Remove Hatred From Heart To Be Forgiven At The Blessed Night Of 15th Of Sha’ban | Important | Shaykh Omar Suleiman

Sha’ban in the Arabic language refers to anything that is placed between two significant things and so by virtue of the significance of the two things that’s placed between people lose sight of its importance and so Sha’ban being placed between Rajab and Ramadan like a valley … a valley separates two plots of land to significant pieces of land. So Sha’ban gets lost in between rajab and Ramadan and certainly that has spiritual significance as Well. from historical perspective Shaban is also the month in which ramadan was legislated. Allah (swt) revealed that the month of Ramadan is the month in which guidance was revealed to the prophet salallahu alaihe wasalam. And in fact, of course the month of Revelation to all of the prophets of the past, before if you read surahtul Bakarah the verses of fasting were referring to …. to some specified days that were mandatory for the muslims and then once Ramadan came those days became … they became voluntary days of fasting.

so Sha’ban is virtuous in that the second year after Hijra The month of Ramadan was legislated in the month of Shaban and the second thing is that it’s the same month in which the Qibla was switched from Jerusalem to Mecca and that had an important significance on the …. that was very significant to the psyche of the Muslims that had just dealt with the Hijra. Just dealt With the migration and as they had left Mecca and long to Mecca, including the prophet salallahu alaihe wasalam, Allah azzawajal turned their faces towards Mecca in a way that allowed them to connect in a beautiful way. So these two things happened in the first Sha’ban in the time of the Prophet (saw) with its spiritual significance.

So what are some of its virtues? number one It’s a month of fasting and typically people Lose sight of the fasting in this month because again, we’re thinking about Ramadan Ayesha (ra) she says that the prophet sallallahu wasallam used to fast until one would say that he would never stop fast and then he would have banned in fasting until one would say that he would never fast, meaning that generally speaking in the life of the prophet salallahu alaihe wasalam, he would fast these long periods of time and you would think that he was never going to stop fasting and then as the prophet (saw) would not fast any of the voluntary days or any days outside of the periods of fasting to where he thought he would never fast against them. She says (ra) I never saw the prophet salallahu alaihe wasalam fast and entire month outside of Ramadan and the prophet (saw) specifically expressed a love for fasting that month. It was a mohaba, it was a desire that he had to fast that month as an another narration, ayesha (ra) she said that the most beloved of months for the month in which the messenger of Allah Love To Fast more than anything else was Sha’ban indeed. He used to join it to Ramadan, now used to join its ramadan here means it was as if, it was as if it was connected to Ramadan, because of the amount of fasting that the prophet salallahu alihi wasalam would do in that month of Shaban.

So it was as if it was connected to ramadan as the prophet (saw) Continued from fasting the majority of the month of Shaban to fasting all of Ramadan. Now the question becomes why what is the wisdom? How much of Sha’ban should we fast? What are some other practices that we can take undertaking Sha’ban and what are some things that relate to us specifically in this time in the coronavirus era as where, you know, generally speaking quarantines and not able to go out and do the things that we would typically do. So the first thing we take is from A question that the prophet (saw) was asked directly about why he fasted Sha’ban so much and understanding the why of Shaban helps us understand how we should structure our fasting accordingly… Usama ibn Zayd (ra) He says that I asked the prophet salallahu alaihe wasalam Why is it that you fast more in Shaban than any other month? I have seen you and you just you’re fasting this entire month it seems but though you’re practicing that you’re not preaching of its virtues to the companions. So why is it yeah Rasullah that you seemed to give this month so much importance and he said sallallahu wasallam that this is a month that people neglect between rajab and Ramadan, a month that most people have become heedless, people don’t recognize the importance of this month because it’s lost between rajab and Ramadan and he said salallahu alaihe wasalam, it is a month in which The actions are presented. The Deeds are presented to the lord of the worlds. So I love that my actions would be presented to the lord of the worlds while I am in a state of fasting. So this is a powerful Hadith and it gives us two layers to really unpack about the gems of this month of the Shaban , scholars mentioned that the times to compete for Allah’s pleasure most are the times in which Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala is most forgotten. The times that the . ….people of Excellence seek to compete for Allah’s pleasure to really stand out are the times that most people are neglectful of Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala and his rights upon them. And so that’s when you compete for Allah’s pleasure, when everyone when everyone else is in is heedless. And so, you know, there are times when everyone is doing Ibadah, everyone is doing acts of worship and then there are times when most people are not and so that’s what makes For example the night prayers So special, most people are sleeping and there you are standing up in front of your lord and saying yeah Allah here I am presenting myself to you. And so these are the times most people do everything but ibadah, and so your Worship in these times in particular shows that you really want the pleasure of Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala.***** mentions another wisdom of the fasting of Shaban. He said that one of the things that it does is that it takes away the hardship of fasting and leaves only the sweetness of it for the time of Ramadan. This is a beautiful thing. after the 15th of Shaban Now that Hadith is not as authentic but there is an authentic Hadith where the prophet (saw) do not proceed Ramadan with one or two days of Shaban exhausting. So don’t fast the last day or two meaning the 29th or the 30th. or the 28th and 29th of Sha’ban as you go into ramadan. Now this Hadith has to be reconciled with another Hadith where the Prophet (saw) asked ***** these days of Sha’ban, pick some days and fast in Sha’ban and make it a means of connecting to Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala in a special way between you and him. the Fifteenth of Sha’ban What is the virtue of this night with there’s a narration, ibn Abbas (ra) frequently quoted it lailatul barat, the day that we are freed from the Hellfire, a very weak opinion by the way , Ikram (Rah) he said that it’s LLaylat al-Qadr that’s very weak because as we know that in the last 10 nights of Ramadan, but what is it about this night of the 15th of Shaban and how do we We observe it? the prophet salallahu Alihi wasalam, authentic narration the prophet (saw) said that Allah looks at his creation on the night of the 15th of Shaban and Allah forgives the entirety of his creation,

