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The Islamic Calendar, The Month of Sha’ban & the Holy Night, Nisfu Sha’ban (Sha’ban 14-15, 1436 / June 1-2, 2015)

A note on the Islamic Calendar

Sufis  can  think  of  the  calendar  as  a  way  to  observe  Allah.  Often  when  we  are  caught  up  in   daily  tasks  and  routines  we  consume  time  blindly.  Special  months  and  holy  days  help  us  to   stop  living  automatically  and  pay  more  attention  to  what  Allah  is  sharing  with  us  all  the   time.

“My  servants  annoy  Me  when  they  complain  about  time,  for  I  am  time  (ana  ad-­‐dahr);   in  My  hand  is  the  day  and  the  night”.   — hadith  qudsi

Special  days  can  help  us  contemplate  the  meaning  of  this  hadith  qudsi.  The  calendar  is  one   means  of  noticing  His  qualities  and  actions  in  time  and  how  they  permeate  everything.

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The  Month  of  Sha’ban  

The  month  of  Sha’ban  (the  eighth  month of the Islamic Calendar)  has  its  own  special  qualities.  For  the   pre-­‐Islamic  Arabs,  it  was  called  the  month  of  separation,  when  the  tribes  and  clans  would   disperse  in  search  of  water  or  grasslands  for  their  flocks.

According  to  our  pir  Abdul  Qadir  al-­‐Geylani (may  Allah   sanctify  his  secret),  the  month  is  particularly  associated  with  the  Prophet  Muhammad   (peace  be  upon  him),  and  so  is  an  occasion  to  remember  him  more  and  do  more  salawat.

The  Prophet  (peace  be  upon  him)  used  to  observe  a  lot  of  optional  fast  days  in  the  first  half   of  Sha’ban,  more  than  any  other  month.  In  the  last  half  of  Sha’ban,  he  did  not  fast,  as   Ramadan  is  approaching.

A narrative  holds  that  in  a  sermon,  the  Prophet  (peace  be  upon  him)  said:     “O  people!    Lighten  and  cleanse  your  bodies  by  way  of  fasting  in  Sha’ban,  so  that  it   shall  be  easy  and  helpful  to  you  for  the  fast  during  Ramadan.  Whoso  fasts  for  three   days  during  Sha’ban,  all  his  past  sins  are  wiped  away.”

Holy Day & Night: Sha’ban 14-15, 1436 / June 1-2, 2015 — Nisfu Sha’ban (mid-Sha’ban)

The night when all sins are forgiven if prayed with sincerity. A blessed day to fast. Starts on Sha’ban 14 after sundown and ends at dusk on Sha-ban 15.

For this Holy Day do the following zikr:
1001 Estaughfirallah (trans: I ask for Your forgiveness)
501 Ya Gafur Ya Awf (Gafur: Forgiver, Hider of Faults or Shame; Awf: Forgiver)

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