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I would like to know all the importance, prayers and fastings of the month of rajab and shaban

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I would like to know all the importance, prayers and fastings of the month of rajab and shaban.We pray nafals on the 27th night of rajab -shab-e-meraj and 15th night of shaban -shab-e-baraat. we fast on those two days(27th rajab and 15th shaban). On 13th of shabaan it is said to be idd of all those who are dead and so we pray for them and we feed the poor and send the sawaab to our beloved dead. On the 14th of shaban it is said to be rozi ki idd and so we cook seven food items for barkath throughout the year.


I would like to know, all that is written in the quran and hadith(sahih) about these two months and the above practices that we follow. If it is not there ,then how did these practices begin
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Bida of Rajab Shaaban & Shabe Baraat

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 33 Surah Ahzab verse 21:

There is indeed the best example for you to follow in the Messenger of Allah, for every such person looks forward to Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much.

 

Dear and Beloved sister in Islam, it is the solemn belief of every true believer who sincerely fears Allah and the Last Day, that there was, is, or never will be anyone in the annuls of creation who worshipped Allah Subhanah more or better than the Noble Last and Final Messenger of Allah, Mohamed ar-Rasool Allah (saws)!

 


To the best of our knowledge, there is absolutely not even an iota of evidence in the authentic and established Sunnah or tradition of the Noble Prophet (saws) that he would make a particular prayer or a specific fast especially for the months of Rajab or Shaabaan, nor did he (saws) fast on the 27th or Rajab, nor the 15th of Shaabaan, nor did he (saws) declare that the 13th of Shaabaan to be an eid for the dead, nor did he (saws) declare the 14th of Shaabaan to be rozi-ki-eid, nor was it his practice to cook seven food items on that particular or any day for barakah!!!

 

When the Messenger of Allah (saws) did not perform these rites and rituals nor did he (saws) ever endorse such rites, then it is absolutely evident that these rites are not and cannot be considered a part of Islam; but are rituals which the ignorant have created themselves without any authority.

 

If anyone ever comes up with any act of worship like celebration, commemoration, or prescribes importance to any prayer, or fast, or night or day, or invents, innovates, or adds anything in the deen of Islam which is not endorsed by the Noble Prophet (saws), then it implies one of three things:

  1. that the person who claims that worship is due on this specific night in this specific way loves and worships Allah more than the Noble Prophet (saws)!!!
  2. or, that the person knows more than the Noble Prophet (saws)!!!
  3. or, that the person has received revelations from Allah Subhanah after the death of the Prophet Mohamed (saws)!!!

 

Allah is our witness sister, if anyone in the annuls of creation ever claims to have any of the above three qualities is nothing more than a confirmed and manifest liar!; for Allah is our witness, no man in the annuls of creation loved or worshipped their Lord more than Prophet Mohamed (saws), no man in the annuls of creation had more knowledge of the Truth than the Noble Prophet Mohamed (saws), and Allah is our witness, the Last and Final Revelations of The Lord Most Majestic were revealed on Prophet Mohamed (saws), and there is none who will or can receive revelations after him (saws)!

 

If one brings, invents, adds or innovates any act or deed in religion which has not been specifically endorsed by Allah and His Messenger (saws), then it has to be a bida (an innovation in the religion after the deen was completed on Prophet Mohamed (saws)), and Allah is our witness, every innovation in the deen of Islam is an error in the Sight of Allah Subhanah!

 

Sahih Muslim Hadith 1885 Narrated by Jabir ibn Abdullah

That the Prophet of Allah (saws) said in a sermon: The best speech is that which is embodied in the Book of Allah, the Al Quran; and the best guidance is the guidance given by me, Mohamed (saws). The most evil affairs are the innovations (bida), and every innovation (bida) is an error.

 

My dear and beloved sister, all the rites and rituals you have mentioned are no more than innovations made to the pure and perfect deen of Islam long after the death of the Messenger of Allah (saws), and all such innovated acts of worship have absolutely no weight in the Sight of Allah Subhanah!

 

Your Question: If it is not there ,then how did these practices begin?

Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4515 Narrated by Ali ibn AbuTalib

That the Prophet of Allah (saws) said: If anyone introduces an innovation (bida in religion), he will be responsible for it. If anyone introduces an innovation (bida) or gives shelter to a man who introduces an innovation (bida), he is cursed by Allah, by His Angels, and by all the people!

 

Whatever acts of worship the Noble Messenger of Allah (saws) did himself, endorsed, and commanded the believers to do are aptly recorded in his established and authentic Sunnah. All the rites and rituals which you have mentioned were neither performed, nor endorsed, nor commanded by the Messenger of Allah (saws), thus it is absolutely evident that they must have been added as rites and rituals by the ignorant after his death.

 

The Prophet (saws) said: The most evil affairs are the innovations (bida), and every innovation (bida) is an error; thus every believer who sincerely believes in Allah and the Last Day must stay clear and abstain from ever practicing or indulging in any innovation in this pure and perfect deen of Al-Islam.

 

If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of never ever being misled; but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of being led astray.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

Burhan

 


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