Allah forgives Everyone. Okay. Allah forgives the entirety of his creation except for a mushrik someone who Associates a partner with him. Okay, or ….. someone who has such … whose heart is consumed with enmity. So someone who’s holding a grudge another narration which mention someone who murdered someone. Okay, so a murderer and this is obviously the consequence …. of great hatred in the heart and the enmity in the heart of a person that he would actually take the life of someone else. So again on that night Allah looks at the entirety of his creation and he forgives everyone that does not associate a partner with him, that does not carry enmity towards their brother or sister, strong hatred and spite towards the brother or sister or a murderer on that night. Now, of course a murderer can be forgiven if they seek forgiveness from Allah, but this is just Allah’s beautiful General amnesty that he’s given on this night. Okay, the 15th of Shaban. This is beautiful for many reasons. And also it has a direct call to action for us. The first thing is that if the prophet (saw) said that this is the month …. that the actions are presented to Allah and this is the particular night that Allah looks at those deeds and Allah subhana Allah forgives all of them. He cleans your record as you go into Ramadan. Okay, he cleans your record as you go into ramadan So you’re granted this amnesty. now approach ramadan without the burden of your sins. But with the longing of your creator, longing for Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala because your lord is so merciful that in this month before halfway through shaaban. He looks at the creation and he forgives the entire creation so long as there’s no shirk, hatred or murderer , okay. So no Polytheism or enmity or murder? alright? So what’s the call to action here? You know if you’re trying to prepare yourself for Ramadan, there’s the preparation with the recitation of the Quran.

There’s the preparation with the fasting but what about preparing the heart. nothing consumes the hearts and distracts it from Allah subhanaw Taala, like a grudge. Okay. Shahana is one you have an obsession. with someone okay, you hate someone so much that your heart is consumed by the enmity and this is directly connected by the way to the other form of presenting the Deeds which is the prophet (saw) said every Monday and Thursday when the Deeds are presented to Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala, Allah forgives the people except for two brothers or sisters that are quarrelling and Allah Subhan Allah says Leave these two until they solve their Grudge, leave these two until they remove their Grudge. And so this is the annual night that Allah subhanaw Taala would look at the creation. Allah (swt) would forgive everyone without shirk or enmity or murder. This is the time to really really think deeply is that Grudge worth me missing out on this incredible reward right? Do I really want my deed Not be presented to Allah and to be amongst those people who are not forgiven by Allah subhanaw Taala on that night, is my hatred of that person worth me sacrificing the love of Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala and so seek forgiveness from people. If you’ve hurt someone suck it up, remove your ego, call them seek forgiveness. Okay remove that Grudge, ask Allah (swt) to forgive the one that hurt you as much as you can do not keep anything in your hearts of hatred Or a grudge for Envy because that

will directly stand in the way of you receiving the reward of this blessed night of the 15th of Sha’ban. So that Hadith is authentic and just like you’re preparing your tongue with the recitation of the Quran, you’re preparing your body with fasting, you’re preparing your soul with the remembrance of Allah, you prepare your heart by removing that Grudge in sha Allah Taala, removing that hatred that you have of your brother or sister in sha Allah so that you can Clear the way for the Quran to consume your heart for Ramadan and for Allah subhanawTaala to be the full focus of your thoughts and attention during the month of Ramadan and Beyond now, how do we mark this night? Is there a special practice to mark this night? fasting the 15th of Shaban is established not just because or not even if it’s not because of fasting the 15th of Shaban as the 15th of Shaban, fasting the 15th of every month the 13th, 14th and 15th of every month is sunnah Okay, so fasting the 13th 14th and 15th, which are …. the white days because the Moon is fullest, the Thirteenth Fourteenth and fifteen, the Bright Days, fast those days

