Channel: Ali Albarghouthi
Why is the month of Shaban important? And what should Muslims do in it and learn from it? We discuss here what distinguishes this Islamic month and what Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him used to do in it. We also explore its connection to Ramadan and a process of change that we can launch in our lives.
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All praise belongs to Allah the Most High we thank him seek His elven aid. And we ask him that he forgives us and we seek His refuge from the evil of ourselves in the sins that we commit. Indeed, whomsoever Allah guides, no one can lead lead astray. And whomsoever Allah leads astray, no one can guide by bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship except Allah alone. Then Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is a slave and messenger. The best of speech is the book of Allah. And the best of guidance is the guidance of Mohammed salallahu alayhi wa sallam, and the words the religious matters are those that are innovated and every religious innovation is a bit and every bit
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He said sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in a violent inviolable direction. He says, Do good your entire days all of your days.
And also take advantage of the times when the winds of the mercy of Allah are blowing. For indeed there are times when the winds are the mercy of Allah who will be blowing and that wind is going to reach whomever Allah wants it to reach
and ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to hide and conceal your sins and to come and secure your fears.
So let us try together to understand this advice from the Prophet sallallahu wasallam
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Your days, this point to something that Allah subhanho wa Taala loves, which is that the Muslims continue to stay true to the religion of Allah subhanho wa Taala throughout their days through their ups and downs, when they're the man is high and when there is low, they continue to cling to the religion of Allah subhanho wa Taala and there is a minimum that they do not forsake.
They do not leave. And they have this constancy in the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And the Prophet tells us a lot of you have gulamali a lie in
the most beloved type of deeds in the sight of Allah subhanho wa Taala what what type of deeds, he says the more continuous ones, even if they are little, as long as they are continuous. Allah subhanho wa Taala loves it more than internal types of action that are interrupted though they may be a lot, or immense. And that was the character of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam Ken, Emmylou Dena, he will say his actions were continuous if he did something where you started to do something, he would continue to do it, and he would hate to interrupt it. If there's a sin of prayer that he prays, he would make sure that he would continue to pray it and not interrupted. If there is a
charity that he gives, he would make sure that he would continue to do it, and would not interrupt that ad because this is something that Allah subhana wa Taala loves. And why is that the case you think about it,
because this demonstrates your fidelity to Allah subhanho wa Taala. This demonstrates your commitment. It's not a seasonal type of worship. It's not an interrupted type of worship, but every time that you do it, compare it to someone who gives $1,000 in one month, and someone who gives $10 every month of the year, the one who gives it every month of the year, though it is little, but every time that he or she gives it, it expresses their commitment to Allah subhanho wa Taala recommitment to the sada the proximity to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this type of action is the best and most effective in purifying the self and in reforming the body and in bringing results. So
if you want results in your life in whatever you are doing, call it dour, calling seeking knowledge, call it even you know developing a project project not necessarily religious but as a general rule, whatever is continuous but persistent, will bring more results than something that you start and then interrupt and stop and come back to it again. So this is what Allah subhanho wa Taala loves. And if a person if a Muslim wants to die as Muslim, they have
to do their good, a Yama, Daddy come in every day.
And if you're able to do that, there is another step that the Prophet sallallahu Sallam talks about. He says what the Buddha never had to commit the law. And then take advantage expose yourself to the mercy that Allah Subhana Allah sends to you like the wind. So if you are ready, if every day you're worshiping Allah subhanho wa Taala there will be time, special time special occasions, where Allah will bless that day, that moment that month, more of the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala is blowing then, and there are two types of them. There is the personal one, and there is the general one. The personal one is like what,
one days you find yourself lazy. You don't have feeling you don't have the motivation to do a lot. But some other day subpanel Ah, some other days you find yourself motivated. You want to do something good. You want to pray, you want to go to the masjid, you find that you're interested in giving charity or interested in giving Dawa. This is a window of mercy that Allah subhana wa Taala is sending to you and at your heart. So Allah of Prophet sallallahu Sallam says when you see it, sees it, coming to you for Allah subhanaw taala don't ignore it. Don't brush it aside don't say later. Take advantage of it. As the sailor who's on the ship when he finds that the wind is blowing
to his direction. He raises sales immediately or raise your sales to take advantage of that when in the same way you find Allah subhanaw taala is opening a door of good It wasn't there before, but it's opening a door Good for you. There is a window of mercy that Allah subhanho wa Taala is sending your way.
