Preparing for Ramadan – Sha’aban 2 – 15 Nisfu Sha’ban Lailat ul Bara’at

Full moon of Sha’ban

Lailat-ul-Bara’at or Shab e Barat (as it is known in the Indian Sub-continent) is the night of the full moon of the Islamic month of Sha’ban. Some scholars equate this night with Lailat Mubaraka (night of blessing) which is mentioned in the Qur’an. This is considered a very auspicious night for prayer and asking of forgiveness from Allah (swt). In English it can also be translated as night of emancipation, night of forgiveness or night of freedom or night of deliverance. It is also a preparation for the fasting and prayers during the holy month of Ramadhan. It is the special night of seeking forgiveness and repenting to God (tauba), remembering past sins and sincerely settling the mind that one will never commit sins in the future.

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Preparing for Ramadhan – Sha’ban 1

السلام عليكم

Shaban
Sha’ban

My dear brothers and sisters. This week we enter the month of Sha’ban, alhamdul’illah. It is a great gift that Allah (swt) has allowed us to again come to this time of the year. And in one month, insha’allah we will enter the most blessed month of Ramadan. Sha’ban is a great opportunity for us to think about the things we need to from the past year and to look forward to and prepare for Ramadan.

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Shaban 1443

Shaban
Shaban

With the coming of Shaban we are reminded that our beloved guest, Ramadan, will soon be here. We prepare our innermost self for the arrival and pray that Allah (swt) will bring us once again to that sacred meeting.

“Sweep out the chambers of your heart, make it ready to be the dwelling place of the beloved.” – Shabistari

‘A’ishah (ra) said: “The Messenger (saw) 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’ban.” (Narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim).

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March 2 (CE Calendar) Urs Murshida Sophia Saintsbury-Green 1939CE

Cover of “Images of Inayat”

I could not find a picture of Murshida Sophia, the image here is of the cover of her well known book “Images of Inayat”. If anyone has more information about her, please pass them on to us to we can improve this post in the future.

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27 Rajab Urs Hazat Junaid Baghdadi, Baghdad, 297or 298AH

Tomb of Hazrat Junaid Baghdadi

http://www.aulia-e-hind.com/dargah/Intl/junaidbagdadi.htm

This link above is to a very good article about Junaid Baghdadi (ra) and his life. He is one of the most important influences in early Sufism. What is mentioned here is only a portion of the information at that website.

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