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3 Sha'baan, 1438 A.H.- April 30, 2017 Issue # 18, Newsletter #1704

Hadith of the Week

Imams must Give Equal Teachings to Women

Narrated Ibn Juraij: 'Ata' told me that he had heard Jabir bin 'Abdullah saying, "The Prophet stood up to offer the prayer of the 'Id ul Fitr. He first offered the prayer and then delivered the Khutba. After finishing it he got down (from the pulpit) and went towards the women and advised them while he was leaning on bilal's hand. bilal was spreading out his garment where the women were putting their alms." I asked 'Ata' whether it was the Zakat of 'Id ul Fitr. He said, "No, it was just alms given at that time. Some lady put her finger ring and the others would do the same." I said, (to 'Ata'), "Do you think that it is incumbent upon the Imam to give advice to the women (on 'Id day)?" He said, "No doubt, it is incumbent upon the Imams to do so and why should they not do so?"

[Sahih Bukhari. # 95. Book 15]



100 Muslims Received 5-page Jamaat al-Muslimeen Document after Juma'.
Info which Does not Reach Most Muslims in America.

On April 28, Jamaat al-Muslimeen reached out to Muslims in Philadelphia after juma' salat at a masjid just behind the University of Pennsylvania which is a stronghold of Israeli influences.

Most of the Muslims who received the Jamaat document were Africans and African Americans with a few Bangladeshis, Pakistanis and Malaysians.

The khutba was the kind Jamaat likes urging Mjuslims to oppose oppression and wrong doing and not to become oppressors themselves.

The 5 page document given to 100 Muslims contained the following:

  1. Pakistani students rise up against On Line blasphemy in the city of Mardan.

  2. Shias, Russia, USA bombing Muslims across Syria. Assad supporters hit by human bomber.

  3. Mosul, Iraq: 26 weeks of resistance against massive Shia army backed by USA.

  4. Hispanic Muslim Br, Solano's comment on Jamaat Muslimeen condemnation of big bomb dropped on Afghanistan.
  5. Qur'an does not allow us to support Trump or his "liberal" opponents. Condemn porno pouring into Muslim communities.

[Br. Kaukab Siddique.]

Political Prisoners :

with thanks to Sis.Kristi

 Sis Kristi

 Breaking News


Surprise, Surprise
April 27.

In the area of Nangarhar province where America had dropped its biggest bomb, Islamic State [IS] fighters engaged helicopter borne US troops. In several hours of fighting, two US elite troops were killed and one wounded. The fighters retreated when US troops called in air strikes. US says it was trying to kill the Emir of IS and did kill 35 Muslims but this could not be confirmed.

[US said it had killed 94 people with the big bomb but Pakistani urdu newspapaper said these were civilians. If all those killed were IS, there would have been no resistance when US troops arrived.]


April 28. Day of Rage in Occupied Palestine.

Ramallah, West Bank - At least 50 Palestinian protesters were injured in clashes with Israeli forces on a "day of rage" held across the occupied Palestinian territories to show solidarity with more than 1,500 prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli prisons.

The majority of injuries resulted from tear gas inhalation, while some protesters were shot with live or rubber bullets, a ministry spokesperson told Al Jazeera.

Director of Ramallah Hospital Ahmad Bitawi said more than 20 people were injured. He said most were leg injuries and not life threatening.

The "day of rage" was called for by Fatah and the national committee to support the prisoners' hunger strike.

In a statement issued last week, Fatah said the "excessive" practices of the Israeli occupation, particularly by the Israeli Prison Service, meant Palestinians should "clash with the occupier everywhere across our homeland".

On Friday, Palestinians across the occupied West Bank gathered at the solidarity tents set up before proceeding to nearby military checkpoints.

On a hillside overlooking the entrance to Ofer prison, where a number of the hunger-striking prisoners are detained, dozens of young men hurled stones at Israeli military vehicles



Helping the Needy and Deprived in Ethiopia

by Ashira Naim
[Jamaat al-Muslimeen.]

