Is the virtue of 15th of Sha’ban proven, or is it a bid’ah (innovation)?
I am a firm believer that 15th of Shabaan is a blessed night. I have come across many people who claim it is nowhere to be found in Hadith and it is a Bidah to claim the night being a blessed night. In the light of Sunnah and Hadith, please discuss this topic. Shukran and Jazakallah,
According tho the reliable scholars of the Ahlus Sunnah, the fifteenth of Sha’ban, which is commonly referred to as “Laylatul Bara-ah” (refer: Tafsir Razi and Ruhul ma’ani, surah 44. Ayah:3) is indeed one of the significant nights in the Islamic calendar.
Ibnul Haj (rahimahullah) states:
“The salaf (pious predecessors) would sanctify this night and prepare themselves for it in advance”
(Al-Madkhal, vol.1 pg.299)
Imam ‘Ata ibn Yasar (rahimahullah) –the great Tabi’i of Madinah– said:
“After Laylatul-Qadr, there is no other night in the year that is more virtuous than the middle (15th) night of Sha’ban”
(Lataif al-Ma’arif, pg.264 & Sunan Sa’eed ibn Mansur; refer: Husnul Bayan, pg.11)
Some people, due to being ill-informed refute the auspiciousness of this occasion.
And Allah Ta’ala knows best,
Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer