Are we supposed to fast in mid-Shaaban?

What is the correct ruling on fasting in the middle of the month of Sha`baan (the 8th month of the lunar calendar)?

There is no authentic Sunna about it, so if you fast, it will be a voluntary fast with no special importance attached to it. The Prophet (PBUH) often fasted much of Sha`baan, but never all of it. He must have, by chance, have fasted the middle day, but it wasn’t for any particular significance of the day. In fact, a hadeeth, narrated by Abu-Hurayra and reported by Ibn Hanbal and others says that the Prophet (PBUH) forbade fasting the second half of Sha`baan.

There are opinions in the literature that the Quran was sent down from the Preserved Tablet and given to angel Gabriel on the 15th of Sha`baan. But none of those narrations is attributed to the Prophet (PBUH) nor authentic, therefore should not be believed.

3 Responses to “Are we supposed to fast in mid-Shaaban?”

  1. Aapa says:

    Brother,

    I heard the kuthba and the imam stated many weak hadiths can be construed as strong. We were encouraged to fast and pray on July 17th.
    I am confused. Or is this a subcontinental thing?

    • noclash says:

      If ten untrustworthy people came to you with the same story, does that make you believe it?

      To encourage something in the religion, that neither God nor His Messenger have encouraged, is to invent in the religion. That is what Bid`a is.

  2. Aapa says:

    Brother,

    You made sense.

    Lets talk about Ramadan. How do we make our fasts sincere.

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