anyway, so yes by all means it is Sunnah, so fast the 15th of Shaban as part of the understanding of that Hadith of the Prophet (saw) how else do we mark this night? You’ll read the books of shafi………. (rah) So many other Scholars who wrote about the general observance of this night, so obviously if it’s a night Allah (Swt) has marked as a night that he forgives the entirety of his creation so long as they so long as they do not have polytheism or a or enmity or or murder standing in the way then obviously you want to be up Qiyāmul Layl reciting the Quran, remembering Allah (swt) However, if you don’t find any Hadith that talk about specifically ibadah, okay to talk about specific acts of worship just the general idea that this is a night that is to be observed. How You observe it? observe with the way that you’d observe any other night, but obviously with the knowledge of that beautiful time that Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala .. will forgive us for all of our sins on that night …. yes by all means a night of prayer, a night of recitation, a night of night of remembrance to recite a thousand kuls or to pray these many rakats or you’ll find a lot of things that get passed around to recite on lailatul barat just avoid that and just wake up, pray, read, fast the day inshallah tala because that’s something that’s established. And again more than anything else prepare your heart by removing the grudges from it, forgiving people and if you can’t find reason to forgive them for them then forgiving them for yourself, allowing To be a chance for us to not be to not be barricaded from Allah subhanaw Taala, but allowing the chance to forgive them, allowing us the chance to forgive them so that we can find that peace within ourselves and find that reward with Allah (swt) the famous story that we reflected on with Abu Bakr as-siddiq. Radiyaallahu ta’ala anhu some time ago Let them forgive and pardon, don’t you want Allah subhanaw Taala to forgive you as Well, don’t you want Allah (swt) pardons you as well? And that was with the man who had slandered his daughter and Allah (swt) is telling Abu Bakr as-siddiq Radiyaallahu ta’ala. that it’s not about him. It’s about you and what you want from Allah subhanaw taala, and so opening your hearts by removing the distraction of all else so that your heart can properly love Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala so that you can properly heal so that you can stay focused and not be distracted by those grudges not be distracted. By that hatred, not be obsessed You know I get this question. Sometimes is it okay to make dua against someone and…. the prophet (saw) said the supplication of the oppressed has no barrier between in Allah (swt), so the answer is yes. If you’ve been wronged you can make duas against the person that’s wronged you and no one can remove that from them of the muzlum, Tell the one that suppressed. Don’t make dua against the one that’s wrong too. But one thing that I do say is don’t waste all of your Dua against the one that wronged you or else you’re wrong and yourself by not spending your supplication properly. This is a chance to get close to Allah. You have a lot to talk to Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala about, you have a lot to remove from your own record. You have a lot to aim for, you have a lot to strive for, so taking the time out to say, you know, what if I can’t find any reason to move on from this, from that person side.. I’m going to move on or from it for myself. And so that I can seek that elevation with my Lord that elevation status that peace of mind, that purity of heart so I can focus on doing what’s important and I can focus on making the strides necessary for my own betterment and for my own akirah, for my own here after, especially with the coronavirus and the you know, this pandemic going around, You have to think about how quickly things are unfolding right now and death is always imminent, whether there’s a pandemic going around or not. Each one of us is always threatened by death at every moment of Our Lives. It’s unpredictable and it could take any one of us and so many people died with unresolved disputes, with unresolved grudges and having let those things consume them. never having the had the opportunity to reconcile. In fact so many people let others die without having that chance to reconcile with them and then live the rest of their lives with regret for not having taken that step to just say, you know what it’s not worth it. I’m going to put this behind me and I’m going to move on for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala. And so it’s a very simple reflection. But as I’ve said in a previous video, you know, holding a grudge is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die. Especially true when it comes to the reward of Allah that’s being presented to us right now, in Sha’ban is compounded by the pandemic of the coronavirus and how quickly things are unfolding, take that time Even if it’s someone you know that you’ve had a grudge with for a long time take that time to say, you know, what I’m going to be the person to remove that and even if the circumstances don’t allow, even if that person is not going to want to move on, my hand is extended, right? my heart is Open to forgiveness and moving on, no matter who it is. No matter what it is. So yes, if there was any time for us to squash Muslim social media drama, It’s now but more importantly if there was any time for us to squash The Grudges and our lives the disputes in our lives the …you know, even even if they’ve been in the background for a long time Now’s the Time For Us inshaallah time to really think about doing that so may Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala allow us all to to be able to do that and to Move on and again that doesn’t mean relinquishing your claims, that doesn’t mean relinquishing your rights by any means what that means is moving on for your sake so that Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala could show you that forgiveness in that Mercy as well. And especially with people that we love that we had disputes with. it’s important for us to put that behind us, Inshaallah. We don’t want to have the regrets after they’ve passed away or let them have their grid after we passed away and then the only time that that gets resolved is In the presence of Allah (swt). Now’s the Time the 15th of Shaban is upon us. If we even live to see that to clear our hearts for Ramadan so that we can be prepared for. if we even live to see that and if we don’t then it’s still time inshallah tala because tonight might be our last night, tomorrow might be our last day, no grudges worth missing out on the Forgiveness of Allah subhanaw Taala, or leaving something in the background that distracts and pulls all of us away. So may Allah (swt) forgive all of us for The wrongdoings that we’ve committed against others and may Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala heal us with the wrongdoings that were committed against us May Allah (swt) allow us to collectively remain focused on him and connect to him and to pull one another up for the sake of Allah (swt) May Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala allow our hearts to be …. to be free of those things, free of those flaws, free of that hatred free of those impurities as we approach the month of Sha’ban, may Allah subhanaw taala prepare our hearts for the month of Ramadan by conditioning them properly in the month of Shaban allahumma. Ameen.Sha’ban in the Arabic language refers to anything that is placed between two significant things and so by virtue of the significance of the two things that’s placed between people lose sight of its importance and so Sha’ban being placed between Rajab and Ramadan like a valley … a valley separates two plots of land to significant pieces of land. So Sha’ban gets lost in between rajab and Ramadan and certainly that has spiritual significance as Well. from historical perspective Shaban is also the month in which ramadan was legislated. Allah (swt) revealed that the month of Ramadan is the month in which guidance was revealed to the prophet salallahu alaihe wasalam. And in fact, of course the month of Revelation to all of the prophets of the past, before if you read surahtul Bakarah the verses of fasting were referring to …. to some specified days that were mandatory for the muslims and then once Ramadan came those days became … they became voluntary days of fasting. so Sha’ban is virtuous in that the second year after Hijra The month of Ramadan was legislated in the month of Shaban and the second thing is that it’s the same month in which the Qibla was switched from Jerusalem to Mecca and that had an important significance on the …. that was very significant to the psyche of the Muslims that had just dealt with the Hijra. Just dealt With the migration and as they had left Mecca and long to Mecca, including the prophet salallahu alaihe wasalam, Allah azzawajal turned their faces towards Mecca in a way that allowed them to connect in a beautiful way. So these two things happened in the first Sha’ban in the time of the Prophet (saw) with its spiritual significance. So what are some of its virtues? number one It’s a month of fasting and typically people Lose sight of the fasting in this month because again, we’re thinking about Ramadan Ayesha (ra) she says that the prophet sallallahu wasallam used to fast until one would say that he would never stop fast and then he would have banned in fasting until one would say that he would never fast, meaning that generally speaking in the life of the prophet salallahu alaihe wasalam, he would fast these long periods of time and you would think that he was never going to stop fasting and then as the prophet (saw) would not fast any of the voluntary days or any days outside of the periods of fasting to where he thought he would never fast against them. She says (ra) I never saw the prophet salallahu alaihe wasalam fast and entire month outside of Ramadan and the prophet (saw) specifically expressed a love for fasting that month. It was a mohaba, it was a desire that he had to fast that month as an another narration, ayesha (ra) she said that the most beloved of months for the month in which the messenger of Allah Love To Fast more than anything else was Sha’ban indeed. He used to join it to Ramadan, now used to join its ramadan here means it was as if, it was as if it was connected to Ramadan, because of the amount of fasting that the prophet salallahu alihi wasalam would do in that month of Shaban. So it was as if it was connected to ramadan as the prophet (saw) Continued from fasting the majority of the month of Shaban to fasting all of Ramadan. Now the question becomes why what is the wisdom? How much of Sha’ban should we fast? What are some other practices that we can take undertaking Sha’ban and what are some things that relate to us specifically in this time in the coronavirus era as where, you know, generally speaking quarantines and not able to go out and do the things that we would typically do. So the first thing we take is from A question that the prophet (saw) was asked directly about why he fasted Sha’ban so much and understanding the why of Shaban helps us understand how we should structure our fasting accordingly… Usama ibn Zayd (ra) He says that I asked the prophet salallahu alaihe wasalam Why is it that you fast more in Shaban than any other month? I have seen you and you just you’re fasting this entire month it seems but though you’re practicing that you’re not preaching of its virtues to the companions. So why is it yeah Rasullah that you seemed to give this month so much importance and he said sallallahu wasallam that this is a month that people neglect between rajab and Ramadan, a month that most people have become heedless, people don’t recognize the importance of this month because it’s lost between rajab and Ramadan and he said salallahu alaihe wasalam, it is a month in which The actions are presented. The Deeds are presented to the lord of the worlds. So I love that my actions would be presented to the lord of the worlds while I am in a state of fasting. So this is a powerful Hadith and it gives us two layers to really unpack about the gems of this month of the Shaban , scholars mentioned that the times to compete for Allah’s pleasure most are the times in which Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala is most forgotten. The times that the . ….people of Excellence seek to compete for Allah’s pleasure to really stand out are the times that most people are neglectful of Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala and his rights upon them. And so that’s when you compete for Allah’s pleasure, when everyone when everyone else is in is heedless. And so, you know, there are times when everyone is doing Ibadah, everyone is doing acts of worship and then there are times when most people are not and so that’s what makes For example the night prayers So special, most people are sleeping and there you are standing up in front of your lord and saying yeah Allah here I am presenting myself to you. And so these are the times most people do everything but ibadah, and so your Worship in these times in particular shows that you really want the pleasure of Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala.***** mentions another wisdom of the fasting of Shaban. He said that one of the things that it does is that it takes away the hardship of fasting and leaves only the sweetness of it for the time of Ramadan. This is a beautiful thing. after the 15th of Shaban Now that Hadith is not as authentic but there is an authentic Hadith where the prophet (saw) do not proceed Ramadan with one or two days of Shaban exhausting. So don’t fast the last day or two meaning the 29th or the 30th. or the 28th and 29th of Sha’ban as you go into ramadan. Now this Hadith has to be reconciled with another Hadith where the Prophet (saw) asked ***** these days of Sha’ban, pick some days and fast in Sha’ban and make it a means of connecting to Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala in a special way between you and him. the Fifteenth of Sha’ban What is the virtue of this night with there’s a narration, ibn Abbas (ra) frequently quoted it lailatul barat, the day that we are freed from the Hellfire, a very weak opinion by the way , Ikram (Rah) he said that it’s LLaylat al-Qadr that’s very weak because as we know that in the last 10 nights of Ramadan, but what is it about this night of the 15th of Shaban and how do we We observe it? the prophet salallahu Alihi wasalam, authentic narration the prophet (saw) said that Allah looks at his creation on the night of the 15th of Shaban and Allah forgives the entirety of his creation, Allah forgives Everyone. Okay. Allah forgives the entirety of his creation except for a mushrik someone who Associates a partner with him. Okay, or ….. someone who has such … whose heart is consumed with enmity. So someone who’s holding a grudge another narration which mention someone who murdered someone. Okay, so a murderer and this is obviously the consequence …. of great hatred in the heart and the enmity in the heart of a person that he would actually take the life of someone else. So again on that night Allah looks at the entirety of his creation and he forgives everyone that does not associate a partner with him, that does not carry enmity towards their brother or sister, strong hatred and spite towards the brother or sister or a murderer on that night. Now, of course a murderer can be forgiven if they seek forgiveness from Allah, but this is just Allah’s beautiful General amnesty that he’s given on this night. Okay, the 15th of Shaban. This is beautiful for many reasons. And also it has a direct call to action for us. The first thing is that if the prophet (saw) said that this is the month …. that the actions are presented to Allah and this is the particular night that Allah looks at those deeds and Allah subhana Allah forgives all of them. He cleans your record as you go into Ramadan. Okay, he cleans your record as you go into ramadan So you’re granted this amnesty. now approach ramadan without the burden of your sins. But with the longing of your creator, longing for Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala because your lord is so merciful that in this month before halfway through shaaban. He looks at the creation and he forgives the entire creation so long as there’s no shirk, hatred or murderer , okay. So no

