Maulidur Rasul 1 Syaaban
What a way to start off my Syaaban by going for a Maulid. :)))
And what better greeting could there be by seeing my Original Spiritual Comrade there?!! We did not plan and for some amazing reason, we both forgot to tell the other that we were going for a maulid when usually we would inform the other.
And and and we celebrated our first anniversary! Haha. My Original Spiritual Comrade and I knew each other before but we never really talked much until last year Syaaban. Since then, we’ve been, in her words, chopsticks. Heh. Until she got married of course and then she says we’re now like kebab sticks. (Kononnye a bit further away la.) Haha. What a joy she is.
And so there we were, sitting and crying together. :) She’s probably the person I’m most comfortable with when it comes to crying hehe. Such a blessed start to an equally blessed month alhamdulillah. I hope this only signals good things to come this month. InsyaAllah.
The maulid was fantastic. Ustaz Omar Maulana was really a great host. Has a beautiful smile and a beautiful voice to boot too. Anyone who manages to make me cry with regards to Allah SWT and His Prophet SAW is a lovely person. Haha. May Allah bless him and his family and help him to continue inspiring others and to raise his rank and to give him goodness in this world and in the next. Amin.
Since its Syaaban, here’s some stuff that will hopefully be of benefit insyaAllah.
The merit of fasting in the month of Syaaban can be judged from the following narratives:
‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) did not observe fast in any month of the year more than in the month of Syaaban, and used to say: Do as many deeds as you are capable of doing, for Allah will not become weary (of giving you reward), but you would be tired (of doing good deeds) ; and he also said: The deed liked most by Allah is one to which the doer adheres constantly even if it is small.
The Prophet would fast most of the month of Syaaban. ‘Aishah said: “I never saw the Messenger of Allah fast a complete month save for Ramadan, and I have never seen him fast more in a month than he did in Syaaban.” This is related by al-Bukhari and Muslim.
Usamah ibn Zaid inquired: “O Messenger of Allah, I never find you fasting in any month like you do during the month of Syaaban.” The Prophet responded: “That is a month the people neglect. It comes between Rajab and Ramadan. It is a month in which the deeds are raised to the Lord of the Worlds. I love that my deeds be raised while I am fasting.” This is related by Abu Dawud, an-Nasa’i, and by Ibn Khuzaimah in his Sahih.
However it is also reported that the Prophet (s.a.w.) advised people to not fast after half the month of Syaaban had gone by and in another narrative to not fast in the one or two days preceding Ramadan:
The blessed Companion Abu Hurairah, Radi-Allahu anhu, reports Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, to have said, “Do not fast after the first half of the month of Sha’ban is gone.”
“Do not precede the month of Ramadan with one or two fasts.”
The Prophet probably advised this so that we experience no deficiency in strength when fulfilling our obligation of fasting in Ramadan, for fasting in the days before can cause people to loose strength and not be feel fresh for the fasts of Ramadan.
It is said by scholars that it is not encouraged to fast after 15th Syaaban but it is permissible to fast after the 15th of Syaaban for those who fast regularly, such as those who fast Mondays and Thursdays on a regular basis or for those who have to repay their fast (qadha’). If it is fasting without any particular intention, it is then makruh.
In a Hadith narrated by Imam Ahmad, Rasulullah s.a.w has stated that when it is the middle of Syaaban, one should stop fasting. Scholars have differed with regards to what hukum this Hadith entails. A number of them have regarded this Hadith as weak. Another group of scholars have accepted this Hadith and are of the opinion that fasting after Nisfu Syaaban is makruh, with the exception of those who are fasting regularly throughout the year, such as fasting on Mondays and Thursdays, and it is also permissible for those who have to repay their past year’s fast (qadha’).
Nisfu Syaaban is a clear indicator that the blessed month of Ramadan is around the corner. One can fast as many as days as one likes before Nisfu Syaaban. But after Nisfu Syaaban, the 15th Syaaban, one should not fast, except for those who are used to fast on certain days, every Mondays and Thursdays for example as mentioned above.
In general here are some guidelines about fasting for those who want to observe sunat or voluntary fasting. The recommended days to fast are:
- 6 days in Syawal.
- In Rejab and Syaaban.
- The first 9 days of Zulhijjah.
- 10 Muharram.
- On Mondays and Thursdays.
- On the 13, 14 and 15 (lunar calendar aka qamariyyah) of each month.
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