As-salamu `alaykum. Please, what are the acts of worship that we should do in the month of Shaban?
Shaikh Ahmad Kutty 27 March, 2020
Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
1- Fasting is highly recommended in this month, especially in the first half. However, we should stop fasting as we get closer to Ramadan. In this way, we stay away from joining the fasting of Shaban with that of Ramadan.
2- Reading of the Quran is another great virtue to practice. Some of the salaf called this month as the month of recitations.
3- Engaging in dhikr and establishing consistency in it is highly rewarding.
4- We may do well to use the time to brush up on our knowledge of Ramadan and the rules and adab (teachings) of fasting of Ramadan. Ali ibn Abi Talib, the fourth caliph, said, “There are no benefits to be derived from worship without knowledge.”
It has been reported by the Companions that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to fast in the month of Shaban more than any other month (except Ramadan). As mentioned by scholars, it is a preparation for Ramadan.
Allah Almighty knows best.