Polytheism or enmity or murder? alright? So what’s the call to action here? You know if you’re trying to prepare yourself for Ramadan, there’s the preparation with the recitation of the Quran. There’s the preparation with the fasting but what about preparing the heart. nothing consumes the hearts and distracts it from Allah subhanaw Taala, like a grudge. Okay. Shahana is one you have an obsession. with someone okay, you hate someone so much that your heart is consumed by the enmity and this is directly connected by the way to the other form of presenting the Deeds which is the prophet (saw) said every Monday and Thursday when the Deeds are presented to Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala, Allah forgives the people except for two brothers or sisters that are quarrelling and Allah Subhan Allah says Leave these two until they solve their Grudge, leave these two until they remove their Grudge. And so this is the annual night that Allah subhanaw Taala would look at the creation. Allah (swt) would forgive everyone without shirk or enmity or murder. This is the time to really really think deeply is that Grudge worth me missing out on this incredible reward right? Do I really want my deed Not be presented to Allah and to be amongst those people who are not forgiven by Allah subhanaw Taala on that night, is my hatred of that person worth me sacrificing the love of Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala and so seek forgiveness from people. If you’ve hurt someone suck it up, remove your ego, call them seek forgiveness. Okay remove that Grudge, ask Allah (swt) to forgive the one that hurt you as much as you can do not keep anything in your hearts of hatred Or a grudge for Envy because that will directly stand in the way of you receiving the reward of this blessed night of the 15th of Sha’ban. So that Hadith is authentic and just like you’re preparing your tongue with the recitation

