Sha’baan is the month that falls before Ramadan and has certain significance as well. There are ahadith that show that the prophet fasted in the month of Sha’ban.
‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: “The Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to fast until we thought he would never break his fast, and not fast until we thought he would never fast. I never saw the Messenger of Allah fasting for an entire month except in Ramadan, and I never saw him fast more than he did in Sha’baan.” (Narrated by al-Bukhari, no. 1833; Muslim, no. 1956).
Usaamah ibn Zayd (may Allah be pleased with them both) said: “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, I do not see you fasting in any other month like you fast in Sha’baan.’ He said, ‘That is a month to which people do not pay attention, between Rajab and Ramadan, and it is a month in which deeds are lifted up to the Lord of the Worlds. I like for my deeds to be lifted up when I am fasting.’” (Narrated by al-Nasaa’i, see Saheeh al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb, page 425).
Abu Dawood (no. 2076) she said: “The most beloved of months for the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) to fast in was Sha’baan, and his fasting in Sha’baan was continuous with his fasting in Ramadan.” (Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani, see Saheeh Sunan Abi Dawood, 2/461).
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said to a man, “Have you fasted anything of the sirar of this month?” He said, “No.” He said: “If you have not fasted, then fast two days.” According to a report narrated by al-Bukhari: I think he meant Ramadan. According to a report narrated by Muslim, (the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)) said: “Have you fasted anything of the sirar of Sha’baan?” (Narrated by al-Bukhari, 4/2000; Muslim, no. 1161).
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