The Virtues Of The Month Of Sha'ban
Rasulullah Sallallâhu Alayhi Wa Sallam told Aisha (Radhiyallahu Anha):
“The fasting I enjoy the most is the one in the month of Sha’ban. O Aisha! That is such a month in which the names of those who will die in that year are given to the death angel. I want my name to be written and given while I am fasting.”
Ummu Salama (Radhiyallahu Anha) said: “Rasulullah Sallallâhu Alayhi Wa Sallam would not fast more in any other month apart from Ramadhan, than he did in Sha’ban.”
Rasulullah (s.a.w.) said: “Rajab is the month of Allah, Sha’ban is my month, and Ramadan is the month of my Ummah. Sha’ban is the expiation of sins, and Ramadan is the month which purifies the sins.”
This is a month in which the doors of good are opened, abundance is given, mistakes are left, sins are forgiven, and Salawat towards the most perfect of all creations, Rasulullah (s.a.w.) should be recited. Believers should awaken in this month and see it as an opportunity to repent from their sins and enter the month of Ramadan in a clean state.
One should also plead to Allah Ta’ala and regard Rasulullah (s.a.w.) as a means of gaining the blessing and mercy of Allah Subhanahu. You should not delay this by tricking yourself into saying you will do it later. The world is only three days long. Yesterday has already passed, it is a day to take a lesson from. Today is the day to perform deeds and value it. Tomorrow, this is a day of hope. You do not know if you will reach tomorrow or not.
Months are also like that. Rajab has passed and will never come back. Ramadan is going to arrive, but you don’t know if you will see it or not. Sha’ban is a bridge between these two months. One should see this as an opportunity to perform deeds.