*AMAZING BENEFITS OF FASTING IN THE MONTH OF SHA’BAAN FROM A JUMAH KHUTBAH OF OUR SHEIKH SULAIMAN AL RUHAILI حفظه الله تعالى و رعاه*
The Sheikh mentioned many ahadeeth regarding fasting in the month of Sha’baan as narrated by our mothers Aishah and Um Salamah رضى الله عنهما.
Some of these ahadeeth mention that the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم used to fast *most* of Sha’baan and some state that he used to fast the *whole* of Sha’baan and join it with Ramadan.
The sheikh mentioned that the scholars have combined between these various ahadeeth in 2 different ways:
1. He صلى الله عليه و سلم used to alternate between the two. One year he would fast most of Sha’baan and other years he would fast all of it.
2. What is intended by “fasting all of it” is that he used to increase in fasting during Sha’baan and this is well known in the Arabic language. For example, a person may say “I prayed the whole night” and what he means by this, is that he prayed most of it since perhaps he slept during the night or ate and drank during the night.
This second way is what seems more apparent and stronger. That is to say the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم used to increase in fasting during Sha’baan to the extent that the one looking at him would think that he is fasting the whole month.
So if a person was to fast the whole of Sha’baan ,then he can do so as has come in some ahadeeth. However, if he was to fast most of it then this is better and more apparent.
As for the ahadeeth that prohibit starting to fast once it has reached the middle of Sha’baan, then the most correct saying of the scholars is that this prohibition applies to the person who does this out of caution [so as not to miss the beginning of] Ramadan. This prohibition becomes more severe if the individual does this when there only remains a day or two for Ramadan as has come in authentic ahadeeth.
As for the person who fasts in the first half of Sha’baan then it’s from the sunnah for him to continue in the second half.
If it is from one’s habit to fast certain days from a month and he doesn’t do so except in the second half of Sha’baan then it is allowed for him to fast those days. For example, a certain individual normally fasts 3 days from every month and once the month of Sha’baan enters he isn’t able to do so except in the second half. In this situation he can fast these 3 days and there is nothing wrong with this.
Likewise if one wants to fast on a Monday and Thursday during the second half of Sha’baan, he can do so even if he didn’t during the first half of the month.
Also, if a person was occupied during the first half of Sha’baan and wasn’t able to fast, but it became easy for him to do so during the second half, then he can fast and there is no harm in this, rather this is recommended. This is because as mentioned earlier, the prohibition applies to the one who starts fasting once he reaches the middle of Sha’baan due to being cautious of [not missing the beginning] of Ramadan.
This Khutbah was delivered on Friday 29/07/1437 corresponding to 06/05/2016.
Yasar A Rahman