of the Quran, you’re preparing your body with fasting, you’re preparing your soul with the remembrance of Allah, you prepare your heart by removing that Grudge in sha Allah Taala, removing that hatred that you have of your brother or sister in sha Allah so that you can Clear the way for the Quran to consume your heart for Ramadan and for Allah subhanawTaala to be the full focus of your thoughts and attention during the month of Ramadan and Beyond now, how do we mark this night? Is there a special practice to mark this night? fasting the 15th of Shaban is established not just because or not even if it’s not because of fasting the 15th of Shaban as the 15th of Shaban, fasting the 15th of every month the 13th, 14th and 15th of every month is sunnah Okay, so fasting the 13th 14th and 15th, which are …. the white days because the Moon is fullest, the Thirteenth Fourteenth and fifteen, the Bright Days, fast those days anyway, so yes by all means it is Sunnah, so fast the 15th of Shaban as part of the understanding of that Hadith of the Prophet (saw) how else do we mark this night? You’ll read the books of

shafi………. (rah) So many other Scholars who wrote about the general observance of this night, so obviously if it’s a night Allah (Swt) has marked as a night that he forgives the entirety of his creation so long as they so long as they do not have polytheism or a or enmity or or murder standing in the way then obviously you want to be up Qiyāmul Layl reciting the Quran, remembering Allah (swt) However, if you don’t find any Hadith that talk about specifically ibadah, okay to talk about specific acts of worship just the general idea that this is a night that is to be observed. How You observe it? observe with the way that you’d observe any other night, but obviously with the knowledge of that beautiful time that Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala .. will

forgive us for all of our sins on that night …. yes by all means a night of prayer, a night of recitation, a night of night of remembrance to recite a thousand kuls or to pray these many rakats or you’ll find a lot of things that get passed around to recite on lailatul barat just avoid that and just wake up, pray, read, fast the day inshallah tala because that’s something that’s established. And again more than anything else prepare your heart by removing the grudges from it, forgiving people and if you can’t find reason to forgive them for them then forgiving them for yourself, allowing To be a chance for us to not be to not be barricaded from Allah subhanaw Taala, but allowing the chance to forgive them, allowing us the chance to forgive them so that we can find that peace within ourselves and find that reward with Allah (swt) the famous story that we reflected on with Abu Bakr as-siddiq. Radiyaallahu ta’ala anhu some time ago Let them

forgive and pardon, don’t you want Allah subhanaw Taala to forgive you as Well, don’t you want Allah (swt) pardons you as well? And that was with the man who had slandered his daughter and Allah (swt) is telling Abu Bakr as-siddiq Radiyaallahu ta’ala. that it’s not about him. It’s about you and what you want from Allah subhanaw taala, and so opening your hearts by removing the distraction of all else so that your heart can properly love Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala so that you can properly heal so that you can stay focused and not be distracted by those grudges not be distracted. By that hatred, not be obsessed You know I get this question. Sometimes is it okay to make dua against someone and…. the prophet (saw) said the supplication of the oppressed has no barrier between in Allah (swt), so the answer is yes. If you’ve been wronged you can make duas against the person that’s wronged you and no one can remove that from them of the muzlum, Tell the one that suppressed. Don’t make dua against the one that’s wrong too. But one thing that I do say is don’t waste all of your Dua against the one that wronged you or else you’re wrong and yourself by not spending your supplication properly. This is a chance to get close to Allah. You have a lot to talk to Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala about, you have a lot to remove from your own record. You have a lot to aim for, you have a lot to strive for, so taking the time out to say, you know, what if I can’t find any reason to move on from this, from that person side.. I’m going to move on or from it for myself. And so that I can seek that elevation with my Lord that elevation status that peace of mind, that purity of heart so I can focus on doing what’s important and I can focus on making the strides necessary for my own betterment and for my own akirah, for my own here after, especially with the coronavirus and the you know, this pandemic going around, You have to think about how quickly things are unfolding right now and death is always imminent, whether there’s a pandemic going around or not. Each one of us is always threatened by death at every moment of Our Lives. It’s unpredictable and it could take any one of us and so many people died with unresolved disputes, with unresolved grudges and having let those things consume them. never having the had the opportunity to reconcile. In fact so many people let others die without having that chance to reconcile with them and then live the rest of their lives with regret for not having taken that step to just say, you know what it’s not worth it. I’m going to put this behind me and I’m going to move on for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala. And so it’s a very simple reflection. But as I’ve said in a previous video, you know, holding a grudge is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die. Especially true when it comes to the reward of Allah that’s being presented to us right now, in Sha’ban is compounded by the pandemic of the coronavirus and how quickly things are unfolding, take that time Even if it’s someone you know that you’ve had a grudge with for a long time take that time to say, you know, what I’m going to be the person to remove that and even if the circumstances don’t allow, even if that person is not going to want to move on, my hand is extended, right? my heart is Open to forgiveness and moving on, no matter who it is.

