30 thoughts on “The Holy Nights of Islam

  1. salam.. unfortunately there is very little evidence for holding these nights special based on the authentic ahadith (except Lailat ul Qadr of course).

    I am not planning to get into a spat about bidah vs non-bidah, but buyer beware.

    Research for yourself and satisfy yourself about when and how you worship. One easy one to ask is if the Sahaba took “advantage” of all the nights mentioned? What did the 4 imams have to say about them? Especially considering that there are a million more proven-Sunnah, non-controversial opportunities to come closer to Allah.

    wallahu-alam

  2. BismillaharRahmanirRahim

    as-salaamu ‘alaikum. Amad there is enough evidence to prove that these nights hold a special value. There are examples from Qur’an for some, hadith for others or Qur’an and hadith such as the night you have mentioned Laylat al-Qadr.

    But one thing is for certain, spending the day prior to these Holy Nights fasting and remembering your Lord, then spending the night in prayer is better than not doing it.

    Likewise, remembering the Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) and making intention to connect your heart to him is better than not doing it.

    Therefore one may choose to spend these Holy Nights as normal, while others spend them fasting and in prayer. Likewise, one may choose to live life as usual while others take a moment, one night, to give it their all.

    We all have choices to make. And we make them, may Allah Almighty reward us for our good choices and forgive us for our bad ones, amin.

    -Saifuddin

  3. BismillahirRahmanirRahim
    Salamu’alaykum,

    Doesn’t this ever get old? It’s so 90′s.

    Let us have our holy days (holidays) please, thank you very much.

  4. As’salamu Aleikum all,

    I am familiar with Laylat al-Miraj, Laylat al-Qadr, but where did the other went mentioned in Ahadith or Quran? Especially Laylat al-Bara’at.

    And Laylat al-Mawlid? Come on guys! Our Beloved Prophet (pbuh) or his companions did not celebrate his birth day, and do we know the exact date of the Prophet’s (pbuh) birthday?

    BTW, it was the Prophet’s practice to fast and stay awake all night to pray, and with no particularly reason other than to worship.

  5. for gess, for Laylatul Baraat

    qtida’ al-sirat al-mustaqim:

    [Some] said: There is no difference between this night (mid-Sha`ban) and other nights of the year. However, the opinion of many of the people of learning, and that of the majority of our companions (i.e. the Hanbali school) and other than them is that it is a night of superior merit, and this is what is indicated by the words of Ahmad (ibn Hanbal), in view of the many ahadith which are transmitted concerning it, and in view of what confirms this from the words and deeds transmitted from the early generations (al-athar al-salafiyya). Some of its merits have been narrated in the books of hadith of the musnad and sunan types. This holds true even if other things have been forged concerning it. — Iqtida’ al-sirat al-mustaqim (1369/1950 ed.) p. 302.

    Ibn Hibban narrated from Mu`adh ibn Jabal in his Sahih the following narration which the hadith scholar and editor of the Sahih Shu`ayb Arna’ut confirmed as sound:

    The Prophet said : yattali`u Allahu ila khalqihi fi laylati al-nisfi min sha`bana fa-yaghfiru li-jami`i khalqihi illa li mushrikin aw mushahin.

    Allah looks at His creation in the night of mid-Sha`ban and He forgives all His creation except for a mushrik (idolater) or a mushahin (one bent on hatred).26

    Haythami said that Tabarani also narrated it in his Kabir and Awsat with chains containing only trustworthy narrators, that is: sound (sahih) chains; Ibn Khuzayma included it in his Sahih, which has the same level of acceptance among the experts as Sahih Muslim; and even Albani included it in his Silsila sahiha!

    2. Tirmidhi and Ahmad narrate from `Abd Allah ibn `Amr, and al-Bazzar with a chain he graded as fair (hasan) through the great Tabi`i jurist al-Qasim ibn Muhammad ibn Abi Bakr al-Siddiq:

    Allah looks upon His creatures on the night of mid-Sha`ban and He forgives all His servants except two: one intent on hatred, and the homicide.

    and so many more

  6. As far as Mawlid:

    Abu Qatada al-Ansari narrates in Sahih Muslim, Kitab al-siyam, that the Prophet(may Allahs blessings and peace be upon him) was asked about the fast of Monday, and he answered: “That is the day that I was born and that is the day I received the prophecy.”

    So the Prophet (S) commemorated his birthday even more than we do, every Monday.