Dear Readers,

This year marks the 5th anive r sary of our acquaintance with Ethiopians in Ethiopia and our work to help the needy people on the streets of Addis, Adama, Dessie, and Awassa, etc. As we travel from one town to another, we do our best to help others in small er towns along the way . This year is di f feren t because we ha v e been more focused on finding a house to live in and c all our own rather than living in cheap yet still costly hotels.

A month ago, here in the town called Adama, we settled on a place that we are calling United Muslims in Ameica (UMIA) "Ambassador's House" . This simple but lovely place includes a welcoming garden and large living room and dining accomodations for guests. We are grateful to Allah for this opportunity and thankful to our sponsors, especially Brother Kaukab Siddique, for all the support given to accomplish this task.

Should you be granted a visa to visit this house, you would be delighted to know that the Adhan and sometimes the entire prayer recital can be heard throuh the windows of this house. There are 2 masajid near by. The most lovely birds of all sizes and colors visit daily. Above the garden area overhead is a rooftop made of grapevines which lend shade to the yard. In a couple of months its fruit should be seen. Also, there is a mango tree in the yard whose fruit is now visible as it begins to ripen.

Getting to Know the People

Now I don't presume to "know" all there is to know about Ethiopians. I can tell you that my appreciation for the people who came and picked up the broom, the dust rag, the mop and began helping me clean the house on my first day in it has truly grown. These were friends and acquaintances whom I met at the coffee stand outside the hotel almost daily. I just looked around and was truly amazed because I had not asked for their help. This kind of assistance is received in every sphere of activity in public, i.e., people (men and women) assisting with my language deficiency so that I can get where I'm going by taxi, buy produce or other items in the market, order food in the restaurant, and get along in public in general. The sisters and brothers are so open that when you get a laugh at something one of them says, it is a genuine good laugh and sometimes the laugh may be on you because to them, we are funny too.

Learning The Language

I am still looking for my Amharic teacher to begin my classes. The day before classes were to begin, my last teacher was seen heading for the bus to Addis Ababa to work. So, patience is truly a practice you will develop here. Things almost "never" go as planned; but with patience you can accomplish your task. Signs of impatience are strongly discouraged.

Muslim Business Women

Alhamdullilah, a few days ago I met a small group of muslim women who speak English. Tired from the ordeal of trying to pay my utility bill, I literally stumbled into this women's shop owned by one of the women. I had my envelope with my degree diploma which had finally arrived at the post office in my hand. So, as is customary, the women began questioning me--"where are you from?" "what is your name?" "where do you work?" They did not realize that I was almost out of breath from the trip to the post office and then up and down the stairs in that building to pay my utility bill, not to mention 2 trips around the building to the bank because the first trip found the ATM machine "temporarily out of service."

Anyway, I quickly gave one of them the envelope as I sat in a chair made available to me by the owner and caught my breath. I had learned to expect questions; whereas before, I would have retorted with my own question: "Are you with the CIA?" ���� Asking what we Americans would call "personal questions" is all a part of the Ethiopian culture; and now I have made friends with these women who have invited me to their homes for tea, etc. The shop owner's sister explained to me that she, too, has a much larger shop nearby. And I am looking forward to getting to know these sisters better during the Ramadan, Inshallah.

Employment Possibility- Muslim Doctor

Well, after they examined the diploma we discussed the prospect of my working with a wholistic doctor whose office is near the home of one of the sisters. It just so happened that I had been introduced to this doctor and visited his office last year. This year I visited his home and met his family. It was very inspiring to hear him speak of how together we can help his patients who would become my clients. How to better serve his patients seemed uppermost in his mind, and he made dua to this effect.

Suffice it to say that with the house rental and the attainment of part time work with this doctor, this year's stay in Ethiopia will have to be extended. There is a lot of good to come from an extended stay which we will discuss further in our next writing. With Ramadan right around the corner those Believers who made pledges to help people on the streets in Ethiopia but were unable to make their contribution before I left can still do so. Contributions are needed and should be sent payable to Masjid Jamaat al Muslimeen (note: for Ethiopia) 4624 York Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21212. May Allah reward all the Believers who strive with their goods and their persons with a truly blessed Ramadan. Amen.


