Recommendation to fast in the last three days of Sh'abaan
The month of Sh'aban is an auspicious month linked to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.w.). The Holy Prophet used to fast in this month and join it to Shahru Ramadhan. Sh'aban is now drawing to a close and Shahru Ramadhan is about to commence, InshAllah.
Herebelow are hadith for fasting in Sh'aban especially the last three days of Sh'aban:
- Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.w.) has said "Sha'ban is my month, whoever fasts one day of Sha'ban, heaven becomes his right."
- Our sixth holy Imam J'afar Sadiq (a.s.) reports that Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.w.) has said that Sh'aban is my month and Ramadhan is Shahrullah (the month of Allah). If one observes a day of fasting during Sh'aban, I will do his/her shafa'at on the day of judgment, and if one observes two days of fasting then his/her previous sins would be forgiven and if one observes three days of fasting then it would be just like all the sins have been washed away.
- It is reported in a hadith that the skies are decorated on every Thursday of Sh'aban. Then the angels say "O our Lord! Forgive one who has observed fast on this day and accept his supplications."
- Our eighth Holy Imam Ali Ridha (a.s.) has said that if one observes fast during the last three days of Sh'aban and joins them with that of the month of Ramadhan, then Allah(SWT) will record (in his book of deeds) the thawab equivalent for two months of continuous fasting.
Therefore let us try to fast in these last days of Sh'aban and earn great thawab.
Recommended Dua for the last days of Sh'abaan:
"......During the few days that are left in this month, continuously recite:
اللّهُمَّ إنْ لَمْ تَكُنْ غَفَرْتَ لَنَا فِيمَا مَضَى مِنْ شَعْبَان فَاغْفِرْ لَنَا فِيمَا بَقِيَ مِنْهُ.
Allahumma in lam takun ghafarta lana fi maa madhaa min Sh'abaan, faghfir lana fi maa baqiya minhu
("O' Allah! If you have not forgiven us (our sins) in that which has passed of this (month of) Sha'baan, then forgive us (our sins) in the period that is remaining (of the month of Sha'baan)."
Since Allah the Most High, out of His respect for the month of Ramadhan will release a large number of people from the hell fire." Imam Ali Ridha (a.s.)
Request you to kindly remember me and my family in your duas.
Fazle Abbas Datoo
Wessex Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat