Deeds are Presented to Allah during Sha’baan


Deeds are Presented to Allah during Sha’ban

Usamah ibn Zayd (may Allah be pleased with him) said,” I asked the messenger of Allah a
question. I asked why do you fast in Sha’ban more than any other month? He (peace and
blessings be upon him) replied saying;  People are negligent between Rajab and Ramadan. During
Shý baan the deeds are presented to the Lord of all the worlds. Therefore I desire to be fasting
when my deeds are lifted.”

Collected by Ahmed ( 5/200) , An-Nisaýi (2357), Al-Bayhaqee in Shýb Al-Eman (3820) and Ibn
Abee Shaybah in his Musanaf (9765). Shaykh Al-Albani (may Allah rest him in Jannah) and
Muhammad Adam (may Allah preserve him)both graded this hadeeth as Hasan

Benefits  taken from :Thakiratul ‘Uqbah fee Sharhul Mujtabah. An Explanation of Sunnan An-
Nisa’i written by Muhammad Adam Al-Ethopia. [Vol 21 page 266-268.]  Shaykh Muhammad

**         (Usamah ibn Zayd ) ibn Haaratha ibn Sharaheel Al-Kalbee. He died in Madinah in 54
Hijrah. He was 75 years old at the time of his death.

**        (negligent between Rajab and Ramadan.)Means and Allah knows best- The people used to
perform extra worship during those two months, and during Shaýban they were lax.

**    (During Sha’ baan the deeds are lifted to the lord of all the worlds.) Good deeds should be
performed during Shaýban. One of the best deeds is fasting.

(Therefore I desire to be fasting when my deeds are lifted.) As-Shaykh Walideen (may Allah have
mercy upon him) said,” If you ask, What does this mean? It is written in Bukhari and Muslim that
the deeds of the servant for the night are lifted to Allah before the day. And the deeds for the
day are lifted before the night?

I say there are two possible answers for this question:

1.      The deeds of the servant are displayed to Allah daily.  The weekly deeds are presented to
Allah on Mondays and Thursdays.  The yearly deeds are presented to Allah in Sha’ban. Hence
deeds are presented to The Most Merciful one after the other. There is wisdom behind deeds
being presented to Allah in this fashion; whoever wants to ponder over this can.  And if Allah
wills the servant will understand why this happens; otherwise he won’t. And the wisdom will
remain with Allah. Allah sees, hears and knows everything.

2.      Daily deeds are presented to The All-Knowing daily in detail and weekly deeds are
presented in general to Allah. And Allah knows best.

Translated by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Lamont Battle

Doha, Qatar. 6/8/1429



Fasting during the month of Sha`baan

Sha`baan is the month before Ramadan .
Aa’isha said: “I have never seen the Messenger of Allah, salla Allahu alaihi wa salam, completing the fast of a month as he did for Ramadhan, and I have never seen him fasting so much as he would in Sha`baan.” [al-Bukhari and Muslim]

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