The Blessings of the 15th of Shaban (Shabe Barat)

One of the unique benefits of traditional Islamic spirituality is the observance of numerous holy days and nights throughout the Islamic calendar year in which spiritual seekers can take advantage of rare blessings and opportunities for spiritual growth and awakening.

One of the holiest and most significant nights of the Islamic calendar is the night of the 15th of Shaban, also known as Shabe Barat. It is on the night of the 15th of Shaban that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saws) taught is the beginning of the new year in the spiritual realm, and that on Shabe Barat, the 15th of Shaban, the affairs of human beings are arranged in the Divine Presence for the coming twelve months.

It is for this reason that it has traditionally been recorded and advised to fast the three days in the middle of the month, the 14th, 15th and 16th of Shaban, so as to end the previous cycle and begin the new in a state of fasting, which liberates from dependance upon the world of form and increases one’s connection with the the Source of all that is, the Divine Almighty.

Blessing and Benefits of 15th of Shaban Shabe Barat

Blessings of the 15th of the Month of Shaban (Shabe Barat)

There are numerous traditions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saws) in which he relates the unique blessings of the 15th of Shaban, Shabe Barat.

Prophet Muhammad Quotes on the Blessings of the 15th of Shaban, #1

The Prophet Muhammad (saws) said that, “Whoever fasts three days in the month of Shaban and at the time of breaking fast recites salawat three times upon me, his sins will be forgiven and his provisions will be amplified, and on the Day of Judgment he will enter Paradise riding on a heavenly mount.”

Prophet Muhammad Quotes on the Blessings of the 15th of Shaban, #2

Recorded in Nuzhat al-Majalis, Sayyidina Anas (ra) related that he heard from the Prophet Muhammad (saws) that Jesus (as) once passed by a mountain and there he saw a white stone. He stared upon it with awe. God revealed to His messenger, “Shall I disclose for you a thing stranger than this?” “Surely!” Jesus answered.

The stone split and from it emerged an old man with a green walking stick in his hand, and pointing to a grape vine he said, “I get my sustenance from here.” Jesus (as) asked him, “How long have you been busy worshipping God in this stone?” The man replied, “For four hundred years.” Jesus (as) said to God, “Certainly there is no one else that can worship as he does.” God revealed, “Two cycles (raka’) of prayer by one from the nation of My Beloved Prophet (saws) on the 15th night of the month of Shaban are better than this four hundred years of worship.”

Prophet Muhammad Quotes on the Blessings of the 15th of Shaban, #3

Recorded in Tirmidhi, Mother of the Believers, Sayyidatuna Aisha (ra) related that she heard from the Prophet Muhammad (saws), “God, Glorious and Exalted, descends to the nearest heaven on the night of the 15th of the month of Shaban, and He forgives more people than the number of hair on the hides of the flocks and herds of sheep of the tribe of Kalb.”

Adab (Spiritual Practices) of the 15th of Shaban

To obtain the maximum benefit from the holy night of the 15th of the month of Shaban, there are specific spiritual practices (adab) that one can perform.

Fasting

Fast the 14th, 15th and 16th days of the month of Shaban. Alternatively, one may fast just the 15th, the Day of Shabe Barat.

Welcome Shabe Barat

1. Take a shower (ghusl) before the Maghrib prayer on the evening of the night of the 15th of the month of Shaban with the intention of welcoming Shabe Barat.

2. Pray the Maghrib prayer.

3. Recite Surah Ya Seen three times, each time with the following respective intention:

  • For long life and health.
  • For protection from calamities.
  • For provision directly from the Divine Presence and to be free from need of others.

4. Pray the Isha prayer.

Salatul Khair (The Prayer of Goodness)

Throughout the night of Shabe Barat, pray one hundred cycles, or raka, of Salatul Khair, in each cycle reciting Surah Fatiha and ten times Surah Ikhlas (Chapter 112 of the Holy Qur’an), ultimately making a total of one thousand recitations of Surah Ikhlas.

After praying Salatul Khair, you may then pray Salatul Witr.

Notes on the Spiritual Practices of the 15th of Shaban

Needless to say, these nawafil (not required, but beneficial) practices of the night of the 15th of Shaban, Shabe Barat, are intensive. Do not overburden yourself beyond your capacity. Simply do your best with the right intention, and you will receive divine blessings.

