Shafaqna India: Sha’ban holds a special significance as a month dedicated to the Leader of the Prophets (PBUH). He would observe fasts during Sha’ban and often combine it with the month of Ramadan. He emphasized the importance of Sha’ban, stating, “Sha’ban is a month dedicated to me. Whoever observes one fast during my month will assuredly enter paradise.”
Imam Ja’far Sadiq (as) reported that at the start of Sha’ban, Imam Zainul Abideen (as) would gather his companions and remind them of the Prophet’s (PBUH) words regarding the sanctity of the month. He encouraged fasting during Sha’ban out of love for the Prophet (PBUH) and to draw closer to Allah. It is believed that fasting in Sha’ban, motivated by love for the Prophet (PBUH) and a desire for spiritual closeness to Allah, establishes a special bond with the Almighty. This bond is said to lead to divine favor and the assurance of paradise on the Day of Judgment.
General Amaal for the month of Sha’ban
Imam Ali bin Husayn Al Zainul Abideen (as) told his companions: “The Holy Prophet (saw) used to observe fast during the whole month of Sha’-ban. Therefore whosoever, in love of the Holy Prophet (saw), wishes to seek nearness to Allah and receive bounties, favours and rewards in this world and in the Hereafter, must connect Sha’ban with Ramadhan (in the matter of fasting and special prayers).
“What are the best deeds that should be done in Sha`ban.” The Imam (a.s) answered, “Almsgiving and seeking forgiveness are the best deeds in Sha`ban. Verily, if anyone of you gives alms in Sha`ban, Almighty Allah will breed that alms in the very same way as you breed your small camels. Hence, this alms will be as huge as Mount Uhud on the Resurrection Day.” It is a rescue from Hell Fire
According to narrations, the best supplications and invocations that are recited in Sha`ban are the prayers of seeking forgiveness of Almighty Allah (i.e. istighfar). Hence, to seek Almighty Allah’s forgiveness seventy times a day in Sha`ban is equal to seeking His forgiveness seventy Thousand times a day in the other months.
Recite 70 times each day :
اسْتَغْفِرُ ٱللَّهَ وَاسْالُهُ ٱلتَّوْبَة
astagfirullaaha wa as-aluhut tawbah
I seek forgiveness of Allah, and, repentant, beseech Him.
اسْتَغْفِرُ ٱللَّهَ ٱلَّذِي لاَ إِلٰهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ ٱلرَحْمٰنُ ٱلرَّحِيمُ ٱلْحَيُّ ٱلْقَيُّوْمُ وَاتُوبُ إِلَيْهِ
astaghfirullaahallad’ee laa ilaaha illa huwar rahmano rah’eemul h’ayyul qayyoomu wa atoobu ilayhi
I seek forgiveness of Allah who is “There is no God save He”, the Beneficent, the Merciful; the Ever living, the Eternal, and I turn repentant to Him
Recite the following 1000 times, at any time within the month
لاَ إِلٰهَ إِلاَّ ٱللَّهُ وَلاَ نَعْبُدُ إِلاَّ إِيَّاهُ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ ٱلدِّينَ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ ٱلْمُشْرِكُون
laa ilaaha illallaahu wa laa naa’-budu illaa iyyaahu mukhlis’eena lahud deen wa law karihal mushrikoon
There is no god save Allah. We do not worship save “He” alone, making religion pure for Him (only), however much the disbelievers be averse.
Recite the following every night after 15th.
اللّهُمَّ إنْ لَمْ تَكُنْ غَفَرْتَ لَنَا فِيمَا مَضَى مِنْ شَعْبَانَ فَاغْفِرْ لَنَا فِيمَا بَقِيَ مِنْهُ.
Allaahumma In Lam Takun Ghafarta Lanaa Feema Maz”aa Min Shaa’baana Faghfirlanaa Feema Baqiya Minhu
O Allah if Thou has not forgiven us during the previous days of Shaban, then please be merciful to us in the days now follow
On every Thursday Fasting is recommended and Recite 2 Rak-a’t Salat. In every Rak-a’t, after the recitation of Soorah Al Faatih’ah, recite Soorah Al Ikhlaas 100 times. After the Salaam recite Salawaat 100 times
The report adds that God Almighty fulfills a score of their needs relating to the world and score of needs relating to the hereafter,
Traditions state that heavens are adorned every thursday of Shaban month & angels plead with God to forgive those who fast on it & answer their supplications Recite the Special Salawaat taught by Imam Ali bin Husayn Al Zaynul Aabideen (as)daily at Noon
Recite Salwat as much as possible
Recite the Recite Munajat e Shabaniyah with presence of heart. 4 units Salat, in each unit (Rak’at) after Surah-al-Hamd recite 50 times Surah-at-Tawheed Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustafā (saws) said “If a person recites this in the month of Sha’ban a , then during death his spirit will be removed with ease, and his grave will become spacious, and on the day of Qiyamat when he comes out of his grave, his face will be shining bright like a full moon and ‘Kalmae Shahadat’ will be on his lips.” Recite Holy Quran as much as you can. When Abū Salt al-Harawī visited Imam Ali al-Ridā as in the last week of Sha‘bān, the Imam advised him saying: O Abū Salt . . . devote yourself to what is beneficial for you. Supplicate a lot and do istighfār. Read as much of the Glorious Quran as you can.
Special Salat for each night of Shaban
On Every Friday in Shaban Recite Ziarat Jamia Kabira ( Madrasatul Qaim as per Ayt Qadhi Tabatabai teacher of Irfaniyat to Imam Khomeini.
Recite Tahajjud and All Nafila Salat and visit Graveyard once a week.