And one of those special times is the month of Shabbat
and the Prophet sallallahu wasallam emphasized
and reflected that in his action. emphasize the importance of launch of the Shaban and demonstrated that is action.
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observe something to the Prophet Sall Allahu Allah you are you are seldom. And he says yeah rasulillah any arakata Sufi Shabbat, Morocco Sufi Ray says the Prophet of Allah I see you now he's absorbing him and observing him over a long period. Right? So notice over a long period, what is he doing? What is he not doing? When is he fasting? What is he not fasting? So he says prophet of Allah and notice here, that when the month of Shaban comes you fast more often in that month than any other month. Why is that the case? The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that kashia homebuying Raja vino Ramadan yaku unholiness. This is a month that is located between Raja and
Shabana and most people don't pay attention to it to FAU de la Ilaha as our agenda, the actions the reports of our deeds are raised up to Allah subhana wa Tada. So hey boo, family fee or an outside. So I would love that when my right actions are being raised to Allah when Allah is receiving them that I'd be fasting at that moment.
So here the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is telling us that there's something special about the month of Shaban, but most of us don't pay attention to it. Most of us ignore it. So what is special about the month of Shabbat?
He said, this is the time when your deeds are being raised to Allah subhana wa tada and who has the habit of the prophets a lot, a lot he was setting them whenever the deeds are being raised to Allah, whatever the books of our records, what we have done, are being raised to Allah he would love to fast. So they are raised every Monday and Thursday. This is the weekly report
of what we do good and bad. The rays every Monday and Thursday, so we fast salon
and then the annual report when it is raised to Allah subhanho wa Taala happens in the month of Shabbat.
So every Shabbat whatever we've done in that here will be taken up to Allah subhanho wa Taala. A lot is asked here two quick questions. Why do we need or why is there a need for a book or a record of deeds? When Allah Subhana Allah knows everything somebody might ask. And this reflects the justice of Allah subhanho wa Taala because on the Day of Judgment, Allah Who is the judge can judge us based on his knowledge of what we have done, and ally is the most judging he can do that and he has the ability to do it. But in a court of law, let's say Allah subhana wa Taala wants there to be independent evidence and dependent testimony. Not only based on what Allah knows that you have done
what what you know, that you have done, but someone else who will testify. So Allah subhanho wa Taala will bring the records and say this is an angel, what recorded everything that you have said in everything that you have done, this is not for me, but this is the angel who is saying all of that male film and Colin Illallah de hiraki bonati Whatever you say, there is a rocky who's watchful of everything that you say it prepared for that action, honest and has the ability to record all of it.
And even the non believers are going to reject that. And Allah subhanho wa Taala the most just will make their limbs and their bodies to testify. hatakeyama Ohashi Allah himself
when they will come on that day. They're hearing their sight and their skin will testify against them. What did you do the Amina Shaheed Marlena on Panama, they will ask their skin, why did you testify against us? Why do you speak against us? In other words, we were trying to protect you. And they will say Allah subhana wa Taala who has the ability to make everything speak He is the one who made us speak.
So this is independent testimony that is raised to Allah subhanho wa Taala. The second quick question is, why did the prophets a lot he was in love too fast at that moment, we can say and Allah knows best.
That this is a time where you would want from Allah subhanho wa Taala to accept your deeds and to forgive your sins. This is what they're being reviewed. And the prophets a lot of them wanted to be in the most humble of position and states the fasting person so that in hope that Allah subhana wa tada will look at that person at that time and what they have done and forgive their sins. Look at them at that time and their humility there Myskina in front of Allah subhanho wa Taala and accept their deeds. So it's a very sensitive time. That's why the Prophet sallallahu wasallam wanted to be fasting at that moment.
So it was his habit to fast and I shall be alone and he
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And there's also one other thing important about the month of Shaban.
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He said, Allah subhana wa deinem looks at his creation, and the night of the middle of Shabbat.
And he forgives all of them, except two kinds of people, a Muslim person who committed ship, and mushiya had a person who has hatred in his heart toward his brothers or sisters.
So just north of shaba. And also in addition, that it is the month where the actions are being raised to Allah, it's also a month of forgiveness, on one particular night, where Allah will look at all of his creation, and forgiveness will be granted to all of them, but you have to be free from anything from two things. The first one is the guilt or the offense of shame.
