The month of Sha’ban is here and that means Ramadhan is just around the corner! SubhanAllah.
Sha’ban is a month many people overlook as it falls right in between Rajjab and Ramadhan. However, Sha’ban is the month where some of the most notable miracles happened, like the splitting of the moon and the changing of the Qiblah. And so, during this month, we should try and gain as many good deeds as we can.
Here are a few things you can do during Sha’ban to make the most of this blessed month.
Get in the habit of reading Qura’an daily again. With Ramadhan approaching, we need to make sure we are prepared to try and finish the entire Qura’an during that month, and so we need practice. And reading the Qura’an always gives you a peaceful state of mind and increases your good deeds
Fasting in Sha’ban is highly recommended, especially in the first half of the month. However, try and refrain from fasting during the second half of the month, as we get closer to Ramadhan because we should stay away from joining the fasting of Sha’ban with the fasting of Ramadhan.
Engaging in dhikr is always beneficial. But try and do dhikr more often, whenever you’re free, or whenever you feel like you are able to. Recite the Tasbih’s after every salah and make sure Allah’s name and praise is always on your tongue.
Prepare for Ramadhan
Use this month to brush up on your knowledge of Ramadhan, or research and learn more about it. There is never a wrong time to learn more and gain more knowledge, so use this time to practice good etiquette and adaab of Ramadhan.
The 15th of Sha’ban is known as the night of forgiveness. There are several hadith stating that the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ urged his companions to pray and beg for forgiveness during that night as Allah ﷻ will forgive all his creation except two; those who associate partners with Allah ﷻ and those who have rancor towards their fellow Muslims.
This year, the 15th of Sha’ban falls on the 29th of March, so try your best to stay up during that night and beg for forgiveness.
Read This Dua
There is a hadith that says when the moon of Rajjab was sighted, the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ used to ask his companions to recite the following dua all the way till Ramadhan came. And we should try to recite it too.
اَللّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا فِى رَجَبَ وَ شَعْبَانَ وَ بَلِّغْنَا رَمَضَان
Allahumma barik lana fi Rajab wa Sha’ban wa ballighna Ramadan.
‘O Allah, bless us in the months of Rajab and Sha’ban and take us to Ramadan’
May Allah ﷻ accept all our efforts and grant us the opportunity to witness and experience another Ramadhan. Ameen.