab-E-Baraat ) part 2
Night of 14th Shaban Laylatul Baraa'ah (Urdu Shab-E-Baraat ) part 3
Night of 14th Shaban Laylatul Baraa'ah (Urdu Shab-E-Baraat ) Special Dua for this Night part 4
Seeking Allah’s Gaze, Ramadhan/Shab'an -One of the qualities that would prevent us from this blessed gaze
. What is Ghill - Malice/Hatred in the Heart and how it stops the blessings of 15th Shab'ban
Among the preparations that the scholars of Islam have encouraged is preparing our hearts for Allah’s gaze. Baihaqi relates, “When it is the first night of the month of Ramadan, Allah, Mighty and Majestic, gazes to them and the one to whom Allah looks, He does not punish him, ever.” The place to which Allah looks is the heart. So what will Allah see in your and my heart if He were to look to us on the first night of Ramadan?
One of the qualities that would prevent us from this blessed gaze (and from many other opportunities for forgiveness) is malice-Ghill. The Prophet, May Allah bless him and grant him peace, taught us of the Night of Power and the Half Night of Sha’ban that those who harbor Rancor/Malice/hated(Ghill), Mistreat parents, Severe bonds of kinship or Drink are prevented from Allah’s Merciful gaze. Do we want Allah to look to His servants on the first night of Ramadan and overlook us because we are bearing ill will against each other? Is whatever anyone has done to hurt us so important that we can not overlook it in exchange for an opportunity for eternal salvation from Allah’s punishment? What about all of those whom we have wronged? Do we not need Allah’s pardon as well as theirs?
We can purify our hearts in preparation for this gaze from our Merciful, Forgiving Lord and also expose ourselves to an opportunity for His pardon when we need it most, by pardoning His servants. Allah said, “The one who pardons and reconciles his reward is upon Allah;” Quran (42:40). Tabarani relates that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “A caller will call [on the Day of Rising], ‘Let him stand whose reward is upon Allah and let him enter paradise’ Then he will call a second time, ‘Let him stand whose reward is upon Allah and let him enter paradise’ It will be said, ‘Who is the one whose reward is upon Allah, Mighty and Majestic?’ He will say, ‘Those who pardon people.’ Then he will call a third time, ‘Let him stand whose reward is upon Allah and let him enter paradise.’ Then so and so many thousand will stand and enter paradise without reckoning.” Imagine being among that fortunate group and having all of our many sins forgiven and receiving our reward directly from Allah!... for full article
from Kanz an-Najah was-Surur(The Treasures of Success and Happiness) regarding the greatness of Sha‘bān and some of the recommended things to do during this month
Night of 14th Shaban Laylatul Baraa'ah(Urdu Shab-E-Baraat ) - Night Of Salvation
What should be done in this night? PART 1
Ibaadah to be done :- Salaat, Dua And Wazeefa
The Prophet, peace and mercy be upon him, said, “There are five nights in which du’a (supplication) is not rejected:
1. the eve of Rajab,
2. the 14th night of Sha’aban,
3. the eve of Friday,
4-5. on the eve of Eid Al-Fitr, and on the eve of Eid Al-Adha.”
[Al-Suyuti in his Al-Jami'].
Rajab is the month of repentance (istighfar), and
Sha’aban is the month of sending peace and mercy
(salawat/durood shareef ) upon the Prophet, and
Ramadan is the month of Qur’an.
On the Holy Night of 14th Shaban, after Maghrib or Isha prayer it is traditional practice to read Surah Yasin three times, and after each time, read a special du'a with the following intentions:
1st Yasin then 2 rakah Nafil reading the niyyat (intention) for should be for Long life and dua for the same Read Dua Nisf-Shaban As well
2nd Yasin then 2 rakah Nafil reading the niyyat (intention) should be for Protection- Calamities dua for the same
3rd Yasin then 2 rakah Nafil Reading the niyyat (intention) should be for not being needy to anyone except Allah dua for the same
It is very necessary that just as others observe this night, you observe it. To make an invitation to feed people on that night, to remember Allah (swt) and to remember His Prophet (s), and to fast its day and pray its night, will be rewarded for that night and for whoever observes it.
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:
It is good to spend that night praying Salat ul-Khair, which conists of 100 raka'ts, in each raka't reciting Sura al-Fatiha and 10 Surat Ikhlas. To complete the prayer one recites 1000 Sura Ikhlas.
The Night of Bara'ah is a night in which special blessings are directed towards the Muslims. Therefore, this night should be spent in total submission to Allah Almighty, and one should refrain from all those activities which may displease Allah.
Fast of the 15th Sha'ban On the day immediately following the Night of Bara'ah, i.e. the 15th of Sha'ban, it is mustahabb (advisable) to keep fast. Prophet Muhammad (s), is reported to have recommended this fast emphatically. A large number of the predecessors (salaf) of the Ummah have been observing the fast of the 15th of Sha'ban.
Therefore, it is advisable to fast the 15th of Sha'ban as an optional (nafl) fast. One can also keep a fast of qada on this day and it is hoped that he can also benefit from the merits of this fast.
Abu Huraira (may Allah be well pleased with him) reported the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) as saying: Gabriel (peace be upon him) came to me on the night of mid-Sha'ban and said to me: "O Muhammad, raise your head heavenwards!" I asked him: "What night is this?" and he replied: " This is the night when Allah (Glorified is He) opens three hundred of the gates of mercy, forgiving all who do not make anything His partner . The only exceptions are those who practice sorcery or divination, are addicted to wine, or persist in usury and illicit sex; these He does not forgive until they repent."
At a quarter of the night, Gabriel (peace be upon him) came down and said: "0 Muhammad, raise your head!" So I looked up, to behold the gates of Paradise wide open. At the first gate an angel was calling: "Good news for those who bow in worship this night!" At the second gate an angel was calling: "Good news for those who prostrate themselves in worship this night!" At the third gate an angel was calling: "Good news for those who offer supplication this night!" At the fourth gate an angel was calling: "Good news for those who make remembrance this night!" At the fifth gate an angel was calling: "Good news for those who weep this night from fear of Allah!" At the sixth gate an angel was calling: "Good news for those who submit this night!" At the seventh gate an angel was calling: "Will anyone ask, that his request may be granted?" At the eighth gate an angel was calling: "Will anyone seek forgiveness, that he may be forgiven?"
I said: " O Gabriel, how long will these gates remain open?" He replied: "From the beginning of the night until the break of dawn." Then he said: "0 Muhammad, tonight Allah has as many slaves emancipated from the Fire as the number of woolly hairs on the flocks and herds ofKalb."
Most extracts taken from the Ghawth-Al-A'zam Sayyid Abdul Qadir Gilani-Book al-Ghunya li-Talibi
Complied by Muhammad Sajad Ali Qadiri