15 Shaaban - Significant of Praying On This Night
  • Question:

    Is it important for us to pray on the night of 15 Shaaban (shab-barat)? Do we have to read Surah Yaseen on this day for our the duration of our lives?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    As far as the 15th Night of Sha’abān is concerned, some scholars are of the view that, this is a blessed night. One should render additional acts of optional worship and good deeds during this night.

    Shaykh Fadhl al Raḥmān Al A’azamī writes;

    “An overview of the various narrations regarding this night lends credence to the acceptability of the virtue of this night. The reason being that although these narrations are weak, they are numerous and narrated by a number of Companions. Some are such, that not much criticism has been levied at their chain of narrators. Imam Ibn Ḥibbān has included some of these narrations in his 'Ṣaḥīḥ" and Ḥāfidh Mundhirī has remarked regarding the chain of some, that the chain is acceptable. Therefore, according to the principle of the professors of ḥadīth (muḥaddithīn), the excellence of the night of Barā'ah (15th of Sha’abān) is proven from a conjunction of all these narrations. This is the general consensus of the professors of ḥadīth and Islamic jurists, and this is correct. Even Imām Ibn Taymīyyah, a scholar notorious for refuting such things, also accepts the virtue of the night of Barā'ah. He says, 'So many narrations and reports exist, regarding the excellence of the fifteenth night of Sha’abān that one is compelled to accept that this night does possess some virtue.' Some of the pious predecessors used to specially devote this night for ritual prayer. - Faydhul Qadīr”

    That being said, if someone revers this night and engages in optional worship, it will be praise worthy. However, there is no blame or reprimand for one who may not wish to observe the significance of the 15th of Sha’abān.

    Also worthy to note is that there is no specific recitation or practice for this night.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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