Massive Support for Illegal Immigrants in America
by Kaukab Siddique

The American people, by and large, do not hate immigrants even if they are illegal. Looks like Trump's campaign against illegals is dead on arrival . About 200 cities are sheltering illegals and refuse to use police against people who have committed no crime. Now a court has blocked Trump's move against the cities. I always thought that the American people are not our enemies.

Obama was much cleverer than Trump. He deported huge numbers of people without any significant publicity.

Invitation to Think from Br.Robert Solano

 Br Robert Solano

When an adult accepts Islam, what difficulties he/she faces?
We are angry with Israel but how should we respond in a way which helps our community & Defeats Israel?

Assalamus Alaikum,

I want to share certain views, which might not be correct but they do bring some light into getting to know better those that reverted to Islam as adults.

As many of you know, I took my Shahada in 1995. I had very little knowledge about Islam at that time but there was no doubt that the last Holy Prophet of Allah on earth is Muhammad (pbuh), and that Sure 112 is correct and that it came from Allah. But many would say I was not a good Muslim since I had very little knowledge of the Hadiths. Hadiths are an important part of Islam in that it enhances our ability to worship and value Allah's laws.

I felt back in 1995 that I was prepared to face the Final Judgment Day and at that time many would agree that I was. I had been forgiven for past sins based on the fact that I had very little knowledge of the proper rules for a good Muslim.
But what can we say about those who have lived for many years as an adult and still ignore not only the Hadiths but also the Holy Qur'an? Yes, there are many who do. Fortunately, Allah is very forgiving and in the Final Judgment Day our intentions will be taken into consideration.

So we have all to agree that there are over one billion Muslims in the world but not all are good Muslims. Some say they are not Muslims. But I fear to go that far in my definition since they do believe and follow the Pillars of Islam to the best of their ability. Yet the question comes up as to how we should deal with those brother Muslims who are misguided and who take actions that they are convinced are not contrary to Islam but we know better.

Ever since the State of Israel was created with stolen land from the inhabitants of Palestine, many Muslim have reacted in a manner that we get confused with it. Their intention is to fight and at times retaliate against those in Israel (an Israeli government census revealed that 60% of the adults are self described atheists), that are committing acts of violence and racist apartheid, against Christian and Muslim Palestinians. There is no argument that a Muslim is the brother of another Muslim: many times even if that Muslim is misguided, confused and involve in questionable actions.

I am still not knowledgeable about what we are to do in these cases. Sometimes I just feel like turning off the TV and the problem. Yet at times the problem hits home such as our U.S. President denying decent Muslims entrance into the US even when they hold valid Visas or US Residence. And then comes the question: Am I required to take actions which are not beneficial personally to me and even risk retaliation from my own government? I don't think so. Our U.S. Constitution gives us plenty of ways to overthrow these policies in a Constitutional way. Allah Knows Best.

- Br. Robert Solano lives in Texas and is a member of the Jamaat al-Muslimeen leadership team. He's conducted da'wa over the past several decades to the Hispanic community and given the Spanish translation of the Qur'an to more than 500 people.



Islamic Group Seeks Unity with Jamaate Islami. Sirajul Haq Says Sharia Can Bring all groups Together.
by Ameer al-Azeem & Qaisar Sharif.

LAHORE, Apr. 30: Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Senator Sirajul Haq, has said that the unity of the religious forces was inevitable for safeguarding the Islamic identity of the country.

Addressing the Ijtema of the Jamiat e Talaba Arabia at Mansoora, he said that the colonial powers and international establishment were conspiring to undo the Islamic identity of this country and unfortunately, the country's rulers were also advancing the enemy agenda.

