The half of the month of Sha’ban: Nisful Sha’ban

The half of the month of Sha’ban: Nisful Sha’ban

The Mother of the Believers ‘Aisha (May Allah be well pleased with her) is reported to have said,

“Once the Holy prophet (Peace be upon him) performed the Salah of the night (Tahajjud) and made a very long Sajdah (prostration) until I feared that he had passed away. When I saw this, I rose (from my bed) and moved his thumb (to ascertain whether he was alive). The thumb moved, and I returned (to my place). Then I heard him saying (to Allah) in Sajdah (prostration).

‘I seek refuge of Your forgiveness from Your punishment, and I seek refuge of Your pleasure from Your annoyance, and I seek Your refuge from Yourself. I cannot praise you as fully as You deserve. You are exactly as You have defined Yourself.’

Thereafter, when he(saw) raised his head from Sajdah and finished his salah, he (saw) said to me: “’Aisha, did you think that the Prophet has betrayed you?” I said, “No, O Prophet of Allah (saw), but I apprehended that your soul has been taken away because your Sajdah was very long.” He(saw) asked me. “Do you know which night is this?” I said, “Allah and His Messenger (saw) know best.” He(saw) 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 (envy and hatred against a muslim) as they were before, (and does not forgive them unless they relieve themselves from malice).”

[Baihaqi, At-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb]

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