NEWS \ Thursday 17 October 2002
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Concerning the Islaamic Hijree date of 15th Sha'baan the Imaam, the 'Allaamah Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah) was asked:

We see some people specifying the 15th of Sha'baan with particular supplications and reciting the Qur.aan and performing naafilah prayers. So what is the correct position concerning this, and may Allaah reward you with good?

He responded as follows:

That which is correct is that fasting the 15th of Sha'baan or specifying it with reciting (the Qur.aan) or making (particular) supplications has no basis.

So the day of the 15th of Sha'baan is like any other 15th day of other months.

So from that which is known is that it has been legislated for a person to fast the 13th, 14th and 15th of every month, however, Sha'baan is characterised unlike the other months in that (except for Ramadhaan) the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) used to fast more in Sha'baan than any other month.

So he used to either fast all of Sha'baan or just a little.

Therefore, as long as it does not cause difficulty for a person, it is befitting to increase in fasting during Sha'baan in adherence to the example of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam).

Please note, amongst the innovators the date of 15 Sha'baan 1423 (Monday 21 October 2002) has been allocated for their innovative practices...wAllaahul-Musta'aan

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