The purpose of worship (ibadah) is to ultimately liberate a human being from the external world of form, to cement one’s connection to the Divine Presence and to develop spiritual presence. This leads to divine peace and purpose, and to a life of goodness and grace.

15th of Shaban Shabe Barat : Rediscover Divine Peace

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Comments 92

  1. MASHA ALLAH..so nice of you to share..MAY ALL GIVE TAUFEEQ TO THOSE WHO DONT BELIEVE..AMEEN SUM AMEEN..

    AND GRANT US THE BLESSINGS OF THE HOLY NIGHT :-)

  2. Thanks so much this is a beautiful way to remind believers. I greatly appreciate the work you are doing and the awareness of important and blessed events you are bringing into my life and others.

    Shukran!

  3. JazakAllah Khair! Thank you Ihsan! You clarified here a few points that i was not sure of. Thank you so much!

    May Allah (swt) Bless you and family and all, Endlessly! Ameen!!!

  4. AoothuBillahi min ash-shaytaanir rajeem, Bismillah ArRahman ArRaheem!

    JazakAllah khair for this information, this will be my first time practicing these rituals of the 15th of Sha’ban.

    May Allah Bless and Protect everyone and grant goodness to all. Ameen!

  5. Alhamdulillah…
    thanks for sharing…
    wish a happy blessed heavenly new year for all insha Allah…
    Amin ya Robbal Alamin…

  6. assalamualaikum brother ihsan…..thank you for the most precious gift ever….i will try my best to do everything u hv mentioned inshallah…khuda hafiz and wishes for SHAB-E-BARAT

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  8. بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم
    السلام عليكم٠

    Beloved brother Ihsan,

    Thank you ( Barakalafi Jazakallahu Khayr ) and may Allahu ta’ala reward you and keep you upon His Siratul-Mustaqeem for all your work reviving the Sunna of our Beloved Sayyidina Rasulullah(s) in our lives. May Allah reward you with the reward of a Muhiyyideen for reviving this Sunna. Please continue keeping us informed. Was-Salaam. Fii Amani Allah.

  9. JAZAKALLAH really informative for me . May Allah bless us and gives us strength to stand and bow before him all our life but especially for this night.

  10. ASALAMU ALIQUM MY NAME IS NAZIR AHMAD WANI AND I FROM STATE KASHMIR.I WAS SO DELIGHTFUL AFTER READING THIS TONIGHT ON DATED 17.07.2011. AND I GOT LOT OF INFORMATION BY THIS MAY ALLAH SWT HELP EVERY ONE TO SPREAD. ISLAM INSHA ALLAH.

  11. assalaam o alaikum
    first of all thank you for your prestigious work you did buy posting such important message which clarifies many of the doubts in my mind.
    still i have one more doubt i hope you’ll not disregard it, if it hurts any of the sentiments of yours and others i deeply repent for that, and if that doubt is abusive or against any of the law of islam then also i am sorry and ask for forgiveness from ALLAH.
    however my doubt or say i want the exact reference and hadith where it is mentioned about the facts you provided about this holy night……..

  12. SHABA BARAAT RAAT TAMAM MUSALMANOO KO MUBARAK HO

    ALLAH RABUL ALLAMEEN TAMAM MUSALMANOO KA GUNNAHOON KO MAHAF FARMA

  13. My name is Iqra and I am 10 years old and I go to a Islamic school where I have to do some homework about Shaban and shabe barat and I found this website really helpful.

  14. These are unlimited worths of being a muslim, we are so blessed and enlighten the divine one (ALLLAH), alhamdulilahi am a believing muslim

  15. Assalamu Alaikkum Dear Muslim Brothers,

    i have one doubt from second hadhith, i forward my friend this hadhith, but he asked to me for narrator details and also who is imam of the kitab, is this authentic hadhith? so can u give the details about following hadhith?
    please send me that details if you have it through my email id
    Prophet Muhammad Quotes on the Blessings of the 15th of the Month of Shaban, #2

    Recorded in Nuzhat al-Majalis, Sayyidina Anas (R) related that he heard from the Prophet Muhammad (S) that Jesus (A) once passed by a mountain and there he saw a white stone. He stared upon it with awe. God revealed to His messenger, “Shall I disclose for you a thing stranger than this?” “Surely!” Jesus answered.