Sirajul Haq said the row between the state institutions on DAWN leaks was due to the incompetence and mishandling of the issue by the government. He said that the DAWN leaks report was out a day before its being made public. He asked the Interior Minister to explain who was responsible for this lapse.

The JI chief impressed upon the religious leadership to sink their petty differences and unite on one platform. He said that the safeguarding the country's identity was far more important at this stage than the personal and party considerations. He said if the religious forces did not realize their real role at this juncture and stuck to their minor differences, the new generation of those loyal to the East India Company would not hesitate in playing with the country's solidarity.

Sirajul Haq said that the poor masses had always offered sacrifices for the country while the so called elite had been compromising on vital national interests for personal gains.

He said that the country at present was facing conspiracies both from within and outside and its defense was a sacred Jehad.

He said there was no obstacle in the unity of the religious forces as the common goal before them was the enforcement of the Shariah. He said that the differences of the Ulema always benefitted the vested interests.

Sirajul Haq said that the JIT investigations would reveal the corruption of the ruling family and it was honorable for the Prime Minister to resign at this stage. He said the lesson of history was that Pride hath a fall, and the present rulers should also learn

War News

 War News


Islamic State Trying to enter Aleppo. US-Backed Kurds Enter al-Tabaqa. Opposition Groups Fighting Each other.

April 28-30. Opposition groups at the outskirts of Damascus are fighting each and have inflicted heavy losses on each other. [Assad must be smiling. Probably they are competing to enter Damascus but killing each other.]

April 29. Islamic State launched an attack to enter Aleppo. It succeeded in cutting the road from Aleppo to Assad's forces south of Aleppo. Russian bombing has stopped their advance.

April 29. US coalition bombed al-Raqqa, the IS capital, killing 6 civilians including 4 women [Source SOHR]. Kurdish Communist forces entered al-Tabaqa, which is on the way to Al-Raqqa. Heavy fighting is going on beteen IS forces and the US backed Kurds.

Russian aircraft bombed Kafr Zitta killing 8 civilians.

Turkish forces attacked Kurdish communists in north east Syria including intense bombing. Kurds incurred scores of dead and wounded.


Mosul. Week 28. Trump Week 14.

Islamic State Forces fanning out in Various Parts of Iraq. Shia Advance into West Mosul Fails Again.

All week the Shia armada trying to enter West Mosul has been forced to retreat. The Shia commanders are claiming that "Daesh" as they call the Islamic State is continuing to use human bombers and snipers to inflict heavy losses.

In an attempt to advance the forces lost their commander to the IS fighters. Here is how it was reported in Arab News of May 1 [time difference in Iraq] that 18 regime troops were killed along with their commander. The overall commander has been sacked.

Meanwhile IS raiders attacked Rutba on the Baghdad-Jordan highway killing 10 regime troops and wounding 20. The oil pipeline was used by the Kurdish-Shia regime used to pump oil to Israel.

Raids are also reported near Kirkuk and Baghdad and in Diyala.


Indications that Big Bombing Campaign by US is Coming up.
[Courtesy The Intercept]

U.S. officials this week requested the geographic coordinates of aid groups working in Somalia, according to a document obtained by The Intercept — a move that could indicate an escalation of military action against the Shabab. The notice to NGOs comes a month after President Trump declared portions of the country an "area of active hostilities," giving the military wider scope to launch strikes that could potentially kill more civilians.

"Due to the need for increased operational security in Somalia, and based on best practices in other complex emergencies, humanitarian and development organizations may want to provide information about their fixed locations in Somalia for deconfliction," states the letter, written by USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance and intended for "all international and local humanitarian and development organizations with operations in Somalia." Aid groups have an extensive presence in Somalia, where the government declared a state of disaster in February due to crippling drought and food shortages.

The document, dated April 24, provides instructions for how groups should share coordinates of offices, hospitals, refugee camps, and other facilities. "Please be aware that all information submitted ... will be used to inform U.S. military planners about the location of humanitarian and development personnel," it says. It also includes a bold-type warning that providing the information does not "guarantee the safety of personnel, vehicles, facilities, or sites. Entities operating in this environment continue to do so at their own risk."