No matter what it is. So yes, if there was any time for us to squash Muslim social media drama, It’s now but more importantly if there was any time for us to squash The Grudges and our lives the disputes in our lives the …you know, even even if they’ve been in the background for a long time Now’s the Time For Us inshaallah time to really think about doing that so may Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala allow us all to to be able to do that and to Move on and again that doesn’t mean relinquishing your claims, that doesn’t mean relinquishing your rights by any means what that means is moving on for your sake so that Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala could show you that forgiveness in that Mercy as well. And especially with people that we love that we had disputes with. it’s important for us to put that behind us, Inshaallah. We don’t want to have the regrets after they’ve passed away or let them have their grid after we passed away and then the only time that that gets resolved is In the presence of Allah (swt). Now’s the Time the 15th of Shaban is upon us. If we even live to see that to clear our hearts for Ramadan so that we can be prepared for. if we even live to see that and if we don’t then it’s still time inshallah tala because tonight might be our last night, tomorrow might be our last day, no grudges worth missing

out on the Forgiveness of Allah subhanaw Taala, or leaving something in the background that distracts and pulls all of us away. So may Allah (swt) forgive all of us for The wrongdoings that we’ve committed against others and may Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala heal us with the wrongdoings that were committed against us May Allah (swt) allow us to collectively remain focused on him and connect to him and to pull one another up for the sake of Allah (swt) May Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala allow our hearts to be …. to be free of those things, free of those flaws, free of that hatred free of those impurities as we approach the month of Sha’ban, may Allah subhanaw taala prepare our hearts for the month of Ramadan by conditioning them properly in the month of Shaban allahumma. Ameen.Sha’ban in the Arabic language refers to anything that is placed between two significant things and so by virtue of the significance of the two things that’s placed between people lose sight of its importance and so Sha’ban being placed between Rajab and Ramadan like a valley … a valley separates two plots of land to significant pieces of land. So Sha’ban gets lost in between rajab and Ramadan and certainly that has spiritual significance as Well. from historical perspective Shaban is also the month in which ramadan was l

egislated. Allah (swt) revealed that the month of Ramadan is the month in which guidance was revealed to the prophet salallahu alaihe wasalam. And in fact, of course the month of Revelation to all of the prophets of the past, before if you read surahtul Bakarah the verses of fasting were referring to …. to some specified days that were mandatory for the muslims and then once Ramadan came those days became … they became voluntary days of fasting. so Sha’ban is virtuous in that the second year after Hijra The month of Ramadan was legislated in the month of Shaban and the second thing is that it’s the same month in which the Qibla was switched from Jerusalem to Mecca and that had an important significance on the …. that was very

significant to the psyche of the Muslims that had just dealt with the Hijra. Just dealt With the migration and as they had left Mecca and long to Mecca, including the prophet salallahu alaihe wasalam, Allah azzawajal turned their faces towards Mecca in a way that allowed them to connect in a beautiful way. So these two things happened in the first Sha’ban in the time of the Prophet (saw) with its spiritual significance. So what are some of its virtues? number one It’s a month of fasting and typically people Lose sight of the fasting in this month because again,

we’re thinking about Ramadan Ayesha (ra) she says that the prophet sallallahu wasallam used to fast until one would say that he would never stop fast and then he would have banned in fasting until one would say that he would never fast, meaning that generally speaking in the life of the prophet salallahu alaihe wasalam, he would fast these long periods of time and you w