    The stone split and from it emerged an old man with a green walking stick in his hand, and pointing to a grape vine he said, “I get my sustenance from here.” Jesus (A) asked him, “How long have you been busy worshipping God in this stone?” The man replied, “For four hundred years.” Jesus (A) said to God, “I think there is no one else that can worship as he does.” God revealed, “Two cycles (raka’) of prayer by one from the nation of My Beloved Prophet (S) on the 15th night of the month of Shaban are better than this four hundred years of worship.”

  16. Thank you Ihsan for this information and gentle reminder. May Allah reward you with abundance and tranquility.

  17. As Salaam alaikum: Thank you for the informative article.

    Inshallah, may Allah’s abundant blessings be on all of us.

    Best,
    a/..

  18. Aslamoo Aleekoom . How are you my Brother Ehsan , i see all the comnits . thanks for all friends . i know that all muslims loved MOHAMMAD pese be opon him . and 15th shaban is coming . this day all the muslims happy . insshaa allhha me alsoo doing all the day ..Tasbhi . for Daroud e Ebrahime . May God give you long life .

  19. Masha’Allah!! this was nice indeed.. may Allah subhanahu wa tallah bless you all. happy ramadhan inshallah

  20. Ali radiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said, “When it is the fifteenth of Shaaban, then stand (in worship) atnight and fast during the day. Because Allah subhanahu wata’aala descends in this night at sunset to the first heaven and says: ‘Is there any seekerof forgiveness, that I may forgive him? Is there any seeker of sustenance, that I may sustain him? Is there anyone in affliction, that I may removehis affliction? Is there anyone like this, like that (and so on)’. This continues until Fajr.” (Ibn Mãjah

  21. May Allah Bless and Protect everyone and grant everyone forgiveness. Ameen.

    Inna lillahi wa inna elayhi raji’oon, for Shaykh Abdul-Kerim and may Allah grant him a spacious and fragrant grave. Ameen. He will be missed, as he was a true and faithful servant of Allah, The Exalted.

  22. Ihsan, I thank you. Inshallah tonight as I do my Ibadah, I shall pray for you and your loved ones. May Allah’s Mercy descend upon all the Muslims and believers. May HE shower all of us with the grace and blessings of this night!

  23. Bismillah …

    Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh , I pray this finds everyone well, wrapped in Allah’s mercy and steadfastly traveling the path to eternal felicity, in sha Allah.

    I really enjoyed reading your amazing article Sidi Ihsan.

    If you would like to visit our Article entitled ”What is The Night of Salvation [Shab-e-Barat] and How to Spend it?‏” please visit:

    http://seekerofthesacredknowledge.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/what-is-night-of-salvation-shab-e-barat-and-how-to-spend-it%E2%80%8F/

    JazakAllah Khair

    Faqir Alamm

  24. Brother Ihsan…Shukriya for posting this information…I am going to start my prayers now…Allah bless us all…

  25. Assalam alaykum,

    May Allah guide us all right. All your works would have been better if it supported with concrete source or evidence, if all these can be produce it will your work better understanding.

    1. It is uncanny but I knew a special time was upon us, and I knew not to eat. I have never studied Islam. My question to you, Ihsan or any others who can help me is that I find the language you use difficult to speak – can I use an English translation of what you are saying, and can you supply that to me if it is acceptable. Thank you.

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        1. Where are the chains of battalions f these ahadith? May Allah guide us all. It is a Bidah to invent acts of worship that having be authentically and definitely applied
          By our prophet pbuh

  26. Jazakumullahu khairan for your programs and good advices. I benefit a lot from your videos. However, unfortunately there is no authentic evidence for celebrating the 15th of Shaaban. Inshaallah let us stick to the acts of worship in Islam that are substantiated by authentic evidence. That is indeed sufficient for the people. Wasalaam and to your success!

  27. Glory to my Lord, All-High, Supreme, Most Munificent & Peace and blessing be upon Beloved Prophet as long as the Kingdom of Almighty lasts….. Indeed a blessed month is Sha’baan! Allah Aswajal Bless Your Beautiful Soul Sidi Ihsan.

