Hadith for Children
The month of Salat upon the Prophet صَلَّى ا الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم
Maulana Muhammad Jawaid Asttari Madani
The beloved Prophet صَلَّى ا الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said: ‘شَعْبَانُ شَھْرِیْ وَرَمَضَانُ شَھْرُ الـلّٰـه,’ meaning, ‘Sha’ban is my month, and Ramadan is the month of Allah.’
The Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said Sha’ban is his month because he would keep optional fasts in this month. And Ramadan is the month of Allah because He made it necessary to fast during this month.
Dear children, Sha’ban is the eighth month of the Islamic year. This month is also called the month of the Prophet. It is also called the month of Salat. It is mentioned in Ghunyah al-Talibeen: ‘In the month of Sha’ban, a lot of Salat is sent upon Sayyiduna Muhammad صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم; this is the month of sending Salat upon the Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم.’
In this month, the companions رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُم would also become busier in remembering Allah and reciting the Quran. They would also keep more optional fasts. Sayyiduna Anas رَضِىَی الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ said: ‘After sighting the moon of Sha’ban, the companions would busy themselves in reciting the Quran and paying their zakat.’
Dear children, there is a very special night in this month called “The Night of Salvation”. The pious people of Allah spend this night in worship. Sayyiduna Muhammad Bin Ishaaq al-Makki al-Faakihi رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْـه was a pious person who passed away approximately 1100 years ago. He writes in his book: ‘On the Night of Salvation, the people of Makkah would go to al-Masjid al-Haraam, pray salah and do tawaaf of the Ka’bah. They would recite the Quran, stay awake and worship until the morning. They would drink Zam Zam water, use it for bathing, and store it for the people who were ill. By doing these things, they would receive the blessings of this night.”
Dear children, on this night, you should also bathe; wear new, clean clothes; and apply fragrance. Then, join the gathering of Dawat-e-Islami or a gathering taking place in your local Masjid. Bring your father, guardian or older brother with you. Spend this night performing a lot of worship, reading the Quran, remembering Allah Almighty and sending Salat upon the Prophet to gain blessings اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـه.
We pray to Allah Almighty that He gives us the ability to spend this night in worship and refrain from sin.
اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْاَمِیْن صَلَّی اللہ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلہٖ وَسَلَّم