So for someone is guilty of that, then the forgiveness of Allah subhanaw taala will not teach them. And what's why it is important in preparation for the month of Ramadan, and preparation really for the month of Shabbat to go back to ourselves and say, do we understand that the heat of Allah subhanho wa Taala? And do we understand what ship is the ship that can be committed with the heart, the ship that can be committed with the tongue and with the hand and with the rest of the body? Do we understand it because if we are guilty of it, we will be deprived of the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala on that night.
And the other thing that will prevent it and notice how these two offenses really ruin two types of relationship should ruins that relationship between you and Allah subhanho wa Taala
and hatred ruins the relationship between you and other people.
So this, Shanna that we have in our hearts towards other people, towards other Muslims, for no good reason for no religious reason. But for the hell of for our desire for world The reasons ashiana and hatred that is a result of envy shanann hatred that reads into boycotting other people not talking to them not giving them Salaam, months and months will pass without even talking to them or looking at them their direction.
speaking ill of them even that type of that type of relationship. Allah subhanho wa Taala when he finds it,
he will not forgive the people who aren't guilty of it.
And that's why in preparation for the month of Shabbat, this hadith is teaching us something that is important.
Fix your relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala
and fix your relationship with other people as well.
Forgive if they have done something to wrong you you need to do that forgive them. And they committed any offence if they said something about you. And Allah Subhana Allah says, Allah,
Allahu Allah. Allah says, forgive, forget, find excuses to for people. Don't you love that Allah will forgive your sins. That is in response to this is this is the equation, this is the balance. You love that Allah subhana wa Taala people gives you overlooks your mistakes, finds excuses for you, but we're not doing the same when it comes to the last creation. So Allah subhanho wa Taala is saying if you want to be like this for you, why don't you be like that towards other people
are rahmanir Hama Hama, Hama, in hammelmann, fill out the accompaniment is Emma, it's the same type of relationship, the Merciful, Allah will be merciful with Be merciful with people on this route and Allah will be merciful with you. It's that type of relationship, reciprocal relationship. If you're good to other people, Allah will be good towards you.
Measure the law, when Eliza we think sometimes that if I forgive so and so, that is a mere humiliating position that it will I will take he has to apologize, she has to apologize may have to come to me. That's not the case Allah the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says that when you forgive, Allah will elevate you, Allah will honor you. So we have to forgive each other. We have to stop that envy that spreads between each other misunderstandings, doubts all of that we need to eradicate it as we approach that 15 nights of the month.
chabanne hoping that when Allah subhana wa Taala will look at us we will find that we have repented from any ship that we have committed. And we have repented from any wrong that we have done towards other people and then that we can receive the Rama from Allah subhanho wa Taala and his forgiveness a whole
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In addition to what we talked about so far,
that the month of Shabbat is a month of fasting. This is from the Sunnah of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa he was sending them and that is also a month of forgiveness. The scholars of Islam when they're looking at it, as a holy said, also it's a month of preparation for the month of Ramadan.
And some of the stuff I've said something that is very beautiful. They said shadow Raja carry.
Russia who Shabana campaign was shot Ravana kal makara. They say the month of Rajab is like the wind starting to blow and the month of Shaban is like the clouds being gathered together by that wind, and the month of Ramadan is when it rains.
And someone else that something that could even be more profound because it involves action on our part. It says, shall Raja shadow
shadow shadow shadow or shadow Ramadan a shadow Hassan. This is the month of Raja is when you plant the seeds in the ground
and the month of Shaban is when you water those seeds and the month of Ramadan is when you start harvesting.
So you understand here that there is a progression there is an ascendancy there is a preparation that is taking place that the center wrote one line at a time they didn't just wait till the month of Ramadan happens and they start
but they take advantage of the months that precede. So Southern them used to call the month of Shaban Shahada
the month of the reciters of the Quran. So when it starts they start reading the Quran more intensively.
They pay more attention to it so that by the time that the month of Ramadan comes they have more of a tolerance to do more in it so you don't start harvesting or you don't start planting and then watering and harvesting in one month. Because by the time that you want to harvest in the month of Ramadan it's the last days of Ramadan.
But if you want to take advantage true advantage of the month of Ramadan, you start preparing for it. And this is what the month of Rajab is for and the month of Shabbat is for you want to fast in the month of Ramadan, so you start fasting in the month of Shabbat A lot of it or most of it or some of it preparing yourself mentally and physically. For some people. It will be the first time that the fast this is a great time for them to get accustomed to uh, to get into the rhythm of it. You want to start to read the Koran.