Such deconfliction efforts are not uncommon in the context of intense or prolonged U.S. military operations, such as Afghanistan. This week's letter is similar in wording to one received by NGOs in 2014, at the outset of the anti-ISIS campaign in Iraq and Syria. In Yemen, the United States briefly shepherded NGO coordinates from nonprofits to the Saudi-led coalition at the start of its military campaign there in early 2015. The Obama administration also requested coordinates in Libya last year, when it similarly declared parts of the country areas of active hostilities.
But for Somalia, such an encompassing request is novel. Taken with Trump's declaration of active hostilities, the note suggests that it's a question not of if, but when, more airstrikes will take place.

News Within the U.S.

 News within the US

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
[We report, you decide.]

Trump Celebrates. "liberals" Groan & Grumble.
[by New Trend's media monitor]

On April 29, the 100th day of his presidency, Trump addressed a gathering of more than 7000 people in Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania.
He called for unity of all Americans, regardless of race or religion.

For Muslims, it is important to note that he hit hard core Zionist media CNN and MSNBC which have been misleading the public for 8 years under Obama.

Trump specially targeted Sen. Schumer, the pro-Israeli hawk from New York.

We urge Trump to delegitimize homosexuality and random sex.

Outside the meeting, scores of "liberals" protested and chanted against Trump..

What a sorry group of losers!

[We urge Muslims not to take sides. Let the non-Muslims fight each other. For 8 years puppet Muslim groups did not organize the Muslims of America and gave a blank check to the Zionist power structure.. This has left Muslims in a very vulnerable situation.]



How to Spot Dangerous False News
By David Merlin

Facebook has announced that it is taking out ads in major German publications that tell readers how to spot fake news with tips on how to identify spurious news items. We at CODOH have a few tips on how to spot the most dangerous types of False News.

 Colin Powell

TIP ONE- Be suspicious of anyone who tells you there is a small group of conspirators on the other side of the World who have secret weapons and are about to attack you.

And two Trillion dollars and countless dead later

 President Johnson

TIP TWO- Do not trust anyone who claims that the war they want you to get into will be over quickly; this includes invasions, peace keeping actions, wars on drugs or poverty.

President Johnson signing the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 (the War on Poverty)Leyenda

 German Justice Minister Heiko Maas

TIP THREE- Never give up your civil liberties to someone who tells you that they are fighting Witches, Terrorists, Child pornography, or Hate.

German Justice Minister Heiko Maas announcing that "Social-network providers are responsible when their platforms are misused to propagate hate crimes and fake news..."

We at CODOH think that the most dangerous False News is the false news which comes from governments. We think that a Free and Open Internet is the best defense against governmental misinformation and propaganda.

Remember, people die when governments lie

[Courtesy CODOH, Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust.]



[Muslims often follow incorrect religion.]
Sha'baan: Misconceptions and Realities
By Asma Bint Shameem
[Houston, Texas]

Growing up in Pakistan, the month of Sha'baan would bring in a lot of excitement and celebration. And that was because celebrating the night of the fifteenth of Sha'baan was a big thing and considered a very virtuous act, indeed. Men would gather in the masjid while the women prepared 'Halwas' and sweets, preparations were made for all night vigils or "Shabeenas" as they were called, buses were made available to take the men to visit the graveyards and flyers were distributed to everyone containing a long list of 'special prayers' so that they could stay up all night praying.

But, Alhamdulillaah, how Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta'ala protects His Deen. When Allaah enabled me to study this beautiful religion of ours, all that changed.

I realized that all those 'special prayers', all those night vigils, all those Halwas and all those graveyard visits were really not the way of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam).

In fact all that was far...

far away from his Sunnah and the Sharee'ah that he brought.

And so I thought I would bring to attention some of the misconceptions and wrong ideas attached to this month as this ignorance and innovation has become so rampant, that it has become a sort of an epidemic, not only in Pakistan but in practically every Muslim community that exists.

