The Fifteenth Night of Mid-Sha‘ban
إِنَّا أَنزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةٍ مُّبَارَكَةٍ ۚ إِنَّا كُنَّا مُنذِرِينَ فِيهَا يُفْرَقُ كُلُّ أَمْرٍ حَكِيمٍ
“Indeed we revealed the Qur’an on a blessed night, verily We are ever-warning. On this night, every matter of wisdom is ordained” (44:3-4).
The fifteenth night of Sha‘ban is an important night in the Islamic calendar. In Arabic, this night is called ‘Layla Nisf Sha‘ban’, meaning the ‘middle night of Sha‘ban.’ It is also called Layla al-Bara’a or Shabe Bara’at, (Shabe is Persian for night), which means ‘the night of immunity’. The night is so called because Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta ‘Ala offers immunity from the fire of Hell for those who repent to Him sincerely on this night.
Abu Musa al-Asharī Radiyal-llahu ‘Anhu reports that the Prophet Salla Allahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallama said:
“Allah Almighty descends on His creation on the middle night of Sha‘ban and forgives His creation, except for the polytheist and the one who shows animosity.” (Musnad Ahmad)
Sayyida A’isha Radiyal-llahu ‘Anha reports that:
“The Prophet Salla Allahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallama spent the middle night of Sha‘ban in extensive prayer to the extent she thought he had died.” (Al-Bayhaqi, Al-Tabrani)
For centuries, Muslims have spent the fifteenth night of the Holy month of Sha‘ban in worship, both individually and collectively.
Join us at the Ashton Central Mosque this Thursday 12th June after Maghrib prayers for the sacred worship of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta ‘Ala