The 15th Night of Sha’ban
Sha’ban is one of the meritorious months for which we find some particular instructions in the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ). It is reported in the authentic ahadith that Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) used to fast most of the month in Sha’ban.
The blessed companion Usama ibn Zaid (Allah be pleased with him) reports that he asked Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ): “Messenger of Allah,I have seen you fasting in the month of Sha’ban so frequently that I have never seen you fasting in any other month.” Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) replied: “That (Sha’ban) is a month between Rajab and Ramadan which is neglected by many people. And it is a month in which an account of the deeds (of human beings) is presented before the Lord of the universe, so, I wish that my deeds be presented at a time when I am in a state of fasting.”
Another significant feature of the month of Sha’ban is that it consists of a night which is termed in Shariah as “Laylatul-bara’ah” (The night of freedom from Fire). This is the night occurring between 14th and 15th day of Sha’ban. There are certain traditions of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) to prove that it is a meritorious night in which the people of the earth are attended by special Divine mercy.
Sayyidah’ Aishah, (Allah be pleased with her), has reported that Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) has said, “Allah Almighty descends (in a manner He best knows it) in the night occurring in the middle of Sha’ban and forgives a large number of people more than the number of the fibers on the sheep of the tribe, Kalb.”
Kalb was a big tribe the members of which had a very large number of sheep . Therefore, the last sentence of the hadith indicates the big number of the people who are forgiven in this night by Allah Almighty.
It is recommended to increase in prayer, reciting the Qur'an and making lots of Du'a during this blessed night.
May Allah accept our intentions, our actions and our worship during this night, amin!