Misconception #1:
The night of the 15th of Sha'baan should be singled out for prayer, worship, etc


Our best example and role model is the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) and he never, ever singled out this night for worship or qiyaam nor did his Sahaabah.

Shaykh Ibn Baaz said:

"There is no saheeh hadeeth concerning the night of the fifteenth of Sha'baan. All the ahaadeeth that have been narrated concerning that are mawdoo' (fabricated) and da'eef (weak), and have no basis. There is nothing special about this night, and no recitation of Qur'aan or prayer, whether alone or in congregation, is specified for this night. What some of the scholars have said about it being special is a weak opinion. It is not permissible to single it out for any special actions. This is the correct view. And Allaah is the Source of strength."

(Fataawa Islamiyyah, 4/511)

Misconception #2:
There are special prayers to be offered on this night.


The truth of the matter is that there are NO special prayers to be offered on this night specifically. And all those 'ahaadeeth' giving you long lists of special 'formulas' that are "supposed to guarantee you Allaah's forgiveness and Jannah" are all fabricated, false and innovations in our Deen.

If there were such prayers, the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) would have told us about them and we would have had evidence of him and the Sahaabah doing it.

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said:

I tell you, by Allaah, that I have warned and commanded and prohibited things that are as important as what is in the Qur'aan, if not more so."

(Abu Dawud-- Saheeh by al-Albaani)

Misconception #3:
Allaah descends to the first heavens on this night to forgive us.


Allaah's descending to the first heaven does not only happen on the night of the fifteenth of Sha'baan. Rather it happens every single night of the year.

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said:

"EVERY NIGHT when it is the last third of the night, our Lord, the Superior, the Blessed, descends to the nearest heaven and says: Is there anyone to invoke Me that I may respond to his invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone asking My forgiveness so that I may forgive him?. "


Thus, when 'Abd-Allaah ibn al-Mubaarak was asked about the descent of Allaah on the night of the fifteenth of Sha'baan, he said to the one who asked him:

"O weak one! The night of the fifteenth?! He descends every night!"

Misconception #4:
This is the night when our fate, lifespan, and provisions are decreed.


Some people think that the "blessed night" (laylatim-mubarakah) mentioned in Surah ad-Dukhaan (44)Ayah 3, refers to the night of 15th Shabaan, when Allah decrees our lifespan, provisions and fate.

In fact, they even pray 6 rakahs, 2 for each of these things.

However, all that is fabricated and far, far away from the Sunnah. And, in reality, the "blessed night" mentioned in Surah ad-Dukhaan, actually is referring to Laylatul Qadr that comes in Ramadhaan. (Tafseer Ibn Kathir of Surah al-Qadr)

Zayd ibn Aslam said:

"We never saw any of our shaykhs or fuqaha' saying that Laylat al-Baraa'ah (15 Sha'baan) had any superiority over other nights."

And Ibn Dihyah said:

"The hadeeths about the prayer on Laylat al-Baraa'ah are fabricated and one has an interruption in the isnaad. Anyone who acts upon a report which is known to be false is a servant of the Shaytaan."

(Tadhkirat al-Mawdoo'aat by al-Fatni)

Misconception #5:
One should fast on the day of the fifteenth.


Here again, there is no saheeh reports that tell us that the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) or his Sahaabah ever picked this day specifically to fast.

The Sunnah of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) was to fast most of this month and not just the 15th.

However, if the fifteenth of Sha'baan coincides with a Monday or Thursday, or with the three white days or if a person is generally fasting, without associating seeking extra rewards to fasting this specific day, then it is allowed. (Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid)

Misconception #6:
This is the night when the souls of departed ones return to their families.


Some people misunderstand the ayaat in Surah al-Qadr and think that the "Sending down of the Ruh" as mentioned in this Surah refers to the souls of dead people returning to see their families, even though it refers to Jibreel (Tafseer Ibn Kathir).

And that is why we see women preparing the sweets, the Halwas and other 'goodies' for the souls of their loved ones.