ould think that he was never going to stop fasting and then as the prophet (saw) would not fast any of the voluntary days or any days outside of the periods of fasting to where he thought he would never fast against them. She says (ra) I never saw the prophet salallahu alaihe wasalam fast and entire month outside of Ramadan and the prophet (saw) specifically expressed a love for fasting that month. It was a mohaba, it was a desire that he had to fast that month as an another narration, ayesha (ra) she said that the most beloved of months for the month in which the messenger of Allah Love To Fast more than anything else was Sha’ban indeed. He used to join it to Ramadan, now used to join its ramadan here means it was as if, it was as if it was connected to Ramadan, because of the amount of fasting that the prophet salallahu alihi wasalam would do in that month of Shaban. So it was as if it was connected to ramadan as the prophet (saw) Continued from fasting the majority of the month of Shaban to fasting all of Ramadan. Now the question becomes why what is the wisdom? How much of Sha’ban should we fast? What are some other practices that we can take undertaking Sha’ban and what are some things that relate to us specifically in this time in the coronavirus era as where, you know, generally speaking quarantines and not able to go out and do the things that we would typically do. So the first thing we take is from A question that the prophet (saw) was asked directly about why he fasted Sha’ban so much and understanding the why of Shaban helps us understand how we should structure our fasting accordingly… Usama ibn Zayd (ra) He says that I asked the prophet salallahu alaihe wasalam Why is it that you fast more in Shaban than any other month? I have seen you and you just you’re fasting this entire month it seems but though you’re practicing that you’re not preaching of its virtues to the companions. So why is it yeah Rasullah that you seemed to give this month so much importance and he said sallallahu wasallam that this is a month that people neglect between rajab and Ramadan, a month that most people have become heedless, people don’t recognize the importance of this month because it’s lost between rajab and Ramadan and he said salallahu alaihe wasalam, it is a month in which The actions are presented. The Deeds are presented to the lord of the worlds. So I love that my actions would be presented to the lord of the worlds while I am in a state of fasting. So this is a powerful Hadith and it gives us two layers to really unpack about the gems of this month of the Shaban , scholars mentioned that the times to compete for Allah’s pleasure most are the times in which Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala is most forgotten. The times that the . ….people of Excellence seek to compete for Allah’s pleasure to really stand out are the times that most people are neglectful of Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala and his rights upon them. And so that’s when you compete for Allah’s pleasure, when everyone when everyone else is in is heedless. And so, you know, there are times when everyone is doing Ibadah, everyone is doing acts of worship and then there are times when most people are not and so that’s what makes For example the night prayers So special, most people are sleeping and there you are standing up in front of your lord and saying yeah Allah here I am presenting myself to you. And so these are the times most people do everything but ibadah, and so your Worship in these times in particular shows that you really want the pleasure of Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala.***** mentions another wisdom of the fasting of Shaban. He said that one of the things that it does is that it takes away the hardship of fasting and leaves only the sweetness of it for the time of Ramadan. This is a beautiful thing. after the 15th of Shaban Now that Hadith is not as authentic but there is an authentic Hadith where the prophet (saw) do not proceed Ramadan with one or two days of Shaban exhausting. So don’t fast the last day or two meaning the 29th or the 30th. or the 28th and 29th of Sha’ban as you go into ramadan. Now this Hadith has to be reconciled with another Hadith where the Prophet (saw) asked ***** these days of Sha’ban, pick some days and fast in Sha’ban and make it a means of connecting to Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala in a special way between you and him. the Fifteenth of Sha’ban What is the virtue of this night with there’s a narration, ibn Abbas (ra) frequently quoted it lailatul barat, the day that we are freed from the Hellfire, a very weak opinion by the way , Ikram (Rah) he said that it’s LLaylat al-Qadr that’s very weak because as we know that in the last 10 nights of Ramadan, but what is it about this night of the 15th of Shaban and how do we We observe it? the prophet salallahu Alihi wasalam, authentic narration the prophet (saw) said that Allah looks at his creation on the night of the 15th of Shaban and Allah forgives the entirety of his creation, Allah forgives Everyone. Okay. Allah forgives the entirety of his creation except for a mushrik someone who Associates a partner with him. Okay, or ….. someone who has such … whose heart is consumed with enmity. So someone who’s holding a grudge another narration which mention someone who murdered someone. Okay, so a murderer and this is obviously the consequence …. of great hatred in the heart and the enmity in the heart of a person that he would actually take the life of someone else. So again on that night Allah looks at the entirety of his creation and he forgives everyone that does not associate a partner with him, that does not carry enmity towards their brother or sister, strong hatred and spite towards the brother or sister or a murderer on that night. Now, of course a murderer can be forgiven if they seek forgiveness from Allah, but this is just Allah’s beautiful General amnesty that he’s given on this night. Okay, the 15th of Shaban. This is beautiful for many reasons. And also it has a direct call to action for us. The first thing is that if the prophet (saw) said that this is the month …. that the actions are presented to Allah and this is the particular night that Allah looks at those deeds and Allah subhana Allah forgives all of them. He cleans your record as you go into Ramadan. Okay, he cleans your record as you go into ramadan So you’re granted this amnesty. now approach ramadan without the burden of your sins. But with the longing of your creator, longing for Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala because your lord is so merciful that in this month before halfway through shaaban. He looks at the creation and he forgives the entire creation so long as there’s no shirk, hatred or murderer , okay. So no Polytheism or enmity or murder? alright? So what’s the call to action here? You know if you’re trying to prepare yourself for Ramadan, there’s the preparation with the recitation of the Quran. There’s the preparation with the fasting but what about preparing the heart. nothing consumes the hearts and distracts it from Allah subhanaw Taala, like a grudge. Okay. Shahana is one you have an obsession. with someone okay, you hate someone so much that your heart is consumed by the enmity and this is directly connected by the way to the other form of presenting the Deeds which is the prophet (saw) said every Monday and Thursday when the Deeds are presented to Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala, Allah forgives the people except for two brothers or sisters that are quarrelling and Allah Subhan Allah says Leave these two until they solve their Grudge, leave these two until they remove their Grudge. And so this is the annual night that Allah subhanaw Taala would look at the creation. Allah (swt) would forgive everyone without shirk or enmity or murder. This is the time to really really think deeply is that Grudge worth me missing out on this incredible reward right? Do I really want my deed Not be presented to Allah and to be amongst those people who are not forgiven by Allah subhanaw Taala on that night, is my hatred of that person worth me sacrificing the love of Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala and so seek forgiveness from people. If you’ve hurt someone suck it up, remove your ego, call them seek forgiveness. Okay remove that Grudge, ask Allah (swt) to forgive the one that hurt you as much as you can do not keep anything in your hearts of hatred Or a grudge for Envy because that will directly stand in the way of you receiving the reward of this blessed night