You don't want to just pick it up on the first night or the first day of Ramadan but you want to build tolerance. How much of it Do you want to read? How much of it Do you want to accomplish? So that goal in mind you start planning for it in Java? I want to finish the Quran once, twice, three times maybe more than that. You start building
towards that in the month of Shaban so that when the month of Shaban ready, you're the month of Ramadan comes you also are ready.
And we don't wait.
And we don't waste not a day of Ramadan, not a moment of Ramadan. If Allah subhanho wa Taala had given us the insight and had taught us and this is a great name of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Just imagine
if he is allowed, he was in a Buddha told us about the month of Shaban, we would not know anything about it, it would pass it would come and go like it's any other month. But he taught us and he informed us and he enlightened us. And after he had enlightened us food has to be different with us. We shouldn't act as if we do not know. Now we know that there's something special about it. Now we know what he used to do in it. So we don't have to do that or should not act as if we are ignorant of it.
It has to be reflected in our actions. And there's also a final benefit I would like to add here, which is that
when you focus on what Allah subhana wa tada and His Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had instructed us to do, they will be sufficient for us. And there would be no need for us to turn towards other actions, other deeds, other occasions that are innovated, we do not need to add anything to it. And what happens with a lot of us to panela is that we forget about what the prophets always in amused to do and what he used to honor or what did he used to do, and we should go and seek other days, other occasions, other types of worship, and we start doing that, thinking that that brings us closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Right.
So some people start honoring the 15th day of Shabbat with all sorts of festivals, and honors and prayers and to us, and none of that is reported from the prophets of Allah to you it was enough. And if it was such a good deed, such a good action, the Prophet would have done it, the Prophet would have guided us to it. But what did he say about that day? This is what you have to pay attention to. What did he say about that day, it says pay attention to these grade two offenses because if you have them, Allah will not forgive you. cleanse yourself from ship and cleanse yourself from hatred in your heart, so that you can receive the mercy of Allah subhanaw taala and his forgiveness. When
you focus on that then you have succeeded. When you focus on what the prophet directs you then you have saved yourself but what happens with us is that we ignore what he did we ignore his sin Salalah UID we send them and we start seeking some other actions.
And that is not how Muslims should be.
That's not how a Muslim acts. So brothers and sisters, I would like to remind myself and you
that if you seek and if you want to do something in the month of Ramadan, start thinking about it today. What have you done in the past Ramadan? And what do you want to do in this next one, and as your deeds are being grazed to Allah subhana wa Taala feel it, feel that Ally's looking at all of them and ask Allah subhana wa Tada, y'all accepted that I have done and protect me from the evil that I have done. And allow me now for the next year because they are now your book of deeds is going to start writing for the next year, beginning with Ramadan is going to start writing your law allow me for the next year to start a new page to start a new direction to be better than the last
year. And that can only happen
through praying to Allah subhanho wa Taala and then asking him to give you the power and determination to change and to be better to start planning. And if you want to do anything in Ramadan, start planting the seeds and start watering those seeds from today. so that by the time that you meet Allah subhanho wa Taala but by then that you see Allah Subhana Allah as blessings in Ramadan, you can take as much of them as you can see, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala the most high and the most merciful to make us of those who take advantage of the months before Ramadan. Allah help us to be of those who passed in the month of Shabbat he Allah cleanse our bodies and hearts
from sharing your love protect us from all ships that which we know about and that we know your law protects us from all ships that which we know about and that we treat which we do not know about. Your law protects us from all ships that which we know about and that which we do not know about your law cleanse our hearts from any hatred towards other Muslims your love for cleanse our hearts from Eddie Jana and Baba towards other Muslims you know Allah protect our hearts from any Shanna and Baba towards other Muslims. You Allah make us of those who are forgiven and you are merciful with within the month of Shabbat. Allah make us of those whom when you look at their book of deeds, you
accept the good that is in them and you forgive the mistakes that are there. And Allah help us a lot to take advantage of the month of Ramadan and to start preparing for it from now. Allah help us to start preparing for the month of Ramadan from now and make use of those who are successful in it and make use of those who are saved from Hellfire in it and make use of those who are accepted and world are admitted into paradise in it alone. inessa lucasmoura Kula wanna Oh to becoming a Sheree Cooley Vanessa Luca Jen Natoma Cordoba in a common cold environment to becoming an
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