If one fasts for 12 days during Shaaban.
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Pls advise if its true that if one fasts for 12 days during Shaaban, 70,000 angels will come down on the first night of one being buried, that is to give one company and to pray for the soul. Pls advise.
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Fasting in shaban
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The Prophet (saws) would fast most of the month of Sha'ban. Hadrat Aishah (r.a.) said: "I never saw the Messenger of Allah (saws) fast a complete month save for Ramadan, and I have never seen him (saws) fast more in a month than he did in the month of Sha'ban."
Related by al-Bukhari and Muslim.
Usamah ibn Zaid (r.a.) inquired: "O Messenger of Allah (saws), I never find you fasting in any month like you do during the month of Sha'ban." The Prophet (saws) responded: "That is a month the people neglect. It comes between (the months of) Rajab and Ramadan. It is a month in which the deeds are raised to the Lord of the Worlds. I love that my deeds be raised while I am fasting."
Related by Abu Dawud, an-Nasa'i, and by Ibn Khuzaimah.
As meritorious and rewarding the voluntary fasting in the month of Shaabaan are, to the best of our knowledge we have not come across such a narration in the collection of authentic ‘hadiths’ whereby the Messenger of Allah (saws) declared that twelve days of voluntary fasting in Shabaan would bring about the specific rewards as mentioned in your note ….and Allah Alone Knows Best.
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