Chishti Nizami Habibi Soofie
The best age is my age and The virtues of Shabaan
Sab sy Afzal mera Zamana hy + Shab e Barat ki Ahmiyyat o Fazeelat
Today, through the grace of Allah Y we will speak on importance and virtues of the 15 Shabaan or laylatul nisf min Shabaan (The night of mid-Shabaan) commonly called Shabe Baraat. Before speaking on its virtues I would like to dispel some doubts that have crept into the Ummah. There is a tendency that some of us with limited knowledge of the Holy Qur’aan and Sunnah proclaim that we have a comprehensive knowledge of the deen. This results in us rejecting important events; instead of enhancing our limited knowledge concerning certain acts and events. This results in simple people, without the intellectual capacity of researching for themselves, on hearing conflicting views getting confused. They become the targets whereby the very foundations of faith are being attacked and thereby shaken.
Islam undoubtedly is a deen that ushers in balance and equality. However in every aspect, despite the ideal being equality and dealing with people equitably. People have different qualities, cultures, intellectual capacities, regional differences etc.
Let’s begin by differentiating ages. The Holy Prophet Muhammad e stated:
Khairul qurune qarni
We regard the age of the Holy Prophet Muhammad e, physical era as the best age on the basis of righteousness, guidance, virtuousness and blessings as the best age. This is because of the physical contact (hayaate zaahiri) with the Holy Prophet e.
Then we have the era of the companions (sahaba) who ushered in their righteousness, guidance, virtuousness and blessings received from contact with the Holy Prophet Muhammad e.
Then we have the era of the companions of the companions (ta’bieen) who received and disseminated these blessings.
Similarly the Holy Qur’aan has blessed certain areas (makaan). Bayt al Maqdis , al-Quds , Palestine and Canaan. Allah Y says in the Holy Qur’aan , in the 5th Sura, al-Maida الْمَآئِدَة , verse 21:
Allah Y orders the Bani Israel to enter the land which He called الْمُقَدَّسَةَ (the blessed land). There is no time to go into details but Allah Y has called a certain piece of land blessed, compared to other lands. This land is blessed due to thit being the bplace of birth of prophets (mawlid) and place of burial (madfan). Then in reference to the Mi’raaj Allah Y says in the 17th sura سُورة الْإِسْرَاء / بَنِيْ إِسْرَآءِيْل, verse 1:
Allah Y has blessed the neighborhood of al-Masjid al-Aqsa. This area has been blessed due to its connection with prophets. The area is blessed, the acceptance of duas is increased here, and there is an overflow of divine blessings, mercy and gifts.
Similarly Makkah, the Ennobled, due to the presence of the Kaaba Shareef is called sacred ground (Haram Shareef) and Madinah the Illuminated is made sacred due to the Holy Prophet Muhammad e residing there. This sacredness is not only restricted to the area of the Kaaba Shareef or the area where the Holy Prophet Muhammad e lies buried but its sacredness stretches for kilometers. The tress has even become sacred, so much so that they cannot be cut.
So one can gauge that eras have excellence over eras; cities have excellence over cities; certain pieces of ground have excellence over other pieces of ground. Similarly of the twelve months of the Islamic Calendar, the Month of Ramadaan has been given excellence. The Holy Qur’aan says in the 2nd Sura سُورة الْبَقَرَة : verse 125:
Due to the descent of the Holy Qur’aan this month has become the most excellent over all the rest. Within the month of Ramadaan, one night has been given preference over all the rest of the days and nights. Holy Qur’aan says in the 97th Sura, سُورة الْقَدْر , verse 1:
So the night of لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِ due to the revelation of the Holy Qur’aan has become the most excellent night. Allah Y describes its excellence in the 97th Sura, سُورة الْقَدْر , verse 3:
The root concept I am instilling into your mentality is that nights, months, years, eras, ages, place space, time has all been created by Allah Y but He has given some excellence over others. These nights, months, years, eras, ages, place space, time possess extra barakah, fazilah and ni’mah.
Other days have also been given preference and excellence over other day. Friday has more virtue over any other day. It is known as the Day of I’d for it is the day of the divinely ordained birth or creation of Adam u.
The Holy Prophet Muhammad e has stated regarding Yawmul Jumuah as narrated by Hazrath Abdullah ibn Abbas t:
Monday is considered as a day of excellence because it is the Day of the Physical Birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad e and the Holy Prophet Muhammad e fasted on this Dayn out of thankfulness for his birth. Thursday is also a day of excellence due to the Holy Prophet Muhammad e fasting on this day. Every week has seven days and three days have excellence over the other four days.
I quote a hadith from the Sahih collection of Imam Muslim from the Chapter called ‘The Book of Virtue, Good Manners and Joining of the Ties of Relationship’ (Kitab Al-Birr was-Salat-I-wal-Adab)'. narrated by Hazrath Abu Hurraira t:
In another hadith in Shaih Muslim it is stated:
From this you can gather that in every week there are day’s wherein deeds are presented, forgiveness is announced and gifts are presented from Allah Y.
Similarly nights have a special status. From Maghrib to the disappearance of the sun tall nights seem equal. The last portion of the night prior to the time of Sehri Allah Y , in accordance with His Majesty comes down to the lowest samawaat in accordance with His Majesty, incomprehensible to us. He calls out to us:
So one can see the last portion of the night has been made more excellent than the first portion.
So I pray I have cleared the misconception that there are no special nights except the Night of Qadr. Every special night has its own virtues, status and excellence.
Let us know discuss what the excellence of the month of Shabaan is and the excellence of Mid Shabaan (nisf Shabaan). These are proven from Sahih Hadith and the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Muhammad e. To doubt this is an expose of lack of knowledge.
I present to you a hadith from Sahih Bukhari Kitaab as Saum: This is the very chapter that the Holy Prophet Muhammad e forbid the Companions from imitating his manner of fasting continuously without Sehri or iftaar.
In this chapter is the hadith also on the fast of Shabaan. Besides the compulsory fasts of Ramadaan, the Holy Prophet Muhammad e fasted most in the month of Shabaan:
Thus it is made clear that the Holy Prophet Muhammad e gave special significance to the month of Shabaan. This hadith is also quoted by Imam Muslim. The barakah , fazilah and ni’mah had been expounded by the actions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad e.
If the month of Shabaan has been so emphasized from Sahih Hadith, then most surely some special day and night is also contained in this month. I Quote a hadith from the Sunan Nisa’I one of the books of the Six Most authentic Books of Hadith (sihah sittah):
Imam Tirmidhi reports two hadith to the same effect from both Hazrath Aisha y and also from Umm Salama y. Also from Usama bin Zayd t. Imam Nisa’i r also quotes a hadith wherein the Holy Prophet Muhammad e was asked as to why he fasted so much in the month of Shabaan, loved this month so after Ramadaan and he answered:
From a lecture by Allama Dr. Tahir al-Qadri in urdu
Translated by Irshad Soofi
 barakah: Barakah is a subtle spiritual energy which flows through everything, but is strongest within the human. The more purified the human becomes, the greater the flow of barakah. Overpowering barakah can be experienced in sacred places, in sacred art and in sanctified people, all of which are theophanies, revealing and manifesting the Divinity - here on earth.
 Fazl: Bounty or Gift
 An-ni’mah- The Grace of Allah Y . His Grace is an aspect of His Mercy (rahma). Ultimately, every ‘unveiling’ (kashf), every ‘tasting’ (zawq), every ‘drinking’ (shurb) and every ‘quenching’ (ri) is through Divine Grace. Without Allah Y ’s Grace man can do nothing.