of the 15th of Sha’ban. So that Hadith is authentic and just like you’re preparing your tongue with the recitation of the Quran, you’re preparing your body with fasting, you’re preparing your soul with the remembrance of Allah, you prepare your heart by removing that Grudge in sha Allah Taala, removing that hatred that you have of your brother or sister in sha Allah so that you can Clear the way for the Quran to consume your heart for Ramadan and for Allah subhanawTaala to be the full focus of your thoughts and attention during the month of Ramadan and Beyond now, how do we mark this night? Is there a special practice to mark this night? fasting the 15th of Shaban is established not just because or not even if it’s not because of fasting the 15th of Shaban as the 15th of Shaban, fasting the 15th of every month the 13th, 14th and 15th of every month is sunnah Okay, so fasting the 13th 14th and 15th, which are …. the white days because the Moon is fullest, the Thirteenth Fourteenth and fifteen, the Bright Days, fast those days anyway, so yes by all means it is Sunnah, so fast the 15th of Shaban as part of the understanding of that Hadith of the Prophet (saw) how else do we mark this night? You’ll read the books of shafi………. (rah) So many other Scholars who wrote about the general observance of this night, so obviously if it’s a night Allah (Swt) has marked as a night that he forgives the entirety of his creation so long as they so long as they do not have polytheism or a or enmity or or murder standing in the way then obviously you want to be up Qiyāmul Layl reciting the Quran, remembering Allah (swt) However, if you don’t find any Hadith that talk about specifically ibadah, okay to talk about specific acts of worship just the general idea that this is a night that is to be observed. How You observe it? observe with the way that you’d observe any other night, but obviously with the knowledge of that beautiful time that Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala .. will forgive us for all of our sins on that night …. yes by all means a night of prayer, a night of recitation, a night of night of remembrance to recite a thousand kuls or to pray these many rakats or you’ll find a lot of things that get passed around to recite on lailatul barat just avoid that and just wake up, pray, read, fast the day inshallah tala because that’s something that’s established. And again more than anything else prepare your heart by removing the grudges from it, forgiving people and if you can’t find reason to forgive them for them then forgiving them for yourself, allowing To be a chance for us to not be to not be barricaded from Allah subhanaw Taala, but allowing the chance to forgive them, allowing us the chance to forgive them so that we can find that peace within ourselves and find that reward with Allah (swt) the famous story that we reflected on with Abu Bakr as-siddiq. Radiyaallahu ta’ala anhu some time ago Let them forgive and pardon, don’t you want Allah subhanaw Taala to forgive you as Well, don’t you want Allah (swt) pardons you as well? And that was with the man who had slandered his daughter and Allah (swt) is telling Abu Bakr as-siddiq Radiyaallahu ta’ala. that it’s not about him. It’s about you and what you want from Allah subhanaw taala, and so opening your hearts by removing the distraction of all else so that your heart can properly love Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala so that you can properly heal so that you can stay focused and not be distracted by those grudges not be distracted. By that hatred, not be obsessed You know I get this question. Sometimes is it okay to make dua against someone and…. the prophet (saw) said the supplication of the oppressed has no barrier between in Allah (swt), so the answer is yes. If you’ve been wronged you can make duas against the person that’s wronged you and no one can remove that from them of the muzlum, Tell the one that suppressed. Don’t make dua against the one that’s wrong too. But one thing that I do say is don’t waste all of your Dua against the one that wronged you or else you’re wrong and yourself by not spending your supplication properly. This is a chance to get close to Allah. You have a lot to talk to Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala about, you have a lot to remove from your own record. You have a lot to aim for, you have a lot to strive for, so taking the time out to say, you know, what if I can’t find any reason to move on from this, from that person side.. I’m going to move on or from it for myself. And so that I can seek that elevation with my Lord that elevation status that peace of mind, that purity of heart so I can focus on doing what’s important and I can focus on making the strides necessary for my own betterment and for my own akirah, for my own here after, especially with the coronavirus and the you know, this pandemic going around, You have to think about how quickly things are unfolding right now and death is always imminent, whether there’s a pandemic going around or not. Each one of us is always threatened by death at every moment of Our Lives. It’s unpredictable and it could take any one of us and so many people died with unresolved disputes, with unresolved grudges and having let those things consume them. never having the had the opportunity to reconcile. In fact so many people let others die without having that chance to reconcile with them and then live the rest of their lives with regret for not having taken that step to just say, you know what it’s not worth it. I’m going to put this behind me and I’m going to move on for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala. And so it’s a very simple reflection. But as I’ve said in a previous video, you know, holding a grudge is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die. Especially true when it comes to the reward of Allah that’s being presented to us right now, in Sha’ban is compounded by the pandemic of the coronavirus and how quickly things are unfolding, take that time Even if it’s someone you know that you’ve had a grudge with for a long time take that time to say, you know, what I’m going to be the person to remove that and even if the circumstances don’t allow, even if that person is not going to want to move on, my hand is extended, right? my heart is Open to forgiveness and moving on, no matter who it is. No matter what it is. So yes, if there was any time for us to squash Muslim social media drama, It’s now but more importantly if there was any time for us to squash The Grudges and our lives the disputes in our lives the …you know, even even if they’ve been in the background for a long time Now’s the Time For Us inshaallah time to really think about doing that so may Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala allow us all to to be able to do that and to Move on and again that doesn’t mean relinquishing your claims, that doesn’t mean relinquishing your rights by any means what that means is moving on for your sake so that Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala could show you that forgiveness in that Mercy as well. And especially with people that we love that we had disputes with. it’s important for us to put that behind us, Inshaallah. We don’t want to have the regrets after they’ve passed away or let them have their grid after we passed away and then the only time that that gets resolved is In the presence of Allah (swt). Now’s the Time the 15th of Shaban is upon us. If we even live to see that to clear our hearts for Ramadan so that we can be prepared for. if we even live to see that and if we don’t then it’s still time inshallah tala because tonight might be our last night, tomorrow might be our last day, no grudges worth missing out on the Forgiveness of Allah subhanaw Taala, or leaving something in the background that distracts and pulls all of us away. So may Allah (swt) forgive all of us for The wrongdoings that we’ve committed against others and may Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala heal us with the wrongdoings that were committed against us May Allah (swt) allow us to collectively remain focused on him and connect to him and to pull one another up for the sake of Allah (swt) May Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala allow our hearts to be …. to be free of those things, free of those flaws, free of that hatred free of those impurities as we approach the month of Sha’ban, may Allah subhanaw taala prepare our hearts for the month of Ramadan by conditioning them properly in the month of Shaban allahumma. Ameen.

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