Friday, July 31, 2009

Deeds are Presented to Allah during Sha'ban

Usamah ibn Zayd (may Allah be pleased with him) said," I asked the messenger of Allah a question. I asked why do you fast in Sha'ban more than any other month? He (peace and blessings be upon him) replied saying; People are negligent between Rajab and Ramadan. During Sha' baan the deeds are presented to the Lord of all the worlds. Therefore I desire to be fasting when my deeds are lifted."

[Collected by Ahmed ( 5/200) , An-Nisaýi (2357), Al-Bayhaqee in Shýb Al-Eman (3820) and Ibn Abee Shaybah in his Musanaf (9765). Shaykh Al-Albani (may Allah rest him in Jannah) and Muhammad Adam (may Allah preserve him)both graded this hadeeth as Hasan]

Benefits taken from :Thakiratul 'Uqbah fee Sharhul Mujtabah. An Explanation of Sunnan An-Nisa'i written by Muhammad Adam Al-Ethopia. Vol 21 page 266-268. Shaykh Muhammad wrote:

  • (Usamah ibn Zayd ) ibn Haaratha ibn Sharaheel Al-Kalbee. He died in Madinah in 54 Hijrah. He was 75 years old at the time of his death.
  • (negligent between Rajab and Ramadan.)Means and Allah knows best- The people used to perform extra worship during those two months, and during Sha'baan they were lax.
  • (During Sha' baan the deeds are lifted to the Lord of all the worlds.) Good deeds should be performed during Sha'baan. One of the best deeds is fasting.

(Therefore I desire to be fasting when my deeds are lifted.) As-Shaykh Walideen (may Allah have mercy upon him) said, "If you ask, What does this mean? It is written in Bukhari and Muslim that the deeds of the servant for the night are lifted to Allah before the day. And the deeds for the day are lifted before the night?

I say there are two possible answers for this question:

1. The deeds of the servant are displayed to Allah daily. The weekly deeds are presented to Allah on Mondays and Thursdays. The yearly deeds are presented to Allah in Sha'ban. Hence deeds are presented to The Most Merciful one after the other. There is wisdom behind deeds being presented to Allah in this fashion; whoever wants to ponder over this can. And if Allah wills the servant will understand why this happens; otherwise he won't. And the wisdom will
remain with Allah. Allah sees, hears and knows everything.

2. Daily deeds are presented to The All-Knowing daily in detail and weekly deeds are presented in general to Allah. And Allah knows best.

Translated by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Lamont Battle, Doha, Qatar. 6/8/1429

Sourced from Salafi Talk via West London Dawah


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