Nisfu Sya'ban falls on the 15th day of the month of Sya'ban according to the Hijrah calendar.

During this month, Muslims are encouraged to perform special prayers in the hopes of obtaining blessings and forgiveness from Allah (SWT) and to fast.

On the evening of Nisfu Sya'ban, it's a common practice for Muslims to recite the Surah Yasin after the Maghrib prayers, followed by special doa or prayers.

Meanwhile, the sighting of the moon to determine the first day of the fasting month of Ramadhan will take place on August 31, 2008.

Doa Nisfu Syaaban

Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Eve of Nisfu Sha'ban

The Eve of Nisfu Sha'ban

The eve itself is full of blessing and mercy, second only to the night of Power (Laylatul Qadr).

Our Mistress Aishah, may God be pleased with her, relates that our Master the Prophet, prayer and peace be on him, did not sleep on that night as described in a hadith narrated by Imam al-Baihaqy r.a. - the Prophet of God, prayer and peace be on him, rose in the night (of nisfu sha'ban) and prayed, and so long was his prostration that I thought he had passed on. When I saw that I touched his toe and he moved. Then I drew back and heard him, prayer and peace be on him, say in his prostration, "O God, I ask forgiveness from You from whatever is to be sent down, and I ask your pleasure instead of your wrath. I cannot measure praise to You as You praise Yourself. After he, prayer and peace be on him, had finished his prayer, he said to Aishah r.a., tonight is the night of nisfu sha'ban. Indeed God has come to His slave on this night and given forgiveness for them who asked for forgiveness, and gave mercy to those who give mercy, and He delays mercy and forgiveness to those who hate.

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