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f:833 -    What to do in Shabaan
Country : India,
Name : Shaukat Ali
Question:     Shabaan has come.  What should we do in this month? How should we prepare for Ramadhan? What would the Sahabah do in this month?  Please clarify.

Answer:     Shabaan is a month of worship and remembrance of Allah Most High.

There is a Hadith in Al Ghunya Lit Talibi Li Tareeqil Haqqi, Vol. 1, Pg. No. 188 with its chain of authority:

Translation: It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Anas Bin Malik (May Allah be well pleased with him) that when the Companions (Sahabah) of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) would see the moon for Shabaan, they would keep the Holy Quran close to their bosoms and busy themselves in its recitation.  Muslims would take out the Zakaat of their wealth, so that the needy would take it and have strength to fast in Ramadhan.  the officers of the government would summon the prisoners and would enforce the punishment of the Shariah on those who deserved and set free those who didn’t.  The businessmen would fulfill their rights on others and take what was outstanding.  When they would see the moon for Ramadhan, then they would bathe and perform Itikaaf.  

And Allah Most High knows best.

Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri,

[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]
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