  7. Wa’aleikum salaam anobody,

    Regarding your second post, The Prophet fasted both Thursdays and Mondays which is a Sunnah to fast these two days. So again, does it mean I celebrate his birthday if I fast on Mondays? And you did not answer my question; do we have written reference of The Prophet’s (pbuh) birthday.

    Salaam

  8. its very clear. the Prophet (PBUH) is saying he is fasting Mondays because it was his birthday.

    it doesnt require a degree in physics to understand that hadith.

    That is commemorating and remembering his birthday. If you fast on that day, you are following his Sunnah of remembering and celebrating his birthday. So it is sunnah to remember and celebrate his birthday. if you are not doing it, you are not following his sunnah. if you are writing against it, thats even worse and you should keep quiet.

    He fasted on thursdays for different reasons, and if you fast on thursday for that reason then again you are following his sunnah, and because he said on thursdays your deeds are presented to Allah.

    Yes we have reference of his blessed birthday, there is a lot of text about it. some people make a dispute of whether it is 17th or 12th, doesn’t matter. We know it was monday.

    You can celebrate the birth of the Prophet(pbuh) any time of the year on that day, every week or every year. it doesn’t have to fall on the exact microsecond, minute, hour, or day. the point is you are remembering that the prophet (pbuh) was born and sent to mankind.

    that is sunnah.

  9. Please stop posting or linking to bidah. This is pure bidah and not from the religion. The only correct night mentioned is Laylatul Qadr.

    Please cease and desist. I ask everyone to steer clear from those teachings and stick to what was revealed by Allah to our Prophet (SAW). And not follow some mystical teachings which are baseless.

    Please IJTEMA, be careful next time you post.

    JazakAllah.

    P.S. sorry for being harsh, but there are too many detractors from the deen in this day and age.

  10. As’salamu Aleikum anobody,

    Does it sound reasonable to you, that Prophets were send to celebrate their birthdays? I hardly know any Prophets who took this act or even considered to have a special day for themselves. Our Beloved Prophet (pbuh) had no meal cooked in his house in three successive days, and he was generous to give alms. Selfish is not what comes to your mind when think of our Prophet (pbuh), and what ever he did, it was an act of worship. So tell me, how can it be an act of worship of Allah(swt) if we celebrate the Prophet’s birthday?

    Manas,

    Who is Sh. YQ? And why him?

  11. I don’t really care what sounds reasonable, I am looking at facts and the Prophet (S) comemmorated and remembered his birthday according to hadith.

    So gess, tell me what exactly is your point? That the hadith is wrong?

  12. i also don’t understand why you think the prophet (pbuh) remembering his birthday and doing extra fasting on that day was ‘selfish’… so many sayings of the prophet (pbuh) show us that we are supposed to send salawat on him. was he being ‘selfish’ when he was telling us to do that?

  13. 1) Anobody said: “[Some] said …”
    but he neglected (intentionally or unintentionally) to translate who those [Some] were.

    What Ibn Taymiyah said was: “Some SCHOLARS FROM THE SALAF, FROM MADINAH, AND OTHERS FROM THE LATTER GENERATIONS denied its virtue, and ATTACKED (considered unauthentic) THE HADEETHS CONCERNING IT. They said: There is no difference between this night and other nights of the year”.

    Scholars from the Salaf from Madinah, and scholars from the Khalaf … not just “some” … if you care to quote honestly and seek the truth.

    By the way, the reason he mentioned Madinah was because until the 6th century, Madinah was considered the city which was most free from innovation.

    2) Also Anobody did not translate the sentence afterwards. Ibn Taymiyah said: “Singling out the middle of Sha’baan with fasting is baseless. In fact it is discouraged to single it out. So is taking it as an occasion in which food is cooked and ornaments appear. It is among the baseless innovated occasions.”

    This is exactly what happens in different parts of the world … food and treating it like an occasion.

    The Salaf used to say: Ahlussunnah present arguments for AND against them, people of Bid’ah only present arguments for them … it is not easy to classify Anobody to be among the first group!

  14. How can you ever compare sending salaams to our Beloved Prophet (pbuh) to Birthday celebration?

    Don’t remember the Sahih Hadith, where the Archangel Gabriel (as) taught the Prophet (pbuh) to tell his Ummah to send salaams?

  15. ok, anobody.

    Please don’t take me wrong. I am here to understand why Laylat al-Mawlid is Sunnah, when it was not common practice in the time of the Prophet (pbuh), and if that was important worship, then surely many Ahadith would report or even be mentioned in the Qur’an.

