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Sha'ban 15

Updated on May 23, 2011

The fifteenth of Sha'ban

Today is the day of the fifteenth of Shaban according to the Islamic calendar. It is also called Nisfu Sha'ban. It means "half".

The most important event at the fifteenth of Sha'ban was the changing of the qiblah which was ordered by God from Masgidil Aqsaa, in Jerusalem, to Masjidil Haraam in Makkah. God said in the Holy Qur-an: 2:144

"Indeed We see the turning of thy face to heaven, so We shall surely make thee master of the qiblah which thou likest; turn then they face towards the Sacred Mosque (Masjidil Haraam). And wherever you are turn your faces towards it."

The month of Sha'ban has also a very important significance to the Muslim because it is the month of the Prophet (s.a.w.). As he said:

"Sha'ban is my month and Ramadhan is the month of Allah."

The fifteenth night and day of this month have specific significance for the auspiousness, grandeur and blessing they posses. The Prophet (s.a.w.) had encouraged the Muslims to keep vigil in that night and to keep fast on that day. In this night, the Prophet (s.a.w.) himself kept vigil, visited the graveyard of Madinah, prayed for the forgiveness of the sins of the dead and kept fast in the day.

It is sunnah to do the following during the Nisfu Sha'ban:

Immediately after Maghrib prayer read Surah Yaa Siin three times, with the following intentions (niyyat):

  1. In the first reading, ask Allah (s.w.t.) to prolong our life in doing worship to Him and doing good deeds,
  2. In the second reading, ask Allah (s.w.t.) to prevent and protect us from all misfortunes and calamities and to grant us abundance of lawful sustenance, and
  3. In the third reading, ask Allah (s.w.t.) that we be made independent from all other creatures of Allah (s.w.t.) and that we be in uprightness at the end of our lives.


DU'A (Prayer)

After finishing the reading each time of Surah Yaasiin, You can pray your own DUA whatever you pray may Allah (SWT) accept our prayer. Ameen.


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      shegarlynn 5 years ago from United States

      InshaAllah!!! Thank you...

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      Uzma Shaheen Bhatti 5 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

      very beautiful and nice hub. may ALLAH bless you.aameen.

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      The Night of nisf (mid) Shaban

      Various Islamic scholars have recommended special worshiping during the night of 15th of Shaban. This is based on the saying (Hadith) of prophet Muhammad , the meaning of which is that during the night of 15th of Shaban, Allah will say "is there any person repenting so that I forgive him, and any person seeking provision so that I provide for him, and any person with distress so that I relieve him, and so on until dawn." reported by Ibn Majah.

      This is the night occurring between 14th and 15th day of Shaban. Traditions of Prophet Muhammad , show that it is a meritorious night in which the people of the earth are attended by special Divine Mercy.

      On the Night of 15th Shaban, after Maghrib or Isha prayer it is traditional practice to read Surah Yasin and make special supplications for good health, protection from calamities and increased Iman.

      According to tradition this night has special blessings that are directed towards the faithful. Therefore, as much as possible, this night should be spent in worship and total submission to Allah Almighty. Also, fasting is recommended on the day immediately following this Night, i.e. the 15th day of Shaban.

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      shegarlynn 5 years ago from United States

      Thank for visiting this site, according to the Islamic calendar 2012, the NIFS SHABAN 2012 IS TOMORROW JULY 5, 2012.

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      shegarlynn 5 years ago from United States

      Thank for visiting this site, according to the Islamic calendar 2012, the NIFS SHABAN 2012 IS TOMORROW JULY 5, 2012.

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      Crown Prince Khalid 5 years ago

      Which day precisely is 2012 Nifs Shaban?

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      shegarlynn 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks! Abu Fauziyah for dropping by! InshaAllah! Allah (SWT)will reward us whatever intention we have! Allah know best...

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      Abu Fauziyah 6 years ago

      Fine,may Allah reward you all abundantly.May He answer our duas and make us successful here on earth and on the day of Kiyamah(amin).

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      shegarlynn 8 years ago from United States

      Thanks Khalid for dropping by (.^.)

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      ironkhalid 8 years ago

      nice article



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