  28. Thank you so much brother Ihsan for bringing our awareness to these auspicious dates throughout the year. And also for the recommended practices to help us grow and develop in our spiritual being. May Allah bless you for what you are doing for us all.
    Ameen.

    1. JazakaAllahu kheiran, may Allah increase your knowledge, i learn something new. May Allah rewards you janatul fardowsa.

  29. thanks bro for your effort and dacwah and may Allah(SW) reward on you. so keep it up
    Thanks bro for your support and may Allah reward on you so keep it up.

  30. Dear Ihsan,

    Jazak Allah Khair for this helpful information and reminder. It really supports me as I work to learn and practice more of the beautiful Islamic spirituality of our deen.

    Sincerely, Kelly

  31. Dear Brother Ihsan,

    Jazakallahu Khair, for all your reminders. May Allah reward you. I sincerely appreciate all the lessons and reminders that you have shared with me and my children.

  32. The Prophet Muhammad (saws) said that,
    “Whoever fasts three days in the month of
    Shaban and at the time of breaking fast recites
    salawat three times upon me, his sins will be
    forgiven and his provisions will be amplified,
    and on the Day of Judgment he will enter
    Paradise riding on a heavenly mount.”
    in which book of hadeeth is it written? can you kindly tell me

    1. //தத்துவபிணி தியாகு, அந்திய மூலதனம் காரணம் என்று யார் எப்போ எங்க சொன்னாங்க, அப்படி சொல்லியிருந்தா அதுல என்ன தப்புன்னு விளக்குங்க? சொல்ல்லேன்னா, ஏங்க இங்க லூசு மாதிரி சொல்லாததை சொன்னாங்கன்னு வந்து பினாத்திங்?//அந்நிய மூலதனம் பிரதான முரண்பாடுன்னு இன்னொரு முரண்பாடு நிலபிரபுத்துவ முரண்பாடு (இதை புதியஜனநாயக புரட்சி திட்டம் சொல்லுது )நீங்கதான் உங்க கட்சி திட்டத்த படிக்காம இங்க வந்து பினாதிங்

  33. Shabae barat its a total bidah it’s an innovation
    Every night on its 3rd part Allah says I’m forgiving my servant who asks for it
    And to say we have fast in every middle month tat is 13,14 & 15 which is an authentic teaching by saw
    And importatntly fasting only on 15th shaban is bidah but only when his intention is pure Allah would reward his prayers and his fast
    And this night does not rewards more good deeds but only on the last 10 odd days of Ramadan tge night of laylatul qadr (see in surah qadr) the day in which quran revealed were is a blessed night in which Allah ascends all his angels to record the good doers and Allahu alam allah knows best
    But celebrating this as a function is not from the teaching of prophet saw
    As it is said every innovation is cruel as it says that we are teaching prophet itself don’t we know what is or knowledge on this even sahabas say Allah and his rasool knows but who are we to bring new things may Allah protect us

  34. Dear All,

    Striving for good deeds on any good day is a must however associating it with something that is not mentioned in Holy Quran or Authentic Ahadiths is debatable. I appreciate if reference to the ahadiths mentioned above are also provided. Also to my understanding there is nothing like traditional or non traditional islam. Islam is Quran+Hadiths (authentic).
    Thanks and Jazakallah Khair.

  35. There is nothing in Qur’an about the night of 15th Shaban. There is a narration in Tirmidhi, which is considered as Za’eef (weak) according to Imam Tirmidhi. All the narrations regarding glorification of the night are weak. The authentic Hadiths inform us that Prophet Muhammad r with the exception of Ramadan, never kept so many fasts as in Sha’ban. But we also find that the Prophet (Pbuh) forbade others to keep any fast after the mid Sha’ban. Other than this, no reference of the 15th night is authentic.

    Shias believe that 15th Sha’ban is the birth date of their last and 12th Imam who is invisible and will come back as Imam Medhi. This may be the reason behind Halwas, crackers and other celebration-like things prevalent among those who lack knowledge.

    About Milads etc., every moment of the day or night when Prophet Muhammad r is remembered, is pious but again, there is nothing in Qur’an and Sunnah which links the Prophet to the said night in particular.