    And yes, I’d like to see a reference of Laylat al-Mawlid (Hadith numbers, and Historic accounts)

    There is nothing wrong to show loves to our Prophet(pbuh). We all know many famous Ahadith , where people would give their wealth and beyond just to be near The Prophet (pbuh), and one Sahaba even asked the Prophet(pbuh) of his shawl to be used later in burial.

  16. AA- Manas,

    With due respect to Amad and Sh. Yasir, your singling them out for guidance on this matter seems to be implying that they are the sole possessors of the correct knowledge. Surely the existence of ikhtilaaf on these matters points to more than one correct answer. So if we are sincerely looking for scholarly input, let us be willing to ask and accept it from all sides.

  17. Salam Br. Naeem.
    Asking for the opinion of a person of knowledge does not mean that this particular Shaykh is the only one worthy of providing guidance… it simply means that the person is respected by Manas and he would like to get his opinion on it. Nothing more, nothing less. One side is already presented, the other side’s opinion is being sought, as you alluded to as being preferred.

    I also disagree that existence of ikhtilaf implies that there is more than one correct opinion. It implies exactly what it says: that there is difference of opinion. It is possible to have two correct opinions on some matters. But two opinions on the same matter, when the difference is for the matter being halal or haram and bidah or sunnah, cannot logically be both correct. One is wrong, the other is right. But if proper ijtihad is conducted by the scholar, then he is rewarded even if he is wrong.

    My only point was that a person should look into it, consider both sides, and do what is he finds to be the safest position. As for me, I look to the sahabah to see if they performed certain actions, and if they did not, I stay away from it. I am not aware that they celebrated any of the nights here, except for Lailatul Qadr. Perhaps I am mistaken, but as I mentioned, I would rather engage in the many sunnahs that I know are not controversial, than to risk engaging in matters of doubt.

    wallahualam

  18. manas i already gave the actual narration, source, and the transmitter of the hadith.

    *how* people celebrate it is not the point, the question was whether the prophet (pbuh) celebrated it. and he did. we also dont have to celebrate weddings the exact same way the prophet (pbuh) did, there is never any limit of doing good things. is there?

    if we do too many good things on a certain day , night or hour, are we doing a bidaa?

    gess i doubt you have been to a single milad program with the great shaykhs such as hamza yusuf and imam zaid and others.

    there is no birthday cake with candles, just simple remembering of the prophet (pbuh) with learning seerah and salawat. are you really saying this is bad? wow.

  19. To anybody,

    OK, I can understand your situation. You are honestly trying to follow the correct way, inshaAllah. The hadith you mention regarding the Prophet’s (SAW) birthday is saheeh. But it never state’s to CELEBRATE his birthday or single-out that particular night. Rather, it gives an alternative, stating that you should fast on Mondays in general.

    The exact hadith is found on this authentic site by Sheikh Salih Al Munajad.

    http://www.islam-qa.com/index.php?ref=13810&ln=eng

  20. WAS dear brother Naeem

    Please do ask scholars you know. I am trying not to take sides, dear bro. I am just trying to know what is correct.

    Of all the commentators, only br. Amad and gess have commented in a way that I could reach back to them.

    Moreover, Sh. YQ is known and respected. That’s why I asked for his opinion on this.

    JAK in advance.

  21. BismillahirRahmaniRahim
    Salamu’alaykum Manas and Gess,

    Saifuddin’s post (which this is really about) doesn’t specify what you or I have to do on these nights, it only says these nights are significant nights in the Heavens.

    Looking at the things mentioned about the night from Sahih sources, does anyone disagree that they were and are holy and special?

  22. As’salamu Aleikum all,

    I agree with Brother Naeem. It was wrong to single out one scholar, instead of asking what the Qur’an says or Ahadith or other Islamic historic accounts say about the issue. Nor is it Islamic tradition to single out one source. Usually, the person who is doing the research presents many point of views with strong reference to the AHadith and Qur’an. To single out one person, sounds to me selective.

  23. Wa’aleikum salaam Yursil,

    There is no doubt in every Muslim’s mind, that Laylat al-Miraj and Laylat al-Qadr are considered holy nights, both nights were mentioned in Qur’an and the AHadith, so, no discussion here.

    With regards to the other nights, please read my previous comments, Jazak Allah Khair.

  24. As far as I can see, there seems to be no unanimity on this matter amongst us. I must confess, I am confused. Dear brothers and sisters, let us try our best to find out what is correct, and follow it. Let also disagreements not cause discord among us.

