The 15th of Shabaan is also known as Neema-e-Shabaan (middle of Shabaan) and it is also remembered as Shab-e-Barat among Muslims. It is a highly virtuous night during which our last Imam Mohammad Mehdi(a.s.) was born.
Imam Ali(a.s.) relates from the Prophet Mohammad(pbuh&hf) that the 15th of Shabaan is a highly virtuous night and the believers should spend this night offering prayers and should observe fast on the following day. Verily during this night until dawn Allah(swt) inquires Malaik (angels) - is there anyone who repents his sins and I forgive him/her? Is there anyone who asks for increase in earnings (Rizk/Rozi) and I grant so.
Summary of Aamal of Neema-e-Shabaan (Click here to see the Aamal in urdu from Mafateeh-ul-Jinaan)
Imam Zain-al-Abideen(a.s.) said that if someone wishes to meet the souls of the One Hundred Twenty Four Thousand Prophets, he/she should recite the ziarat of Imam Hussain(a.s.) during this night . Since it is the night of the birth of Imam Zamana(a.s.), it is recommended to recite the ziarat of Imam Zamana(a.s.) as well.
The following dua is equivalent to the Ziarat of Imam Zamana(a.s.) and is recommended to be recited during this night.
|ALLAHUMMA BIHAQQE LAILATINA HAZEHI
WA MO-OODIHAL LATI QARANTA
ILA FADLIHA FADLAN
FA-TAMMAT KALIMATUKA SIDQAN
WA ADLAN LA MUBAD-DIL BI-KALIMATIKA
WA LA MOAQ-QIBA LI-AYATIKA NURU-KAL MUTA-AL-LIQU
WA ZIYA-UKAL MUSHRIKU
WAL ALAMUN-NOORU FI TAKHYA-ID-DAIJOORIL GHA-IBUL
MASTOOR JAL-LA MAOLIDUHU
WA KARUMA MUHTIDUHU
WAL MALA-IKATU SHUH-HADUHU
WAL LAHUY NASIRUHU
WA MU-AI-YIDUHU IZA AANA MIAADUHU
WAL MALA-IKATU AMDADUHU SAIFULLAHIL LAZI LA YANBU
WA NOORUHUL LAZI LA YAKHBU
WA ZUL HILMIL LAZI LA YASBU MADARUD DAHRI
WA NAWAMISUL ASRI
WA WULATUL AMRI
WAL MUNAZ-ZALU ALAIHIMUZ ZIKRU
WA MA YANZILU FI LAILATIL QADRI
WA ASHABUL HASHRI
WA AN NIASHRI TARAJIMATU
WAH-YIHI WA WULATU AMRIHI WA NAHYIHI
ALLA HUMMA FA SAL-LE ALA KHATIMIHIM
WA QAA-IMIHIMUL MASTOORI AN AWALIMIHIM
WA ADRIK BINA AY-YAMAHI
WA ZAHOORAHU WA QIYAMAHU
WAJ ALNA MIN ANSARIHI
WAQRIN SARANA BISARIHI
WAKTUBNA FI AAWANIHI
WA AHYINA FI DAOLATIHI NA-IMEENA
WA BISUHBATIHI GHANIMEENA
WA BIHAQQIHI QAAIMEENA
WA MINAS SOO-I SALIMEENA YA ARHAMAR RAHIMEENA
WAL HAMDU LILLAHI RAB BIL AALAMEENA
WA SALLE ALA MOHAMMADIN KHATAMIN NABEEYEENA
WA ALA AHLI BAITIHIS SADIQEENA
WA ITRATIHIN NATIQEENA
WAL AN JAMEE AZ ZALIMEENA
WAHKUM BAINANA WA BAINAHUM
YA AHKAMAL HAKIMEEN
It is recommended to recite 4 Rakaat prayer in this night and in each rakat recite :
- one time Sura-e-Hamd and
- 100 times Sura Tawheed (Qul ho Allaho ahad) .
This prayer should be followed by the following Dua :
|ALLAHUMA INNI ILAIKA FAQEERUN
WA MIN AZABIKA KHAYEFUN
WA BIKA MUSTAJEERUN RABBI LA TUBADDIL ISMI
WA LA TUGHAYYER JISMI
RABBI LA TAJHAD BALAYI
RABBI LA TUSHMIT BIYAL AADAYI
AAOOZO BI-AFWIKA MIN IQABIKA
WA AAOOZO BIREHMATEKA MIN AZABIKA
WA AAOOZO BIRIZAKA MIN SAKHTIKA
WA AAOOZO BIKA MINKA
JALLA SANAAOKA ANTA KAMA ASNEITA ALA NAFSIKA
WA FAUQA MA YAQOOLUL QAEELOONA FEEKA
Imam Mohammad Baqir(a.s.) said that whoever recites :
100 times "Subhan Allah",
100 times "Alhamd-o-lillah",
100 times "Allaho Akbar" and
100 times "La ilaha il-Allah"
during this night, Allah(swt) will forgive his/her previous sins and will accept his/her prayers.
It is also recommended to recite :
10 Rakaat prayer in sets of 2 Rakaat each.
In each Rakat recite once Sura-e-Hamd and
10 times Sura Tawheed (Qul ho Allaho ahad).
After each 2 Rakat set offer Sajda and recite this Dua :
|ALLAHUMMA LAKA SAJADA SAWADI
WA KHAYALI WA BAYADI
YA AZEEMA KULLE AZEEMIN
IGHFIRLI ZAMBI-AL AZEEMA
FA INNAHU LA YAGHFIRU-HU GHAIRUKA YA AZEEMO
Best Dua during this night is "Dua-e-Kumail" and “Dua-e-Nudba”.
In addition, recite Quran and other virtuous duas as you deem necessary and ask for the forgiveness of past sins and the betterment of the future.
Towards the end of the night, Momineen and Mominaat usually present their griefs, worries and desires to the last Imam Mohammad Mehdi(a.s.) called "AREEZA" which is in fact a letter to the Imam(a.s.). This letter is written with a lot of love and affection using Safron as ink and is traditionally wrapped up in flour or pure soil and sprinkled with scents (Itar) and is thrown in a river with the intention that it reaches our beloved Imam-e-Zamana(a.s.).
Click here to see the Arabic Text and Translation of the Areeza format