Bidah Alert for 15th of Shaban

Question: We see some people specifying the 15th of Sha’baan with particular supplications and reciting the Qur.aan and performing naafilah prayers. So what is the correct position concerning this, and may Allaah reward you with good?

Response: That which is correct is that fasting the 15th of Sha’baan or specifying it with reciting (the Qur.aan) or making (particular) supplications has no basis. So the day of the 15th of Sha’baan is like any other 15th day of other months. So from that which is known is that it has been legislated for a person to fast the 13th, 14th and 15th of every month, however, Sha’baan is characterised unlike the other months in that (except for Ramadhaan) the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) used to fast more in Sha’baan than any other month . So he used to either fast all of Sha’baan or just a little. Therefore, as long as it does not cause difficulty for a person, it is befitting to increase in fasting during Sha’baan in adherence to the example of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam).

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen
al-Bid’u wal-Muhdathaat wa maa laa Asla lahu – Page 612
Fataawa Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen – Volume 1, Page 190

Question: Is standing the night of the 15th of Sha’baan in prayer and fasting during it’s day legislated?

Response: Nothing firm and reliable has been established on the authority of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) that he stood in prayer in the night and fasted during the day of the 15th of Sha’baan. So the night of the 15th of Sha’baan is like any other night, and if someone is a regular worshipper during other nights, then he may stand the night in prayer on this night without assuming anything special (because of it being the night of the 15th of Sha’baan). This is because specifying a time for any act of worship requires a authentic proof, so if there is no authentic proof then the act is regarded as an innovation and all innovations are misguidance. Likewsie, regarding specifically fasting during the 15th day of Sha’baan, then no (authentic) proof has been established on the authority of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) to indicate the legislation of fasting on that particular day.

As for that which is mentioned from the ahaadeeth regarding this subject, then all of it is weak as the people of knowledge have indicated. However, whoever has the habit of fasting the 13th, 14th and 15th (of every month), then he can continue and fast during Sha’baan as he fasts during the other months, without assuming anything special about the 15th of Sha’baan. Also, the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) used to increase in fasting during this month (Sha’baan), however, he did not particularise the 15th day, rather proceeded as per norm.

Shaykh Ibn Fowzaan

al-Bid’u wal-Muhdathaat wa maa laa asla lahu – Page 614
Noorun alad-Darb Fataawa Shaykh Saalih Ibn Fowzaan – Volume 1, Page 87

Question: When my father was alive, he entrusted me to give sadaqah (charity) according to my means on the 15th of Sha’baan every year, and likewise I have been doing this ever since. However, some people have admonished me for doing so saying it is not permissible. So is giving sadaqah on the night of the 15th of Sha’baan permissible according to the willment of my father or not? Kindly advise us and may Allaah reward you with good.

Response: To specify the giving of sadaqah on the night of the 15th of Sha’baan every year is an innovation, and despite your father having entrusted you with that, it is not permissible. It is befitting you give this sadaqah without specifying the night of the 15th of Sha’baan, rather do so every year and in whichever month, but without particularising any one month (on a consistent basis). However, it is permissible to do so in the month of Ramadhaan (for the evidence which indicates so).

And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Fataawa
al-Bid’u wal-Muhdathaat wa maa laa Asla lahu – Page 611
Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa. – Fatwa No. 9760

Source: fatwa-online.com

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7 Comments

  1. muhmmad khalil said,

    July 28, 2010 at 3:21 am

    This is sad to see that people come to these mufti’s sheiks and like wise to receive information on an auspiciuis ocasion and are only told that its like any other night and to treat otherwise is bida… That’s a load of crap, this is a blessed night and has been for a very long time , even the jews fast in the 15th thas why the beloved of allah (saw) would fast the two days before aswell and yes u should give charity on this day and this night and do as much ibadah as pssible allah says he comes too the lowest heaven to listen to his servents on this night from sundown to sunrise and that he grant forgivness to those seeking it and that he will extend his mercey to those in seek of it , except only for the child who disobeys his parents and the habitual drunker and one more … But this word bidah is being used to miguide millions of muslim around the world beware , there is always benifit in doing good or in doing extra, or in doing anything that the holylast messenger of Allah (saw) did , alway… Hold tight to the rope of allah .

    • listenandobey said,

      August 4, 2010 at 4:15 pm

      Assalamolaikum akhi,

      truly, what is really sad is muslims who go astray trying to do stuff that they think will benefit them in the hereafter buy it wont. Just like the Prophet Muhammed (may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said : “…. anything that is not from the affairs of ours, will be rejected” and numerous other hadeeths. Whats also sad that a mountain of knowledge, like shaikh ibn uthaimeen here is considered just another scholar and he is compared to people with little to no knowledge. You said alot of stuff about how this night is special but, like always, have provided no proof. Where is this saying of Allah that he comes down to the lowest heaven from sunrise and sunset. Fear Allah and do not say about HIM what you have no knowledge of. Do what is clear in the sunnah, and stay away from the grey areas. May Allah guide us to and keep us on the straight path.

    • irshaad said,

      July 7, 2011 at 6:38 am

      As pertains to 15th of Sha’ban.. that “this is a load of crap”
      even this child got it right.

      What a major disrespect for our Scholars. Seeking islamic knowledge is fard.

  2. Ummul-khair said,

    May 24, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    As Salaam Alaikum to all,
    I am so happy to see people seeking out the truth and true Sunnah of Rasoolillah, sallalahu alaiyhi wa sallam.
    I would please also like to know the history of this bid’ah. I have seen prayers directed to Hussain Alaiyhis salaam, was it the day he was born?
    Thank you and JazakAllah Khairan

  3. Twaha said,

    July 5, 2012 at 12:38 am

    As Salaam Alaikum to all,
    it’s good to see youngs having such knowlege of deen. in surah Baqarah Allah (SWT) says to ender this deen completely and in Surah Maidah Allah (SWT) proclaims that He has completed this deen. if things were done by our by our forefathers does it means we need to follow blindly. Refer to AL Quran regarding what is said regarding the event when Moosa (AS) left his brother with his people and our beloved prophet (SAW) when he was explaining to the Arabs the tawhiid concept. what did they say?
    the thuth is always hard to assimilate but brothers and sisters please acquire knowledge before speaking as Allah (SWT) so many places make reference to those having knowledge.
    JAZAKUMULLAH KHEIRAN

  4. Ali yousuff said,

    May 1, 2017 at 1:37 am

    MD KHALIL U R OUT OF YR MIND WHAT U SAW YR FOREFATHERS DOING U THINK THAT WAS RIGHT WITH OUT PROOF FROM &SUNNAH.SUBCONTINENT BUSINESS MOULVIS ARE RUUNING FATWA FACTORIES&MISGUIDING INNOCENT UMMAH OF NABI SALALAHUALIHIWASALAM.ITS BLESSING FROM ALLAH GRAND MUFTIS OF MAKKA ARE SHOWING US THE TRUTH.SO THAT WE SAVE OURSELVES&OUR FAMILIES FROM LIVING & DYING DEVIATION ESTABLISHED FROM MANY CENTURIES.IN WHICH OUR FOREFTHERS LIVED& DIED.ALLAH SAVE US FROM DEVIANTS.WHO PLAY WITH DEEN OF ALLAH FOR PALTRY GAINS…

    • listenandobey said,

      June 5, 2017 at 9:40 am

      Jazakallah khair for your response. Indeed Allah said that he would protect this religion. He has protected Quran, himself through the huffadh over 1400 years and indeed he sends scholars to cleanse the Sunnah of His beloved Prophet(peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).


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