Not only is that in itself an erroneous, deviant belief and bid'ah, but to believe that the souls of the dead can return back to the world and meet with their relatives is also totally incorrect and false.

The teachings of the Qur'aan and the Sunnah clearly state that the souls of the dead do not return back to the world.

Besides, they don't even eat the Halwas. It is actually you who eats it!

Misconception #7:
Visiting graveyards especially this night is something good.


Although the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) encouraged visiting graves, he forbade singling out any day or night for any kinds of good deeds if it is not prescribed in the Shari'ah.

And he did not specifically visit the graveyard on the night of the 15th of Sha'baan.

The hadeeth of Aisha that mentions that the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) visited the graveyard this night is not authentic and thus does not have any proof for visiting graves specifically on this night of Sha'baan.

Misconception #8:
Even if the ahaadeeth about worship on this night are weak, one can still do it.


The correct scholarly view is that weak ahaadeeth should not be followed at all, even if they speak of righteous deeds or of targheeb and tarheeb (promises and warnings).

The saheeh reports are sufficient and the Muslim has no need to follow the da'eef reports.

Shaykh Ahmad Shaakir said:

"There is no difference between rulings or righteous deeds; we do not take any of them from da'eef reports, rather no one has the right to use any report as evidence unless it is proven to be soundly narrated from the Messenger of Allaah (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) in a saheeh or hasan hadeeth. "

Misconception #9:
Look at all those people doing it. How can they all be wrong?


The Muslim is supposed to refer to Allaah and His Messenger (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam)'s Sunnah, if there is any confusion or dispute about matters and NOT what the rest of the world is doing.

"O you who believe! Obey Allaah and obey the Messenger and those of you who are in authority. (And) if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allaah and His Messenger, if you believe in Allaah and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for final determination."

Shaykh Ibn Jibreen said:

"These reports about

worship and fasting on the 15th of Sha'baan) became very well known in some countries which were overwhelmed by ignorance; One should not be deceived by the large numbers of ignorant people who do these things."

The REAL Sunnah regarding Sha'baan

If you truly and sincerely want to please Allaah and do deeds that will be acceptable to Him, then follow the REAL Sunnah of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam). Here is what is proven in the authentic sunnah:

  1. Fast most of this month as much as you can.

    Aa'ishah Radhi Allaahu anha said:

    "I never saw the Messenger of Allaah fasting for an entire month except in Ramadaan, and I never saw him fast more than he did in Sha'baan."

    (Bukhaari, Muslim)

    Why so much stress on fasting Sha'baan?

    Usaamah ibn Zayd said:

    "I said, 'O Messenger of Allaah, I do not see you fasting in any month more than in Sha'baan.' He said, 'That is a month concerning which many people are heedless, between Rajab and Ramadaan. It is the month is which people's deeds are taken up to the Lord of the Worlds, and I would like my deeds to be taken up whilst I am fasting.'"

    (Hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Nasaa'i)

  2. However, if you are weak or do not fast habitually and feel that this nafil fasting may be a hindrance to your obligatory fasting in the month of Ramadhaan, then the person may stop the nafil fasting in the last few days of this month.

    And for such a person, the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said:

    "When Sha'baan is half over, do not fast."
    (saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi).

  3. If you're used to fasting

    If you are used to fasting such as every other day or every Monday and Thursday, then its okay to continue to fast even in the last half of this month.

    The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said:

    "Do not anticipate Ramadaan by fasting one or two days before it begins, but if a man habitually fasts, then let him fast."

    (al-Bukhaari, Muslim)

  4. If you have fasts left over from last Ramadhaan to make up, then hurry up and do so in this month of Sha'baan before the next Ramadhaan comes.

    It is not permissible to delay missed fasts until after the following Ramadhaan, except in cases of necessity (such as a valid excuse that continues between the two Ramadhaans).

Aa'ishah RA said:

'It used to be that I had days to make up for Ramadhaan and I would not be able to do so except in Sha'baan."


And Allaah knows best.

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