Ok, I know everybody already knows this stuff…but this is for my own personal reinforcement. Not only that, but I am in practically the last time zone on Earth (at least from most of my readers anyhow), and thus most of you are already well into your devotions for this auspicious night, inshallah.
So tonight in the 15th night of the Islamic month of Sha’ban; also know as Shabbe Baraat and Laylatul Bara’ah, or Night of Freedom from Fire. A hadith narrated by Aisha Radiallahu Anha states that Rasullullah Sallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said,
This is the night of the half of Sha’ban. Allah Almighty looks upon His slaves in this night and forgives those who seek forgiveness and bestows His mercy upon those who pray for mercy but keeps those who have malice (against a Muslim) as they were before (and does not forgive them unless they relieve themselves from malice).
Another Hadith narrated by Aisha Radiallahu Anha reports that the Prophet Sallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said
Allah Almighty descends (in a manner He best knows it) in the night occuring in the middle of Sha’ban and forgives a large number of people more than the number of the fibres on the sheep of the tribe of Kalb.”
Kalb being a large tribe with a very large number of sheep, thus indicating the number of people whom Allah will grant forgiveness to.
What do we do in observance of this night, to gain maximum benefit? After all, one can never have too much forgiveness from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala!
We should remain awake for as much of the night as possible, and most preferably the second half of this night, spending our wakefulness on different kinds of ibaadah (worship):
- Salaah: The most preferable act for this night; with no particular number of Rak’at, but at least eight Rak’at is desirable. The qiyam, rukoo’, and sajdah should be longer than what we normally do in daily prayers, with the reciting of the longer surahs of the Qur’an that are memorized (or several shorter surahs per rak’at if longer surahs are not remembered.)
- Reciting of the Qur’an, as much as one can.
- Dhikr (recitation of the name of Allah), particularly the following dhikr:
- Subhanallah wal Hhamdulillah wa laailaha illallahu wallahu akbar wa laa Hawla wa laa Quwwata illaa billaahil ‘Aliyull ‘Azeem.
- Prayer and supplication for all your needs, for yourself, your loved ones, and the Ummah.
- Prayers should be done in solitary, with no interference and disruptions to come in the way of our communication with our Creator. The Prophet Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam would perform his devotion on this night in complete seclusion, not even accompanied by his favorite wife Aisha Radiallahu Anha, and his way is what we should strive for.
I hope you all have (or have had) a very blessed night. Please remember me and mine in your duaas. Shukran!
Source: Keys to the Treasures of Jannah; 3rd Print; ICRA Printers