    The weak narrations, stating that fate is written in this night are to be ignored because they contradict the Qur’an. The Qur’an in clear words ascribe this pre-eminence of Shab-e-Qad’r or Lailat-al-Qad’r. It says; “Verily we have sent it (The Qur’an) down in the night of Al-Qad’r (The Decree)… The night of Decree is better than a thousand months. Therein descend the angels and Ruh (the spirit) by Allah’s permission with all decrees.” (97:1-4)

    In another Surah, the same thing has been specified; “We sent it (The Qur’an) down on a blessed night. Verily we are ever warning. Therein is decreed every matter of ordainment.” (44:3-4)

    It is clear from the above verses that the night in which the Lord sets the decree about individuals, races and countries, is Shab-e-Qad’r and not Shab-e-Bara’at. Shab-e-Qad’r lies in one of the odd nights of the last one third of Ramadan.

    1. I will begin with asalaamu’alaykum, may peace and blessings be upon you, first because I am addressing a sentient human being, and secondly a Muslim, one who believes in Allah Most Hight and His last and final Messenger, Sayyiduna Muhammad ﷺ.

      You bring up several points which require an extensive response, and I will aim to insha’llah ta’ala provide more detailed articles regarding these in the future.

      Yet for now, first it is important to know and remember that even if a hadeeth is considered “dhaeef”, it is still permissible to use it for the purpose of encouraging the believers towards piety and good conduct. “Dhaeef” simply means that it’s chain of transmission could not be absolutely verified for a particular reason, and not that the narration is invalid or inaccurate.

      Likewise, “Sahih”, or “Authentic”, simply means that the transmission has been verified and cross-verified. It is misleading to juxtapose this term and translation of Sahih, “Authentic”, with other grades of ahadeeth, leading to the mistaken notion that they are “not authentic”, invalid, false or fabricated.

      Regarding references in the Qur’an, there are many references to many things, including Laylatul Bara’ah and Mawlid Nabi ﷺ, however, literalists will never be able to pierce the deeper meanings of the Holy Book. Regardless, because such references are only of use to those who already have knowledge, wisdom and understanding, and see within the Book confirmation of what is known, and because ultimately these verses fall under the category of “Ta’wil”, or “Interpretation”, they cannot be used to establish legal ordinances.

      Regardless, such is totally unnecessary, and again, the statement that such a thing is not explicitly mentioned in the Holy Qur’an is misleading in the sense that again it implies if a thing is not explicitly mentioned in the Qur’an, it does not exist or is not valid.

      No one has ever implied or stated the Laylatul Bara’ah is the night in which the Qur’an was revealed. Thank you for citing these blessed verses, however, they have little to do with the subject at hand.

      Regarding the matter of Destiny, it is already written upon the Preserved Tablet. Yet it is revealed to Allah Almighty’s servants and friends as and when He Almighty chooses and wills.

      The pious have observed Laylatul Bara’ah throughout the Muslim world since the time of the Noble Prophet ﷺ. It is an odd thing that encouraging others towards piety and worship is being discouraged rather than encouraged.

      All such acts of worship fall under “Nafl”, are not obligatory or required in any way, as has been specified. Yet we are of the people who seek to draw nearer to our Lord and Creator through piety, spirituality, worship, meditation and contemplation. There is no compulsion in religion. Each is free to do as little or as much as he or she likes.

      And I humbly encourage you to follow those teachers that truly bring you closer to Allah, and who do not but serve to increase a sense of arrogance and self-righteousness. The way and the path is in humility. And this Way is not play and amusement. You will never draw nearer to your Lord through the mind.

      And if indeed, seeking to reach to the Divine Presence of Allah is the goal, then a worthy guide and teacher who will slay the ego of the self is absolutely necessary.

      May Allah Almighty guide us all to that which is most pleasing to Him.

  36. And before any of u wahabis start jumping up and down read what the scholars u always quote say on matters such as Maelor and Shaban and the reason u get called wahabis is because u guys say we follow the teachings of Abdul wahabis hence u r called wahabis just like people who say we are from the Hanafi school of thought n if u have such problem with being labelled why do u call yourself Salafis?

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