    Br. Amad has kindly asked Sh. Haitham Hamdan. According to him-
    “Lailatul Qadr … Sunnah.
    Middle of Sha’baan … some Salaf considered it Sunnah … correct opinion: not Sunnah.
    The rest … not Sunnah.”

    Br. Saifuddin, the islam-qa site linked by anobody above makes a strong case against celebrating the Prophet (SAW) birthday.

    Br. Naeem, I am waiting for your response.

    Br. Yusril, I see no problem with spending the night in worship. Confusion is whether we should hold these days special. If you like, please find out from the scholars you know and let us know.

    Sr. gess, try giving your brothers and sisters benefit of doubt. Please try suggesting what you think should be done, like br. Naeem has done above and avoid an accusatory tone (even if not intentional.)

    Other anonymous commentators: JAK for your opinions. This seems to be a matter in which there is much disagreement amongst us. All we sincerely want to know is which one is correct.

    Wallahu ‘Alim.

  25. BismillahirRahmanirRahim
    Salamu’alaykum,

    I think hoping to find solutions to problems which have splintered the community on this message board is a bit of a effort in futility.

    For every islam-qa site, there are huge volumes written which make strong arguments for it.

    It is really a personal decision on everyones part to attempt to understand both sides and come to a conclusion on what they want to follow.

    You said, “Confusion is whether we should hold these days special”

    I have trouble exactly understanding what that means. What does “special” mean, and what are the consequences of being special?

    Our local masjid will have an event every year where the Sunday School kids will speak on the Battle of Badr, around its anniversary. Is that holding a day to be ‘special’? Maybe.

    The Prophet (S) and Muslims for generations have considered the days listed in Saifuddin’s post as days of significant events, as its extremely naive in my opinion to think that the days (as described) are insignificant.

    The question then becomes do we believe the event that was happening on that day (as described) is insignificant?

    To consider them insignificant is, in my opinion, a demonstration of not understanding what those days signify.

    For example, speaking on Laylatul Rajab, it is Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani (Rah) a saint whose status no one has questioned (not even Ibn Taymiyya), who wrote in the Ghunya an entire chapter on the excellent qualities of Rajab and the hadith of the Prophet (S) about fasting in the first of Friday “Laylatul Rajab”:

    http://www.ummah.net/Al_adaab/months/rajab3.html

    The Prophet (S) said:
    “It is most important, however, that none of you should neglect the first Friday in Rajab, for it is the night that the Malaa-ika call the Night of Wishes [Lailat ar-Ragha'ib]. This is because, by the time the first third of the night has elapsed, there will not be a single angel still at large in the heavens, nor in any region of the earth bar one. They will all be gathered together in the Ka’bah and the area immediately surrounding it. Allah (Exalted is He) will condescend to notice that they have assembled there, and He will say: “My angels, ask Me for whatever you wish!” Their response to this will be: “Our Rabb, the request we wish to make is that You grant forgiveness to those who faithfully keep the fast in Rajab,” whereupon Allah (Exalted is He) will tell them: “That I have already done!”"

    Now we know who is denying this (along with all other nights).. So now the debate is over those who claim these hadith are ‘weak’ and which Shaykhs to listen to.

    Do we really want to be the arbitrators in all this?

    In Ottoman times, for 700 years, the Calipha of Islam and the ulema all held these days with special observance. They looked into this, and didn’t waste their time either.

    If some modern ‘scholars’ don’t agree with them, that is their personal rebellion in my opinion. It is certainly still established within the minds of the majority where Mawlid and other nights are held very special, because of the events that happened on them are special.

    Until then we will wait for Imam Mahdi (AS) who will restablish the Calipha to clear it up inshaAllah.

    In the meantime, we will be trying to worship.

  26. BismillahirRahmanirRahim
    Salamu’alaykum,

    By the way, I also read over the Islamqa site and the site plainly states:

    “Whoever wants to venerate the day on which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was born should follow the alternative that is based on Islamic evidence, which is that one should fast on Mondays, not just the day that he was born but every Monday. ”

    So they too admit the Prophet (S) held his birthday special. So we are trying to do it every Monday, and not just the yearly anniversary of his birth.

    -Yursil

  27. Br. Yusril

    Ulema is divided on this issue. Br. Naeem pointed out that this has been a long standing debate and we are not going to solve this here (if ever.)

    Personally, I shall avoid celebrating the doubtful ones it because of the Hadith that urges us to replace that which is doubtful with that which isn’t.

    However, either side can be right. We should not fight over it.

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